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Digital society

The difference between online and offline is fading. As a result, we increasingly live in a digital society – without knowing precisely what that means. Digital technologies are changing the way teachers teach, how doctors and patients talk to each other, what politicians debate, and how people share news. Behind the scenes, algorithms and artificial intelligence work in ways we often don’t even recognise. Our society is being utterly transformed.

The Dutch government has expressed its support for a digital future in which everyone can participate. What does this mean for the existing rules? What does it mean for international agreements and for cooperation between local authorities and how they coordinate with national government? What responsibilities will industry bear? How do we become technologically adept citizens? And who will help us if we fail?

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