Future Implications of Digital Media for Society

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Technological innovations increasingly affect how we engage with media, entertainment and information. They also affect how we connect and interact with one another and as a collective, where newer generations are leading the evolution. The broader cultural consequences are just beginning to be felt. The Future Implications of Digital Media for Society project, now in its 3rd phase, seeks to address some of the challenges in society caused by increased use of new media platforms, services, and content. One such challenge is the need for improved digital media literacy or "digital intelligence (DQ)" across various demographics, and more critically in youth - Hence the DQ Institute, in association with the World Economic Forum, was born. Higher DQ has been proven to result in more active and self-aware digital engagement on platforms and to increase trust that these end users have in their service providers and brands. Additionally, improved DQ can contribute to increased information and content veracity, a reduction of harmful cyber behaviour such as trolling, bullying and the spread of extremist views, and improved personal data management and privacy. These are all key enablers to a more sustainable flow of information and content. As such, society and industry stand to benefit from the inclusion of DQ specialized curricula in education and training programmes; this is the focus of the DQ Institute. Conclusions and deliverables from pervious phases of the project can be accessed under the "Related Reports" section.

This project is part of the World Economic Forum’s Shaping the Future of Information and Entertainment system initiative.


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