How can we all help shape better policies for better lives? In just 15 minutes, we bring you insightful interviews with OECD and guest experts on such pressing challenges as inequality and inclusive growth, the digital transformation, social change, the environment, international co-operation, and more.
NOTE: All podcasts express the opinions of the interview subjects and do not necessarily represent the official views of OECD member countries.
Covid-19: Vaccines, public confidence and international co-operation
The Covid-19 vaccine is finally here. Finding the vaccine was the first step, but the Covid-19 pandemic poses many challenges about international cooperation and distributing a vaccine, public confidence, digitalisation in health care and many more. How can we produce enough vaccines to make an impact? How can we ensure that the vaccine is accessible for everyone? And once accessible, does the general public have enough trust in the vaccine to take it?
Host: Robin Allison Davis
Mark Pearson, OECD Deputy Director of Employment, Labor and Social Affairs
Seth Berkeley, CEO, GAVI
Joanne Liu, International Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response
Melissa Fleming, UN Under-Secretary General for Global Communications
To learn more on the OECD's work on the Covid-19 pandemic, go to: www.oecd.org/coronavirus
What data and digitalisation could mean for your democratic future with Shoshana Zuboff
Shoshana Zuboff is the author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: A Fight for a Human Future and the New Frontier of Power. Her book's release is very timely considering the impact of COVID-19. Collection and use of private data have expanded, bringing privacy concerns even further to the fore. What does the digital acceleration in this pandemic mean for our future? Shoshana Zuboff spoke with Anthony Gooch, Director of the OECD's Public Affairs and Communications directorate, for a podcast hosted during OECD's 2020 Forum Virtual Events to mark the OECD's 60th anniversary.
Host: Anthony Gooch
Interviewee: Shoshana Zuboff, author of "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: A Fight for a Human Future and the New Frontier of Power"
Producers: Robin Allison Davis, Samia Basille
All about AI: Should we be concerned about artificial intelligence?
Machine learning, or artificial intelligence, can be traced back to the 1950s, but really leapt forward in the last decade or so thanks to more powerful computing. AI is at the wheel when it comes to driverless cars, and is used by farmers to monitor crops, and by the police to solve crime. It has promise in health care too, including to better detect COVID-19. Could AI go too far, as machines teach machines, and even learning human emotions and tastes, yet with very little control by human beings. Policymakers are now taking AI seriously, to safeguard public interests, and to develop AI sensibly, as well as intelligently.
The OECD AI Observatory is working to help make sure that AI does not evolve alone and keeps the human touch.
Hosts: Robin Allison Davis, Shayne Maclachlan, Clara Young
Producer: Rory Clarke, Robin Allison Davis
Audrey Plonk, Head of OECD Digital Economy Policy Division,
Kathleen Walch, Cognilytica Principal Analyst,
Jack Clark, Open AI Head of Policy
To find out more, go to www.oecd.ai
L’éducation à l’épreuve du COVID-19 : où en sommes-nous ? Avec Éric Charbonnier, OCDE
Après le tournant du confinement et une rentrée pleine d’incertitudes, où en sommes-nous ? Qu’a révélé cette crise du COVID du système éducatif en France et ailleurs ? Comment poursuivre la lutte contre les inégalités dans le sillage des fermetures d’école ? N’avons-nous pas tendance à attendre tout des enseignants alors que les alliances éducatives avec les parents et les acteurs de terrain sont essentielles ? Quid du salaire des professeurs des écoles et du statut des directeurs ? Du numérique aux compétences du 21e siècle en passant par l’enseignement professionnel, Eric Charbonnier, expert en éducation à l’OCDE, jette sur notre système éducatif un regard constructif, dans une perspective ouverte sur le monde. Un tour d’horizon lumineux.
Host: Anne-Lise Prigent
Productrice: Robin Allison Davis
Back to school in the Covid-19 era with OECD's Andreas Schleicher
Back to school? Or not back to school? That is the question….
In the first half of 2020, 188 countries temporarily closed their schools to slow down the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Suddenly, more than 1.5 billion young people were on their own or following classes online. Many school re-openings since then have continued to be disrupted by the virus: some have had to switch back to remote learning just days after resuming classes as infection rates ramped up. What are the trade-offs between getting kids back to school and keeping communities healthy? How can schools adapt to the coronavirus? And will this virus radically and permanently change the way we learn and teach? Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills at the OECD, weighs in.
To learn more, go to: www.oecd.org/education
For more information on Covid-19, go to: www.oecd.org/coronavirus
Host: Clara Young
Producer: Robin Allison Davis
Earth’s sustainability depends on cities: a talk with the mayor of Bonn
Are cities our best hope for the planet? Ashok Sridharan, mayor of Bonn, Germany, thinks so. Part of the OECD’s Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth Initiative, Bonn is pursuing sustainable development in things like energy, transport and housing, while addressing the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. With half of the world’s population living in urban areas, which produce half of global waste, 80% of greenhouse gas emissions and over 70% of energy-related carbon emissions, what happens in cities is likely to determine our future.
For more information on the Champion Mayors program, go to: http://www.oecd-inclusive.com/champion-mayors/
Host: Clara Young
Producer: Robin Allison Davis