Plenary Panelist

Wong Yu-Cheung

Associate Professor, Department of Social Work

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor Wong is the Head of Graduate Division at the Department of Social Work, CUHK. He teaches information technology in human services, programme planning and evaluation, advanced research methods and social welfare.  His major research areas include digital inclusion, internet parenting, and social security and retirement protection in Hong Kong and China.  

Plenary II
@ June 28, 11:00 - 12:30

The Ethics and Politics of Technology for Human Service Workers

The global definition of social work states that social workers and their agencies “promote social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people.” And that “principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work.” How then does human service technology, and the rapidly accelerating diffusion of technology in everyday life impact upon that mission? How can we harness technology for social good and minimise the impact of the negative social outcomes that technology can visit upon us, our organisations and the people who use our services? This talk will reflect on the questions above, identify some hotly debated ethical issues and discuss the value of slow ethical reflection on emerging socio-technical issues.

The impact of technology on human services is a timely and important topic. The presentation addresses ethics and politics of technology and draw our attention to its implication to human services. 

Moderator: Prof. Petrus Yat-Nam NG
Professor and Head, Department of Social Work, Hong Kong Baptist University