Global Inquiry into Citizens in the Digital Age

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THE PROBLEM

 

Digital technologies are transforming the way we live, work, and play. Businesses are responding by innovating new products and services, and governments are responding by investing in the digital economy and developing new laws and regulation.

How are citizens responding? How should citizens respond? What does it mean to be a citizen in the digital age? What actions can citizens take? These are some of the questions The Fourth Group’s inquiry into citizens in the digital age will provide insights on.

Throughout history, citizens have organised and mobilised to tackle societal problems, securing fair wages, banning children working in factories, winning the ability to vote. We have the power to change things. Today, citizens have campaigned on new issues such as social media echo chambers, fake news, privacy, and data misuse.

The recent response to the Cambridge Analytica exposé demonstrates that we are the cusp of a public awakening to the new dangers brought about by exponential advancements in digital technology.

The Fourth Group ran a petition calling for Mark Zuckerberg to testify in front of US and UK authorities and to investigate violations by other third parties, a campaign backed by 174,295 people. We now want to uncover other issues citizens care about, and provide guidelines on ways in which they can take action for impact and real change.

 
 
 

THE SOLUTION

 

Throughout 2018, The Fourth Group (in partnership with University of Queensland, One Young World, Quartz, Global Social Entrepreneurship Network, Democracy.Earth, Entrepreneur First, Kumu.ph, and the Pan African Human Rights Defenders Network) is running an inquiry to learn what problems citizens want to sort out and what actions they want to take in regards to the impact of digital technologies.

To achieve this, we are hosting conversations in every region of the world, and giving everyone the opportunity to engage through our online survey. After listening, we will develop an agenda of issues and solutions which will be launched at Politics Summit 2018 in London.

This agenda will form the basis of The Fourth Group’s actions in 2019 and beyond.

 
 
 

CAUSES

 
  • Technology

  • Social Welfare

  • Rights

  • Communities

  • Humanitarian Aid

 
 
 

STATUS

 

The application deadline has passed.

The team is now coming together to make the project happen.

 
 
 

WHO IS INVOLVED?

 

The Fourth Group and partners, including University of Queensland, One Young World, Quartz, Global Social Entrepreneurship Network, Democracy.Earth, Entrepreneur First, Kumu.ph, and the Pan African Human Rights Defenders Network.

What we offer:

  • Leadership development

  • Entrepreneurial culture

  • Access to global community and high-level network

  • Mentoring opportunities

  • Impact and mission-led organisation

 
 
 

HOW CAN I HELP?

 

The application deadline has passed.