Digital society: risks and challenges


  • Massimo Ragnedda Northumbria University, UK.
  • Maria Laura Ruiu Northumbria University, UK.


Digital Society, Digital Divide


Innovations in digital technology have advanced more quickly than in any other field in human history. Society and the economy have been revolutionised by the advent of digital technologies, and virtually all industries and everyday life activities are experiencing daily disruption as a result of the digital revolution. The extent and breadth of these changes are uncommon in the history of humankind, and it had only been previously held by the revolution brought in by the advent of the steam engine, the electrical generator, and the printing press. Those revolutions have changed the way we work, think and live, having a tremendous long-term impact at both local and global levels. Likewise, the digital revolution has shown an extraordinary disruptive force able to introduce new methods of working, communicating, and connecting across disciplines, communities, and boundaries. Professional vocations, economic and social institutions, financial and banking reforms, popular culture, as well as communication and consumption, to name a few, are all impacted by this revolution. The line separating the physical and digital worlds continues to be muddled by the rate of development. To match the ever-rising expectations of their customers, business and media companies are modifying their business models. Similarly, public services are reinventing themselves to improve their delivery in the digital society.


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