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2022 Digital World Predictions

Updated: Jan 13, 2022

In 2022, uncertainty poses our greatest challenge and refocuses our attention on agility, innovation and stability. Economic recovery remains on a distant horizon, while smooth sailing and gaining the competitive edge are high on the agenda of businesses and other organisations.

What will our journey to 2022 look like? What are the challenges and opportunities in2022?

Extract: Digital Governance Fast Forward

This decade has ignited a number of evolving digital services and products. Digital and e-business history is already testament to the need for effective governance alongside innovation. However, it often takes years for governments to respond with legislation, while organisations set their own policies or continue without risk management – often at their own peril. Ethics of course are essential in effective and reputable policy-making, but are not always deployed. Diligent and impacting digital governance is essential for ‘Central Bank Digital Currency’, data and processing, AI, infrastructure and deployment, as well a digital business. While the protection and processing of data is largely regulated around the globe, there is currently no governance for blockchain (a technology providing unique identification of records).

Regulations for cryptocurrency (which is enabled by blockchain) are in their infancy and evolving around the globe. While regulations to fight fraud are a primary area of digital governance, another more human element has come to the forefront. Regulations to protect against online harms, have been evolving for some years, but not swiftly enough. With further pressure on the social networks to manage content responsibly or have legal liability, employees are also taking liability and their own protection more seriously. According to a recent article by BBC News, a TikTok moderator has sued their employer “over psychological trauma due to the requirement to watch and moderate extreme and graphic violence for up to 12-hrs a day.” With the volume of content posted online, Artificial Intelligence has to be the first mechanism for moderation. If we are to avoid psychological harms to humans, we need more intelligent Artificial Intelligence to moderate and block harmful content, before humans moderate a smaller selection further with limited exposure, combined perhaps with more joyful work. ‘Content Moderator + X’ could be a hybrid role of the future.


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