Have we adequately measured the importance of the emerging citizen opinion as it may have impacted economic power and politics?
How to explain to government officials responsible for public services that it’s not the citizens at their service, but they who are at the service of citizens?
Can we compare the virtual life of a web surfer with the social life of a citizen? Can the virtual become a substitute for the real (non-virtual) social?
Will non-connected persons (40% of basic and functional illiterates) be excluded from tomorrow’s society? Will the future knowledge-based society usher in an important citizen digital divide?
Does learning how to use new digital platforms that enable users to speak out impose requirements for basic levels of literacy? Which?
How to explain to citizens how information is organized, how the best sources of information should be determined, and how these sources can be used critically?
Does the emergence of these new, more visual and more intuitive interfaces facilitate the emergence of a popular desire for democratization? If so, under what conditions?
What to think of a situation where billions of users browse through billions of web pages? We know that this segmenting force will create millions of niches. Do these niches make Big data more important?
Now that thousands of smart machines disclose large amounts of information about our activities, how will we protect our privacy? How to defend personal identity when thousands of self-fragments float about on the Internet? What will the developers do with this data?
How can we develop participatory democracy from social networks that are currently fueled by personal information?
How can the younger generations who grew up under the influence of television reinvent solidarity when the social conditioning of TV viewing bombrds them endlessly, since birth, creating an individual-focused premium on everything?
Can we build plans for the future of our society without involving the young generations who will live in that future?
What might be our societal identity in the future if there is no intergenerational transfer of knowledge and culture?
Will citizens speaking out make even more difficult the management of the state and government? Threatened by the Internet, will the political classes try to take control through increasingly repressive means?
Will the proliferation of niches promote citizen funding of development (the crowdfunding)?
Will the digital divide result in greater socioeconomic inequality?
When do we invite the younger generations to the discussion table? Will we be able to develop social consensus without intergenerational exchange?
What balance needs to be struck between individual rights and collective rights?