Nearly 20,000 people attended the Grenoble Geopolitics Festival in 2019. The next edition will take place March 25-28, 2020 with the theme “Digital R-evolution?”. As every year, the organizers propose to those* working on this subject, to submit their proposals for contributions for the next festival before July 14, 2019.
Forty years after information and communication technologies (ICTs) emerged, the world is only now beginning to understand the true significance and impact of changes caused at all levels of society.
The global digital revolution has become the new «territory» to conquer. The world of tomorrow is likely to be dominated by the issues of power and influence around the control and management of global digital networks. By its virtual and global na-ture, digital networks are free from geographical constraints and change traditional international rivalries by giving companies and civil societies the power to influence the future. A power that governments cannot ignore and may decide to control.
At the economic level
the emergence of ICTs has led to a transformation in all areas of business with an acceleration of trade and a «virtual» rapprochement between producers and consumers. The impact of ICT’s on business practices and working conditions has also been rapid and has pushed governments to define a regulatory framework as a matter of urgency.
At the individual level
information technologies seem to generate clusters of contradictions: social networks create individualism and exclusion; the sphere of in¬formation sometimes strengthens democracy but can also spread misinformation.
Digital technologies, and their exaggerated power of transformation and impro-vement, open even greater opportunities for the future: The Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, robotics, etc. – raising many technical, ethical and political considerations.
Freed or controlled, subjected or chosen, omnipresent or confined to certain areas of human support or substituting for it, information technologies are a major stake for all areas of society, states, companies, and citizens.
In the present as in the future, the Festival of Geopolitics will try to identify the major trends and elements around this digital universe that surrounds us.