Sweden: Digitisation impacts…

Sweden: Digitisation impacts social contract


The ongoing digitisation of government is changing society, says Sweden’s Digitaliserings Kommissionen, a government advisory committee, in a study published in October. Digitisation and the use of new technologies are causing “momentous changes” and “transforming society”, the committee writes.

From the introduction to the report, titled ‘Det sociala kontraktet i en digital tid’ (The social contract in a digital time):

“We are heading towards a digital society. Digitisation means a revolutionary transformation of society's most important elements - growth and sustainability, welfare and equality, security and democracy. Digitisation means that digital communication and interaction between people, activities and things become obvious. It is changing how we do things, how we perceive things, how we take on tasks and how we find solutions. The use of new technology changes the terms and conditions of business and the public sector for employment and training, and for trust and social cohesion in society.”

A graph from the report - showing the changes of employment over time

The report aggregates the work of seven social scientists, and contains three scenarios developed by researchers from the Research Institutes of Sweden - a network of ICT research and technology organisations.

The Digitaliserings Kommissionen was created in 2012, to study the objectives and consequences of Swedish IT policy.

Its new report will be one of the topics for discussion at the Digigov conference, which will take place on 29 and 30 November in Stockholm.

More information:

Det sociala kontraktet i en digital tid (PDF, in Sweden)
Announcement by the Digitaliserings Kommissionen (in Swedish)

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