Technology The science ticket. Digital: an intimate presence in elections, pandemics or attacks

The science ticket. Digital: an intimate presence in elections, pandemics or attacks

Digital school in Lunel (Hérault) which is part of the training courses labeled Grande école du numérique. Illustrative photo. (GUILLAUME BONNEFONT / MAXPPP)

With the first confinement, we have shown our ability to switch, in a weekend, from “face-to-face” to “distance”, thanks to digital technology. Half of humanity is connected today, a speed of diffusion unthinkable 10 years ago.

But for many it has become the only link with the outside world. Henri Verdier, French ambassador for digital, specifies:

There is a humble, everyday, invisible digital, but which has proved to be essential. It is thanks to intra-family and neighborhood solidarity, a permanent access to culture, humor on social networks that we have kept. “

But this crisis has also shown the limits of digital technology in our lives and the need for a physical and material presence in many fields such as medicine.

It is first of all a slap and a humiliation for arrogant digital, those who said: it’s good, everything is over, with big data, blockchain, AI, we are going to change everything. They found they didn’t have the answer to everything.

Henri Verdier, digital ambassador

The opportunities are, among others, access to culture, information, collaborative research, remote medicine, etc. But the risks are legion such as cybercrime, indoctrination, calls to hatred and attacks as a result. And what about the “fake news” or the influence on the elections, dear to Donald Trump?

We have cybercrime on the rise, the ransomware business taking you hostage by shutting down your system, it is tens of billions of dollars a year. We will have to mobilize international forces to counter this.

Henri verdier

This business even reaches space, with the tens of thousands of satellites sent, among others, by Elon Musk of SpaceX or Jeff Bezos of Amazon. The control of one or more people in cyberspace is a real question.

It would be an infrastructure of an essential public good, this is not the right model for Africa, for example. We must remember that the Internet was a common good for the benefit of all, and that it was a tool for emancipation. We have to keep that as an ambition. “

Digital technology is like all new technologies, for better or for worse!

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