Whitepaper

Why Digital Governance Matters: A Critical Role in our Digital Future

By Professor Malcom Thatcher

We live in extraordinary times. Never in the history of humankind, have we experienced such rapid change. Since the beginning of the industrial age, which yielded tremendous productivity and economic growth through mechanisation and a revolution in manufacturing, there has been massive improvement in computational power that is catapulting us into the 4th industrial revolution. This is currently dominated by a wave of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. The future will see a convergence of AI, robotics and sensor technology that even science fiction writers would struggle to envision. Add quantum computing, genetic engineering and nanotechnology, and the lines between traditional mechanical systems and biological systems begin to blur.

The result of these technological advancements will see societal systems challenged on a global scale. The realisation of the fourth industrial revolution will affect how we think about incentives, ethics, rules and societal norms. This change has already started, as evidenced by how humans communicate, learn and interact in this increasingly virtual world.

What are the implications then for digital government?

Professor Malcom Thatcher explores this and more in his paper, ‘Why Digital Governance Matters: A Critical Role in our Digital Future

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