Archived report. The digital economy is having an enormous impact on the political and economic landscape and indeed the overall global society. The explosion in the use of smart technologies means that we can increase our productivity and, in general, that work can be carried out by fewer people, especially in the well-developed economies. At the same time people in other parts of the world can now also participate in the more developed economies through the use of technology - and they can do so from a significantly lower cost base.
The digital economy is creating a completely new dynamic around the world and as we have seen with other highly disruptive developments in the past - such changes have shaped the future of the human race. And this will continue to be the way human endeavour operates, so in one way or another it will be new smart tools and education that will advance our society.
All round the world we are seeing massive social changes in the way people interact with their leaders and with their political elite. In many cases governments and politicians seem to be behaving as though they are immune to the changes that are following on from these new grassroots-based democratic processes.
This report explores the fallout from digital economy and the impact it is having in terms of the political environment, the overall economy and society. It provides insights into telecommunications in regards to political spying; the effect of smart technologies on employment and poverty and how the digital economy has resulted in the overall dynamics changing for government and citizens around the world.
The recent spy scandals are placing a further strain on the people-politician relationship. People might not react strongly to the issue but the spying situation will most certainly make them more wary of their governments. They will be more guarded towards them, and less trusting. This is, of course, further undermining the status of politics and politicians.
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Last updated 23 Feb 2015
Analyst: Paul Budde
Paul has been a relentless advocate and tireless activist for making the world a more connected place.
His passion for broadband and his firm belief in its transformational impact on societies across the globe is unrivalled.
I am honoured to call Paul a friend and I trust he will keep up the fight for better broadband and better access to broadband for all people, wherever they live and whatever their background, into the future.
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