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Public Policy Impact of Digital Transformation of Education


February 29, 2016

In recent years there’s been a lot of talk about “digital transformation.” From the media to the “sharing economy” like Uber and AirBNB. From using “smart devices” to reduce environmental footprints to disruption of the financial industry. But what about governments?

It’s clear governments have been late adopters in some digital technologies. That’s not to say that “digital disruption” will not affect government. Governments are in the midst of change as citizens are empowered by new technologies. And, these technologies are changing global economics.

One of the key public policy challenges is education. This is the era of MOOCs (Massive Open On-Line Course)  for online learning. Of youth unemployment and gender inequality. Yet, it’s also a time of “talent wars” for certain skills. How can governments scale quality education? Is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education the answer? What can governments in countries with lower human capacity do?

As futurist Alan Toffler said, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

These topics, together with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, will be discussed at the FreeBalance Ministers’ Roundtable on March 7-9. Ministers from FreeBalance government customers will discuss public policy impacts of digital transformation, intimately, with leading experts.

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Doug Hadden

Doug Hadden

Executive Vice President, Innovation at FreeBalance
Doug is responsible for identifying new global markets, new technologies and trends, and new and enhanced internal processes. Doug leads a cross-functional international team that is responsible for developing product prototypes and innovative go-to-market strategies.

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