Dec 13, 2019
Citizen empowerment and inclusion
The work of the Digital Future Society think tank in this area explores how the evolution and proliferation of digital technologies has increasingly important consequences for citizen empowerment.
For instance, if we are to address new and existing forms of digital divides in a meaningful way, we must first be able to quantify them – as well as monitor efforts to close those gaps.
And if we as citizens are to make informed decisions about our lives and futures, we need to be able to count on a trusted information environment – arguably more difficult than ever in the age of digital disinformation.
For digital technologies to become more inclusive enablers of citizen empowerment, a new set of agreed metrics for digital inclusion and updated, systematic approaches to digital literacy are needed.
How to measure digital inclusion
Many policymakers and organisations talk about digital inclusion: a means to empower citizens through access to and use of ICTs such as the internet. But how can such an abstract concept be measured? Where do current metrics and indicators fall short?
Citizen empowerment in the age of disinformation
A tech-driven informational crisis is driving societies to a range of negative consequences, from widespread distrust to the dismantling of democratic principles. What tools, solutions, policies and initiatives are successfully tackling the disinformation while empowering citizens in the digital age?