Socio-cultural challenges of the digital age

Anas­ta­sia A. Lisenko­va
Perm State Insti­tute of Cul­ture

Socio-cul­tur­al chal­lenges of the dig­i­tal age

Abstract. The arti­cle deals with the impact of dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy on all spheres of mod­ern life. Trans­paren­cy and preser­va­tion of all dig­i­tal traces cre­ate new con­di­tions for the life of soci­ety and set new for­mats of social rela­tions. In con­nec­tion with these process­es and the need to devel­op the dig­i­tal econ­o­my, in order to increase glob­al com­pet­i­tive­ness in Rus­sia in the last few years, a num­ber of pol­i­cy doc­u­ments, aimed at the devel­op­ment of the dig­i­tal envi­ron­ment and the involve­ment of the expert com­mu­ni­ty of cen­tral uni­ver­si­ties and research insti­tutes in this process, have been approved. At the same time, it is nec­es­sary to note the risks of such an approach that excludes expert assess­ment, reflec­tion, and pre­dic­tion of the effects that new tech­nolo­gies might pro­duce. This arti­cle focus­es on the need for a broad­er assess­ment and dis­cus­sion by the human­i­tar­i­an sci­en­tif­ic com­mu­ni­ty of socio-cul­tur­al chal­lenges faced by soci­ety on the thresh­old of the wide­spread intro­duc­tion of dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy (arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence, the Inter­net of things, vir­tu­al, mixed and aug­ment­ed real­i­ty tech­nolo­gies, the col­lec­tion and analy­sis of big data, dig­i­tal traces and per­son­al iden­ti­fi­ca­tion).

Key­words: dig­i­tal­iza­tion, social com­mu­ni­ca­tions, vir­tu­al­iza­tion, human­i­tar­i­an exper­tise, Inter­net, big data

DOI: 10.5840/dspl20192117


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