Technology and society have always evolved together in a symbiotic relationship. As
technology advances, it transforms society, which in turn shapes the development
of future technologies. The interplay between technology and society has defined human progress throughout history.
Today, we have entered an era of rapid technological change that is radically impacting every facet of society. Emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain, and quantum computing are creating new opportunities while also raising complex ethical questions. The digital revolution has connected the world but also disrupted traditional institutions and ways of life.
The theme "Tech x Society: Then, Now, and Beyond" captures the dynamic journey we are on. By reflecting on the past, examining the present, and imagining the future, we can thoughtfully steer technology's influence on society. Civil society organizations have a crucial role to play in advocating human-centric policies and progress that harness technology for social good.
This CSO Week offers an opportunity to bring together diverse voices to have thoughtful debates, share ideas and inspire each other. It is a starting point for envisioning the society we want to build and how technology can be directed to empower it.