"It is imperative and urgent that politics reappoint digital space"

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Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, is greeted by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace on May 23, 2018.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, is greeted by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace on May 23, 2018. POOL / EPA-EFE

Tribune In less than a decade, digital transformation has become the mandate of contemporary modernity. In this way, and as if "the world before" was suddenly obsolete by the mere fact that technological progress opened the door to a "new world", it is now necessary to transform everything – even millennia to shape, organize and polish, that It's called civilization. Today's question is no longer: "Should we transform ourselves? But:" How to succeed in its transformation? As if this became a survival condition in a world where even the nature of things would change by the mere grace of technological progress.

After the exploitation of taxis, hotels and many other sectors, the State itself faces this phenomenon that nothing wants to hamper

This is the political city "Old fashioned" Now it's called to become a digital city (As digital giants want to govern our cities, Jean Haëntjens, Chessboard Street, 160 p., € 15). A city where the physical space, managed by local elected officials, will have to make way for the virtual space, controlled by platforms, a city in which decisions will no longer be taken by representatives of citizens legitimized by a choice, but by groups added by them The same platforms and in which the consumer will replace the citizen. If an example for this tendency is necessary, the movement of "yellow vests" is currently the most prominent expression. In the first sense of the word …

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In this way, after the eruption of taxis, hotels and many other sectors of the economy, the State itself now faces this phenomenon that nothing seems to hinder its development. walking On the other hand, unlike paramedics, politicians, fascinated by the promises of the digital world to recreate the world of a disillusioned and disturbed postmodern generation, have become the strong promoter of digitalisation of public action and the digital inclusion of citizens. .

Force or cyberspace

And it is the last who, trained, formatted, adapted, locked in the social and cognitive bubble chosen by him by algorithms, even more than a servile consumer, risks tomorrow becoming the useful idiot of a power that will have escaped from politics. A power that will not be the machine, but those that obey the machine. It is a fact and nature hates a void, as long as public governance is withdrawn, others replace it.

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