University of Gothenburg

Digitalisation of society

The digitalisation of society permeates an increasing part of our social, organizational and economic activities and the consequences are difficult to foresee. How do we create a sustainable digital society?

The digitalisation of society is one of the most critical issues of our time. Digital gadgets and online life permeate a large part of our daily life. The scope, breadth and speed of the transforming power of digitalisation are difficult to understand and the consequences for our society, business and everyday life are difficult to grasp. The transformation is in many ways even more powerful than previous technological revolutions in history. Digitalisation means great opportunities, but also great challenges.

The technological development, together with the emerging internet culture that promotes participation and engagement, has made it easier for citizens to participate in problem solving and innovation to meet societal challenges. At the same time, relatively few actors provide the infrastructure and digital platforms we use, which leads to problems related to openness, independence and governance.

The large amounts of data generated from digital devices create endless possibilities for innovative services and products. At the same time, the amount of data enables the behavior and interests of he citizen's and customer's to be tracked, which rises difficult questions about integrity and security.

The need to examine the transforming power of digitalisation has become urgent, not least in terms of the relationship to strategy and governance and to be able to act on opportunities and manage threats.