Knowledge Society Debates: A battle of enlightenments

By SHANTI MAHENDRA Bangalore was second location on the STEPS Centre’s Knowledge Society debates three-city tour of India,on the 8-9 January. The public discussion in Bangalore, entitled ‘Knowledge Futures in the Innovation City’, touched on a good many subjects including: ‘knowledge’ never being innocent or existing alone; there being more to the talk of ‘knowledge…

Knowledge Society Debates: truth, politics and the knowledge society

By SHANTI MAHENDRA Members of the STEPS centre and several Indian scholars from Hyderabad, India discussed issues around what a ‘knowledge society’ means on 5-6 January. At the roundtable discussion 5 January, about 30 academicians discussed overarching issues of how controversies around science and technology are issues about democracy, ethics and social relations. This discussion…

TECHNOLOGY MYTHS DEBUNKED

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member A press release lands in the STEPS Centre’s in-box announcing: “It’s myth busting time. The myth that lightly regulated global finance capital can generate unending profits and prosperity is well and truly busted by the credit crunch.” Well, we can’t argue there. But the release is actually about a…

Knowledge Society Debates

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member In India, as in Europe, visions of a knowledge society have brought science, technology and innovation to the forefront of politics, democracy and public life. As India positions itself in global high-technology markets and European governments attempt to tame their sceptical public, knowledge society and knowledge economy have become…