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New report examines the impact of the pandemic on the digital domain


A new report published by the IE Center for the Governance of Change (CGC) examines the impact of the pandemic on the key trends of the digital economy, geopolitics and social cohesion.

“The New Digital Domain” report analyzes how the COVID-19 pandemic, besides triggering the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression, is accelerating technological trends that were well in the making before its outbreak. Researchers Oscar Jonsson (IE University), Taylor Owen (McGill) and Edoardo Campanella (IE University) explain that the pandemic has not only exposed the wide technological divide between those who were ready for hybrid business models and those who were not, but it has also sharply accelerated the pre-existing move towards digitalization. Furthermore, the growing digital gaps between winners and losers has produced skyrocketing inequality and the hollowing-out of the middle class—something that in the short term the pandemic is likely to exacerbate.

The CGC welcomed Manuel Muñiz, Secretary of State for Global Spain, for the presentation of the report, and hosted a conversation with the authors. The full video can be watched below.

“The New Digital Domain” report can be downloaded here.