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Wednesday, May 16 • 16:00 - 17:00
Technologies in Support of Next Generation Climate and Weather Services: Facilitating Integration, Standardization and Incentive Systems

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The use of technology in the weather and climate sphere prompts challenges to the protection of human rights in ways that are not obvious. If law, policy and governance and its role in standardization should have an emancipatory potential, then it would stem from its ability to account for and safeguard rights and equitable concerns, in the face of challenges that result from the integration of emerging technologies. In the context of satellite technologies, and Distributed Ledger Technologies, panelists discuss how we think about the relationship between innovations and techniques to address changing weather and climate in the context of social conditions and the need for a better understanding of the world around us. But what exactly needs to be safeguarded while solutions are rolled out? Could it be that safeguarding rights would be individuals having the courage to secure the role of setting the standards/rules/smart contracts in order to preempt the powerful from having total control of future innovations and outcomes? What is the role of transparency as a safeguard, and technology frameworks that not only support incentive systems but give individuals the perception that they are in control of the processes happening around them, and decisions being made in the use of technology also reflect the values, beliefs and expectations of marginalized populations? A pure focus on individuals however may be incomplete, as addressing the systemic issues of weak central institutions that do not adequately consider the challenges faced by society is also an important priority.

 


Moderators
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Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty, PhD

Post-doctoral Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation
Space and satellites | Environmental Law and Climate Change | Emerging digital technologies and their integration: law and policy implications

Speakers
avatar for Stella Melo

Stella Melo

Manager, Government of Canada
STELLA MELO | Stella has a PhD is Space Science and since then has worked pushing the edge of knowledge and fostering innovation on fields of earth and planetary atmospheres, climate and weather. She worked for over 10 years at the Canadian Space Agency as Program Scientist providing... Read More →
avatar for James Slifierz

James Slifierz

CEO, SkyWatch
James is the Co-Founder and CEO at SkyWatch Space Applications. He is also a Co-Founder and Chair of MaxQ, Canada's first organization focused on developing the space startup ecosystem, and the Lead Organizer for NASA Space Apps Waterloo. In 2014 James was a part of the team that... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 16:00 - 17:00
201A

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