What is the Digital Emergency?

In ever more urban and digitised societies, the risk of digital exclusion is more urgent than ever. This has been made evident during the pandemic, as quarantine measures shed a stark light on current structural inequalities. Those who were digitally excluded suffered the most – showing us that we have played a part in the rushed and uneven digital transformation of the past decades, causing the digital emergency we experience today.

In Barcelona, there is a political will to be the capital of technological humanism, putting technology at the service of its people. However, there is a long road ahead.

The digital emergency requires action to ensure fair, inclusive and equitable digital transformation, with coordinated strategies that help to build the resilience we need in this new, post-Covid era before it is too late. At the European level, this process is associated with the desire to ensure that this decade, from now to 2030, is Europe’s Digital Decade. Similarly, the NextGenerationEU European funds that address the economic and health crises related to Covid-19 are based on sustainable growth focused on the green and digital economy.

Six areas of the Digital Emergency

Digital emergency reminds us of the importance of tackling already existing and new forms of digital divides and exclusion, highly visible in large metropolitan regions, both in developed and developing countries. These forms refer to six areas: traditional digital divides related to access and connection, the digitalisation of the public and private sectors, cybersecurity and data protection, disinformation and fake news, new forms of employment, and climate justice. ​

To achieve a fair, sustainable and equitable future for the new digital society, we need to address these six areas from multiple angles and levels. How that is going to be achieved and which policies, funding, and collaboration will be required remains to be defined. 

Digital Emergency at MWC Barcelona 2022

28th of february – 16h

Ministerial Programme: Digital Emergency in a world of accelerated digitalisation

The GSMA’s prestigious Ministerial Programme brings together the most influential telecommunications leaders from across the world. This unique forum expands knowledge, stimulates debate around current issues and provides an opportunity to engage with mobile industry experts on policy and regulatory topics. On this occasion, Digital Future Society will organize a high-level meeting around the Digital Emergency in a world of accelerated digitalisation. The Digital emergency in a world of accelerated digitalisation session will look at the asymmetries derived from this acceleration and on how to tackle new forms of digital divides and exclusion, highly visible in large metropolitan regions.
An exclusive by invitation only dialogue session with approximate 12 participants.

1st of march – 12h

Deconstructing Disinformation

Digital Future Society organizes a debate to reflect on the evolution of the popularization of false information in the digital age, with the European Commission and the main organizations that work to detect and stop disinformation: Newtral, Efe Verifica and Verificat. During the session, the two pilot projects of the Tech Against Disinformation call will be announced.

2nd of march – 15h


Humanism in the digital age: Digital rights in virtual environments, organized by Digital Future Society with the support of the Spanish Secretary of State for Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence, that will take place on wednesday March 2nd 2022 from 15:00h to 17:00h (CET) at the MWC, Hall 7, Partner Theater 2, in the city of Barcelona.
This event aims to identify and review the challenges our societies face from a technological humanistic perspective through a set of different debates on trending topics on the impact of technology for a more inclusive, equitable and sustainable society.

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