What are relevant concepts and theoretical approaches?

Current observations link the process of digitalisation to major transformations in society and economy. It has become common wisdom that digital technologies can be disruptive and that, as a result, modern societies are undergoing a period of permanent structural change. From an academic point of view, this raises the question of the consequences of the digital upheaval for the contemporary theory development: Does the digital transformation also call into question our conceptual apparatus for investigating society, the economy, the state? Are there relevant new phenomena that cannot be adequately understood on the basis of existing theoretical assumptions? Are there new theoretical approaches emerging that aim to identify constitutional elements of the changes we observe?

While it may be too early to answer these questions, we are called upon to at least look at them. The programme will focus on Critical Moments and Structural Shifts as general reference points. Empirically, we will focus on the following transformative issues:

  1. Changes in power structures and norms
  2. New forms of governance (e.g. nudging)
  3. The transnationalisation of societies and its implications for the role of states and national law
  4. The transformation of privacy and informational self-determination
  5. Datafication and economic value creation
  6. Rise and impact of algorithmic decision-making
  7. Structural changes in administration

One thought on “I. The evolving digital society

  1. greg boyko

    for individuals and groups.

    1. Generally a wise decision is based on a deep and honest, moment to moment caring of the self, all others, the earth and what is beyond the earth. Generally the more caring involved the better the decision and the more disregard involved the greater the harm.
    2. Generally we must honor the caring path of others even if it is a path we neither understand nor share. What is a deep and honest moment to moment act of caring on my part may not at all be one on yours.
    3. We do though have the right and indeed the responsibility to encourage ourselves and each other to take more and even better wise courses of action. Generally it works best to focus on praise and encouragement , building upon that which we are already doing well rather than criticizing ourselves and others for what is not. Praise and encouragement. takes precedent over criticism.
    4. We do though have the right and indeed the responsibility to adjust our words , thoughts and ideas (about our self and the universe around us )to those that most help us to care in the moment. If a slight adjustment will help us to better care , than make it. If a major adjustment is necessary, than make it.


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