iSchool Student Presents Paper at International Conference in Arizona

Hanim Astuti, a current iSchool Ph.D. student, recently presented at the Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies and Science (GETS) hosted by Arizona State University (ASU).

GETS is an annual conference which addresses the issues that surround the emergence of new technologies and scientific advances. Its focus is on finding governance solutions for rapidly changing technology, making it a go-to event for both information researchers and policymakers.

“I was thrilled as it was my first experience participating in a conference here in the United States,” said Astuti. “Others also presented interesting topics in the governance of emerging technologies, so I was happy to learn from them!”

Astuti’s presentation was based on a paper she co-authored with fellow Ph.D. student Anisah Herdiyanti. The paper, titled “Governing Digital Identity from an Ethical Perspective: The Case of Indonesia,” focuses on the ethical issues surrounding digital identity in developing countries.

“Developing countries still experience inequalities in many aspects,” said Astuti. “Digital identity is expected to increase inclusion, however, challenges such as digital divides, poor economic conditions, and low data quality can lead to the exclusion of some marginalized groups.” To remedy this, Astuti and Herdiyanti recommend that governments address digital divides to provide equal access and digital literacy to all citizens, as well as improve data quality through good data governance.

One of the most important aspects of the conference for Astuti was having the opportunity to receive feedback from her peers. “The audiences were those who have a good understanding of governance, laws, and legal framework. Some of them had worked as technology consultants in developing countries. They shared their experiences and gave me some insightful feedback during the Q&A and after the session finished.”

By the end of the conference, Astuti had connected with many experts in her field, and hopes to continue to develop those connections as she pursues her Ph.D.

To learn more about the GETS Conference, click here.