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WORLDCOMP'14 Tutorial: Darren Gudmundson

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The Use of ICT to Mitigate Income Inequality
Darren Gudmundson
Income-Inequality.com
Canada

Date: July 22, 2014 - 5:45pm
Location: Ballroom 5


Abstract

    Canada and the United States face growing in-country income inequality. Leading academic research from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization for Economic Cooperative Development (OECD), and other independent economists and political scientists have identified the contributing factors to increased in-country income inequality over the past thirty years as: changes to trade policy, changes to finance policy, changes to labour policy, changes to taxation policy, and, Information Communications Technologies (ICT).

    While there is no shortage of discussion on what changes to make in trade policy, finance policy, taxation policy, or labour policy to mitigate growing income inequality, there is near silence on the role of ICT.

    This session articulates the economic environment in Canada and the United States and details the contributory role of ICT to the concentration of wealth and examines how ICT can be used to mitigate income inequality.


Objectives

    Engage participants in a public discussion on the role of ICT in the concentration of wealth and income inequality; and, identify and articulate how ICT can be used to mitigate the growing income and wealth gap.


Intended Audience

    Innovators.


Biography of Instructors

    Darren Gudmundson is a veteran political activist, programmer, systems administrator, project manager, and business analyst. Through the late 1980s and 1990s he used ICT to revolutionize voter identification and get-out-the-vote efforts for the Manitoba New Democratic Party. He has served as an advisor to Cabinet and currently enjoys his role as an innovator and agitator.

    Always seeking new ideas and applications for Information and Communications Technologies he recently completed his Masters of Science Degree, Information Systems Management with his dissertation on the contributory role of ICT with respect to the concentration of wealth and how ICT can be used to mitigate income inequality.

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