What is Digital Power?

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Digital technology is at the heart of economic, military and cultural issues.

As digital “monarchies” continue to rise, the smooth integration of different components of digital power still remains a challenge.

It has entered into the everyday life of all people connected to the Internet worldwide. It provides resources in terms of wealth, power, control of society and privacy.

With the emergence of hyperconcentration of power of some actors, states have started testing strategies to re-balance the distribution of wealth and power.

While we are all familiar with digital technologies, what does the composite nature of these technologies create, what is Digital Power?

This study published by IFRI in partnership with Capgemini, aims to understand how “intangible” power manages to influence events in the real world and to describe its potential, its applications, as well as its restrictions.


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