Digital transformation

Digitalization is seen as one of Europe’s greatest societal challenges, as well as a positive opportunity for societal change. Digitalization is transforming many aspects of our everyday lives, including our privacy, access to information, to democracy, to social inclusiveness or exclusion. It also influences our global economy, business landscape, international law and the regulation of competition in digital markets.  The digital transformation involves and impacts our society, and poses questions for the future, for example, of education, the development of skills and competencies, and life-long learning. 

For many of the societal challenges related to the SDGs, digitalization is seen as an enabler of positive change. However, the social impacts and environmental sustainability of the underlying technologies themselves may actually undermine the gains made. 

This theme can benefit from an interdisciplinary approach, where researchers can cross traditional boundaries to address this societal challenge

Related SDGs

GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

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Fostering a sustainable digital transformation

ENGAGE.EU is proud to share a position paper, which is the outcome of one of the international teams formed during the first ENGAGE.EU Think Tank held in September 2022 in the University of Mannheim. The paper proposes a policy response to dealing with the problems of increased inequality and a rise in carbon emissions that can be a negative effect of automation and digitalization projects.

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