Episode #9
What is digitalization?
Kids in school using VR technology, 2019 . Photo by stem.T4L on Unsplash
Digitalization is not a new concept, but with the social distance measures caused by coronavirus crisis we testified an invasion of the digital in our lives. Suddenly, even those who were resisting asking food through apps or work in digital environments had no other choice than embrace digital.

But digital does not built a new world, but layers existing societies, with their rules and inequalities. Besides, digitalization can also be associated with automation of decision making, which is in turn based in past and sometimes not so fair decisions.

What can we expect in terms of changes in activities, socialization and inclusion in the next years? What does it mean, in 2022, to turn something into digital?
Prof. Dr. Benedikt Berger
Professor for Digital Transformation and Society - Institut für Wirtschaftsinformatik of the University of Münster
Professor Berger holds the chair of Digital Transformation and Society department at Information Systems Institut from the University of Münster, an Institut associated with the European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS). His research interest addresses two topics: digital products, services, and digital transformation in the media industry; and the use, development, and management of information technology systems based on artificial intelligence (AI) and its consequences for companies and users in private and professional contexts.

Benedikt Berger has a P.Hd. degree in Information Systems and New Media at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and a master's degree in Management at the Universität Mannheim.

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M.A Fabio Senne

Coordinator at NIC.BR and P.hD. Candidate at DCP-USP

Mr. Senne is research coordinator at the Núcleo de Informação e Coordenação do Ponto BR – NIC.br , a Centre in charge of implementing the projects of the Management Committee for the Internet in Brazil (CGI). The surveys conducted by the Centre have supported the definition of Brazilian government strategies for digital inclusion, universal access to broadband, e-government, and knowledge society development.

Mr. Senne is also a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of São Paulo (USP), has a master's degree in Communication from the University of Brasília (UnB). He is a researcher in communication and focusing on digital inequalities.

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