What a difference a decade makes. Over the last 10 years, the importance of digital technology has grown dramatically, to the point where it affects almost every aspect of our lives. But making the most of digital – and avoiding the potential downsides – depends upon understanding the interaction between technology and the people who use it.
Led by Led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Innovate UK and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Digital Economy Theme is a programme of funding for research that has been looking at ways of harnessing the enormous potential of digital technologies, for our economy, our communities, our cultural lives, and our health and wellbeing.
The Digital Economy Theme has published a brochure in conjunction with their 10th anniversary to showcase some of the best research it has supported.
Fair’s fair online (pages 24 & 25) describes the work of a consortium of Digital Economy theme supported researchers from Horizon, tackling one of the most pressing challenges of the internet age – fairness online and Telling its own story (pages 28 & 29) explains an extraordinary guitar – developed to capture and tell its own life history through the use of unique technology.