Australian British Chamber of Commerce CEO judges digitisation debate

2 March 2022

Read original article published in Australian British Chamber of Commerce 'the Chamber' Issue 06 Autumn 2022

The University of Queensland (UQ) celebrated the commencement of a new corporate partnership with the Australian British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) by inviting pre-eminent CEO Mr David McCredie OBE to adjudicate a now celebrated virtual Great Debate where leading experts argued if ‘digitisation is reshaping humanity for the better’.

The Digital Society showcase held on 23 February was part of the annual UK-Australia Season Festival that explores and celebrates the relationship between Australia and the UK across the arts, creative industries, and higher education.

With the support of the Australian and British High Commissioners, the importance of partnerships and solidarity in the face of global challenges resulted in an event setting new standards to fuse science, futurism and culture. From health and medicine, the arts and technology and AI, research collaborators and industry partners shared their views and challenged common misconceptions asking: “Who are we now?” and “Who might we become?”

With the support of the ABCC and the leadership of David, the debate was a resounding success with audiences voting for the team who debated in the negative on the question, 'if digitisation is reshaping humanity for the better'.    

Professor Heather Zwicker, Executive Dean from the UQ Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences acted as Research Ambassador for the Digital Society event stating:

with technology driving so much of everyday life, the digital society impacts all of us regardless of how we feel about it. So coming together to discuss it is important. We are fortunate to have the support and expertise of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce as we expand UQ’s prominent networks in Australia and the United Kingdom.”

Read the Digital Society event's full program