Tech and Covid-19
Global and regional perspectives on digital trends during the crisis
This series explores how the pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation of all aspects of our lives, and what the impacts are on innovation, inclusion, rights and democracy across the globe.
The series is a co-production of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung offices in Brussels, Washington DC and Hong Kong, with the support of other global offices. The content is published on the websites of Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung offices around the world.
The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors alone. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung e.V. or any of its global offices.
Digital life under Covid-19 and beyond
Take a deep dive into the "new digital normal" with tech strategist Belinda Esterhammer. In these video interviews on health, travel, education and social impact, she explores the stories of Asian innovators who address the pandemic with their technology solutions, and talks to experts who are studying the effects of digital transformation.
Video Series "Why do we need to make digital learning as inclusive as possible?" Sun Sun Lim, Professor of Communication & Technology at the Singapore University for Technology and Design has been researching the social impact of technology in families and their implications on relationships, as well as digital literacy for the past 17 years. Lim’s research shows that with the arrival of Covid-19 in families' lives, children were able to continue learning online. However, not all children an families were equally prepared to use the provided platforms.
Video Series “What to do when there is no doctor around and a government-imposed curfew?” As a part of the video series “Digital Life under Covid-19 and beyond”, Keith De Alwis, co-founder and COO of oDoc, Sri Lanka’s largest telemedicine and virtual care provider, talks about how Covid-19 has changed the healthcare industry, HealthTech challenges in South Asia, and data protection.
Video Series "How did the speed and scope of international travel accelerate this global pandemic?" In this interview with SITATA Co-Founders Dr. Ronald St. John and Adam St. John, you will learn more about why an informed traveller is a safe traveller, how to detect diseases and important events, how to make sure they are not spreading “fake news”, why it is important to combine AI with human fact-checking, and predictions for the TravelTech industry.
Video Series We take a closer look at some examples of EdTech entrepreneurs and startups in Hong Kong and Asia-Pacific which have accelerated their business because of Covid-19, as well as academics who have been studying the digitization of education and its impacts.