The digital transformation poses challenges that cannot be handled by engineers alone. The digitalisation of society changes the way we collaborate, raises new questions about rights and challenges social life through digital exclusion, echo chambers and declining trust. These are not just technical problems, they are also social science problems.
Digitalisation is not only about innovation, efficiency and optimization. The digital transformation changes how power is exercised, how decisions are made, and how resources are distributed. In this Science Talk, Professor Helle Sjøvaag addresses these challenges and discusses how the social sciences can contribute when the public and private sectors meet digital transformations.
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Helle Sjøvaag is Professor of Journalism at the University of Stavanger. She is currently leading the research project The Datafication of Communicative Power funded by the Research Council of Norway. Sjøvaag’s research focuses on digital infrastructures, datafication, media markets and regulation of the communication sector.
Senior business developer Lyse R&D & Innovation. Works with national and European policy instruments. Background from journalism.