Inclusion in Technology: How to Build Better Future Together

Understand the challenges we need to overcome to create a more inclusive technological environment for all

About the course

How can tech-related environments become more inclusive and accessible for the disabled? What’s the role of the government in Regtech? How Distributed Ledger Technologies can benefit both private and public sector?

New technologies, such as Blockchain and Crypto, present limitless possibilities and opportunities for increasing the quality of many services across various industries. However, in order to take full advantage of them, there’s a need for appropriate regulations to be in place.

Our guest, Lord Holmes, is extremely passionate about social justice and inclusion. In this course, he will introduce you to the current challenges we’re facing in terms of providing the right regulations for the emerging technologies and how they could be overcome.

You will also appreciate the work that has already been done in order to create a more welcoming environment in the technological field, as well as what still needs to be done to ensure digital skills and payments are accessible to all.

Difficulty: Foundation
Duration: 35mins

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The expert you’ll be learning from

Christopher Holmes

The Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE

Lord Holmes cares deeply about the diversity and inclusion in the technology field. He campaigns to increase the accessibility of this environment for the disabled. Moreover, through his Private Members Bill, he works with the government towards ending the injustice of unpaid internships across all the industries.

Christopher is Britain’s most successful Paralympic swimmer. He won 9 gold, 5 silver and 1 bronze medal. He was also a great contributor to organizing the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

He has previously been a member of specialist House of Lords Select Committees. In Parliament, he sits on the influential Science and Technology Select Committee. He is also the co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Assistive Technology, Fintech, Blockchain, AI and 4th Industrial Revolution.

Course Content

In this course, we will be interviewing Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE, a prominent figure in the world of RegTech and emerging technologies. Lord Holmes is the Chancellor of the Open University and a member of the House of Lords, where he serves as a non-partisan member.
In this chapter, we will discuss Lord Holmes’ background and career milestones, including his role as a swimmer and lawyer. We will also explore his involvement in the world of RegTech and Digital Transformation, and discuss the new bill for crypto and blockchain that aims to provide regulatory guidance for these rapidly-evolving industries.
In this chapter, we will delve into Lord Holmes’ thoughts on the opportunities presented by emerging technologies such as blockchain and AI. We will also discuss the concept of “smart cities” and the role of the government in creating these technologically advanced urban centres. Additionally, we will explore the topic of fostering talent and funding in the emerging tech space, and discuss the level of interest in the Metaverse among policymakers and public sector employees in the UK.
We will discuss Lord Holmes’ report on “Distributed Ledger Technologies for Public and Private Good: leadership, collaboration, and innovation.” We will explore the ways in which governments have benefitted from DLT and how it has also benefited the wider population. We will also discuss the challenges of making digital skills more accessible to all and the importance of inclusivity in digital payments.
In conclusion, the interview with Lord Holmes highlights the importance of RegTech in Digital Transformation, the potential and challenges of emerging technologies such as blockchain and crypto, and the need for inclusivity in digital payments. Through this discussion, we have gained valuable insights into the role of the government in fostering innovation and the opportunities and challenges presented by emerging technologies.

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