Digital technologies – and the networks that they power – provide us with opportunities that we did not have even a few years ago. This collection of essays explore how we can best take advantage of the growing culture of online participation and new digital tools. You’ll find a selection of essays which cover areas including education, entrepreneurship, healthcare, climate change, democracy. In each case the author conveys a sense of urgency about the need to re-imagine, re-invest, and re-invigorate our economy and society.
There was a time when digital technologies were about a new space, detached from the physical. The digerati took William Gibson’s word ‘cyberspace’ and made it their own. This was a place where the pioneers would be safe from governments or corporations or anybody impinging upon their freedom. It didn’t quite turn out like that. Actually, there’s no such thing as cyberspace. Cyberspace is dead. But I don’t think we should mourn it because what we should be working on is much more exciting. What we’ve realised is that the power of the internet is in changing the real world.