Technology and research

Technology has been the main driver of change in our day-to-day lives since the first industrial revolution to the bulk of the population from fields to factories.

Today’s technological changes are equally immense. In the post-industrial world the roles of work, home life, leisure and democratic engagement are entwined with the development of digital technology. The challenges faced by society in the changes that are now well under way will define the balance of power in the decades ahead and will fundamentally affect the direction of democratic life and the place of the individual within society. The issues before us are not about stopping technological change - that has never worked and never will - but about defining limits, rights and ultimately about how the benefits are shared.

The job of progressive politicians and legislators is to establish and influence frameworks within which innovation can develop to serve humanity and the interests of the many.