Digitalisation for Increased Competitiveness

Sweden’s competitiveness will increase if we take advantage of opportunities afforded by digitalisation. We are well-positioned to do this. But Sweden needs to handle the challenges of digitalisation. The purpose of the project Digitalisation for Increased Competitiveness is to raise the level of knowledge and awareness about this issue. The project, which has three focus areas: infrastructure, talent supply and integrity, will develop proposals for strategies, policies and concrete measures.
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Infrastructure

Society is entirely dependent on efficient digital infrastructure. In recent years technical problems and other issues have disabled vital functions in society. As citizens we count on cloud services being available around the clock so that we can use bank services, conduct official business and have social interactions.

Today’s digital infrastructure is the result of a series of decisions and initiatives by private sector actors. This jeopardises the security, operational reliability and durability of the infrastructure. What actions are needed for Sweden’s digital infrastructure in order to ensure secure access to digital information and services and prevent unauthorised access?

Talent supply

New skills are needed as digitalisation increases. What undergraduates learn at university may already be obsolete five years after they graduate. People need to go back to university/college several times during their professional life to upgrade their skills. Livelong learning needs to be a reality. What do schools and universities need to do to carry out their new education mandate and offer refresher programmes? And how should people’s working lives be adapted for lifelong learning to meet the ongoing need for upskilling which digitalisation requires?

Integrity                                                                             

We are making more and more digital imprints. This is raising a lot of questions about integrity. For the first time we have a generation that is digitally documented from cradle to grave. People need to inform themselves in order to choose the level of integrity they want in the new information society. Private enterprises will determine this level for those who are not well-informed. Which ethical dilemmas and questions are raised when our digital imprints are stored and used by businesses? What regulations and laws are needed to attain a good balance between a person’s need for integrity and new commercial services.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Chairman of the Steering Committee: Jan Nygren
Project Manager: Linda Olsson
Coordinator: Eva Lagerblad
Communications Manager Jan Westberg
The project timeframe is 2017– 2019