Get-together / Panel discussion Digital inequalities in Luxembourg

Where things stand

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According to a recent study, Luxembourg is ranked eighth in the Digital Gender Equality Index. Furthermore, since September this year students in lycées across the country have been introduced to working with robotics, internet ethics and artificial intelligence. So, it seems like everything is on the right track, Luxembourgers are being prepared for the digital realities. But is this really the case? What about inequalities? Are they not reinforced, or even created, with digitalisation? 

During this round table, researchers, educators, and citizens will each weigh in on the topic. The discussion will be moderated by Raymond Klein, journalist at woxx, former computer scientist, techno-enthusiast and technoskeptic ever since his first microcomputer” and the age of the Minitel.

The speakers

Valérie Schafer has been a Professor in Contemporary European History at the C²DH (Centre for Contemporary and Digital History) at the University of Luxembourg since February 2018. She previously worked at the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) in France and is still an Associate Researcher at the Center for Internet and Society. She specialises in the history of computing, telecommunications and data networks. Her main research interests are the history of the Internet and the Web, the history of European digital cultures and infrastructures, and born-digital heritage (especially Web archives). She also works on Gender and ICTs and on current issues related to the digital, like sustainability, inclusiveness and the governance of the Internet, the Web and Knowledge infrastructures. She is a co-founder and co-editor of the journal Internet Histories. Digital Technology, Culture and Society (Taylor & Francis). She is the principal investigator of the HIVI project, which is supported by the Luxembourg National Research Fund and dedicated to the history of online virality.

Jana Degrott is an activist and a jurist and counts as one of the youngest elected politicians in the EU. Since 2017, she is a councillor in Steinsel, Luxembourg. She is the co-founder of the podcast series We Belong Europe and a writing contributor and host of the podcast Wat leeft? for the Luxembourgish newspaper Lëtzebuerger Journal. She does research around closing the diversity gap in technology.

Art and drama teacher since 2000, Claire Flammang has also been an active member of the innovation department of SCRIPT (Coordination service of pedagogical and technological research and innovation, Ministry of Education, Childhood and Youth, Luxembourg) since 2016. Claire has always been driven by the urge of connecting creativity, new technologies, innovation and pedagogy. Co-author of the Luxemburgish framework of DigComp for teachers launched in March 2020, she’s currently a national coordinator and organiser of events such as the Art Teachers’ Day, the eduMedia days (for the integration of new technologies in education), the tablUcation days (regarding the use of tablets in education) and is in charge of Digital Sciences as a new school subject.

Patrick de la Hamette is an engineer by profession and Doctor of Science (Dr Sc. ETH) in the field of electrical engineering and information technology. After working for 7 years as a researcher in Switzerland, he joined the IT Department of the Luxembourg social security in 2009. He co-founded the non-profit Digital Inclusion in 2016 together with Isabelle Mousset, and has actively worked as a volunteer alongside the team ever since.