Richard Purcell: What a Difference a Year Makes

July 10th, 2014

What a Difference a Year Makes

We continue to see rapid, nearly breath-taking, advances in technology development and deployment. Since our first gathering in November 2013, we’ve seen wearable tech, temporary social media, embedded sensors, cloud services, mobile computing and personalized entertainment continue to expand into our lives. The only constant is change; disruption is the norm. Fasten your seat belts, kids, because the ride is only going to get bumpier.

Last year, the first Digital Economy Congress delegates – we called them instigators – explored how our lives, our relationships, and our consumption habits are all changing because we have access to these advanced technologies. This year, we’re calling our delegates explorers as we journey together through the trends to identify the economic disruptors that are changing our daily reality.

The disruptive technology we’ll evaluate includes wearable tech that monitors, analyzes, and reports our health, activity, and even emotional states. It will include tech that empowers individuals to control their environments using smart home sensor networks for lighting, heating and entertainment. We’ll examine how personalized services are changing our lives and the way we get products and services, from shopping to getting across town.

The Digital Economy Congress brings together the conversations that we hear all around us, in separate ways. With all the new gadgets, services and products, what difference does it make in the greater scheme of our well-being, economically and socially? With all the ways we have to better control our lives, are we better off? Are they sufficiently safe, secure and private? Are they creating more economic good than harm? Will we have a better life now – will our children?

Make plans to join us in Vancouver BC on the 9th and 10th of October. You can help us explore the new territories that are opening in front of us. Together, we can map out how these disruptions in our economy can actually create richer, better lives.


The 2nd Annual Digital Economy Congress is taking place in Vancouver on October 9th and 10th. Find out how you can get involved here.

Richard Purcell - CEO, Corporate Privacy Group

Richard Purcell has been a leading voice in addressing consumer privacy and data protection challenges since the late ‘90’s. He leads Corporate Privacy Group (CPG), an independent consulting firm focusing on establishing sustainable and effective information security and privacy programs. CPG supports multi-national corporations, Internet start-ups and government agencies in planning, developing, and implementing enterprise-wide […]

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