– One of the most important issues is the impact of digitalisation on democracy and how we treat our fellows. We are connected, but to a certain extent also socially disconnected, says Anna Ståhlbröst, who held a well-attended lecture in the new Kiruna City hall on May 10th.
The digital transformation of society is progressing faster and we are soon affected in every task in our private life, in our work and in our role as citizens. Some impact is positive and developing, but it also has negative aspects, she says. Last year, it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica collected personal information about millions of Facebook users, in many cases without their knowledge, to address political messages. Anna Ståhlbröst says that this can have extensive consequences for democracy, if we are naive.
– It is not difficult to steal someone's identity, because we share it. We cannot and should not slow down technological developments, but we can be more reflective in what we do.
Research for technology development on human conditions
Anna Ståhlbröst's research in Information Systems at Luleå University of Technology deals with the human role in relation to the digital transformation. Much of the technology development is technology driven, but she investigates how people want the technology to be. Anna Ståhlbröst was the first in the world to write a thesis on the concept Living Lab, which deals with how innovative products in information technology can be developed.
– Can we work side by side with the digitalisation and that the technology helps us, we can get very positive effects from it. Then it is important that the users feel included, and that the developers embrace what the users say, she says.