Digital Society

Helping policymakers identify and respond to technology’s challenges, enabling society to harness the benefits of the new information economy

Research, commentary, and events

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    Project

    Social media in Africa presents double-edged sword

    05 Nov 2018

    The spread of social media in Africa has brought many economic and political benefits, while also equipping terrorist groups with a tool for recruitment and propaganda. Researchers examined the links between social media use and online radicalisation in six African countries, drawing on primary Twitter data analysis.

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    Project

    Toolbox aims to support cybersecurity capacity building

    02 Aug 2018

    Using the GCSCC’s Cyber Security Capacity Maturity Model, researchers developed a proof-of-concept toolbox that presents guidelines and approaches for government officials and cybersecurity practitioners interested in cybersecurity capacity building.

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    Project

    'Free' trials mislead many EU consumers

    19 Mar 2018

    Labelling that includes a notice of the monthly fee to be charged after the end of a free trial can help to improve consumers' awareness of subscription traps, but many people overlook the information or are overconfident in their ability to remember to cancel.

  • A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., February 6, 2018

    Commentary

    Our Reliance on Space Tech Means We Should Prepare for the Worst

    12 Mar 2018

    Space-enabled connectivity, technology, and services support a diverse array of political, military, and economic activities, many of which modern life on Earth relies upon and which the public often takes for granted. How prepared is global society to deal with the growing reliance on this technology and to mitigate associated risks?

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    Commentary

    Bitcoin and the Dark Web: The New Terrorist Threat?

    22 Jan 2018

    Bitcoin has become the prominent currency of the dark web, which is often used to buy illegal goods, such as weapons and drugs. Anecdotal evidence suggests terrorists are using cryptocurrency and the dark web, but further investigation is needed.

  • A child poses with a Lego Boost set, a predicted top seller this Christmas, at the Hamleys toy store in London, Britain, October 12, 2017

    Commentary

    Smart Toys May Pose Risks

    21 Dec 2017

    Parents shouldn't avoid buying smart toys during the holidays, particularly if these devices top children's Christmas lists. But parents should definitely be wary of the security and privacy risks that smart toys can pose.

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    Connected Society Thought Leadership Programme

    12 Oct 2017

    RAND Europe worked partnership with the Corsham Institute to design and deliver the 2016 and 2017 Thought Leadership Programmes. The consultations explored the opportunities and challenges that digital technologies are creating within society.

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    Project

    Standards could help supporting the growth of DLT/Blockchain

    11 May 2017

    Distributed ledger technologies including Blockchain present many opportunities as well as challenges. RAND Europe highlighted a set of priority areas that may require future standardisation to support the technology's growth.

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    Commentary

    Where Next for the Digital Society?

    14 Oct 2016

    Digital technologies are omnipresent, both in terms of where we are and what we do. A digital society can bring about economic and societal gain, but there are many challenges that need to be addressed beyond the actual technologies.

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    Project

    Accelerating the Internet of Things in the UK

    04 Oct 2016

    Insights from Internet of Things (IoT) implementations and informed users of technology led researchers to support a process for policy feedback that can inform IoT development and adoption in the UK.

  • A man counting pills on his laptop

    Commentary

    Dark Web Likely Isn't Fuelling International Drug Sales

    19 Sep 2016

    Vendors in the Netherlands have developed a fairly successful international trade of ecstasy-type drugs and stimulants from online markets, but it appears that most countries are selling illicit drugs within their own borders.

  • Women gather by a memorial for the victims of the March 11, 2004 train bombings at Atocha station, in Madrid

    Commentary

    Fighting Terrorism and Radicalisation in Europe

    11 Mar 2016

    Since the terrorist attack in Madrid 12 years ago, the threat of terrorism has not diminished. But counter-terrorism efforts have become more sophisticated across Europe, taking aim at the root causes of terrorism before actual attacks take place.

  • Man using a laptop and drinking tea

    Commentary

    How Willing Are People to Allow Access to Their Internet Browsing History If It Helps National Security?

    15 Feb 2016

    A survey of over 26,000 citizens across the EU found that even in the event of a national emergency or limiting access of individuals' Internet usage to law enforcement agencies, there was still a strong aversion to information being stored or accessed.