Social and Technological Interactions in E-societies

A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

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Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, we have witnessed major transformations in the ways that individuals and organizations interact with one another, whether in personal, professional, or societal contexts. The adoption of new technologies, mobile services, the widespread use of the Internet, social media, artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things, among many other technologies, have led to diverse and transversal changes in many processes in our organizations and society.

Because of this digital transformation, today’s society has become an E-society, a community noticeably characterized by E-government, E-democracy, E-business, E-learning, E-health, and many other digital services.

However, how is this new form of interaction impacting society, organizations, and individuals? What are the technical and non-technical aspects to consider in an E-society? These are questions that must constantly be answered, as the level of digitization and transformation evolves into new processes or into new domains of society.

Thus, this Special Issue intends, in a transversal way, to publish a collection of scientific contributions that address these aspects in the various domains of an E-society. Contributions must fall into one of the three categories of papers for the journal (article, conceptual papers or reviews) and address the topic of this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Rui Pedro Marques
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Keywords

  • e-administration
  • e-citizenship
  • e-democracy
  • e-government
  • e-health
  • e-participation
  • smart city
  • smart transportation and mobility
  • smart urbanization and living
  • virtual communities

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Western US Basque-American e-Diaspora: Action Research in California, Idaho, and Nevada
by Igor Calzada and Iker Arranz
Societies 2022, 12(6), 153; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc12060153 - 2 Nov 2022
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Basque settlement increased in the western states of the US decades ago, particularly in California, Idaho, and Nevada. Alongside this migration phenomenon, Basque Studies programs have been emerging at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), Boise State University (BSU), and California State University, [...] Read more.
Basque settlement increased in the western states of the US decades ago, particularly in California, Idaho, and Nevada. Alongside this migration phenomenon, Basque Studies programs have been emerging at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), Boise State University (BSU), and California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB), particularly in the humanities, including history, anthropology, linguistics, and literature. The impact of the pandemic in Basque e-Diasporic communities in California, Idaho, and Nevada, and, consequently, the deep digitalization process being undertaken at the abovementioned universities, has resulted in an increasing demand for an articulated strategy in community engagement through action research. To respond to this timely challenge, the article suggests a need for a transition towards a Social Science transdisciplinary roadmap to support Basque e-diasporic communities. Basque Studies programs have the potential to act as a transformational policy driver through their virtual connections with the Basque Country and key homeland institutions. This article explores this necessary transition through action research by acknowledging the potential for the three abovementioned US states and the Basque Country to set up a transformational e-Diaspora. Full article
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Georg Simmel Goes Virtual: From ‘Philosophy of Landscape’ to the Possibilities of Virtual Reality in Landscape Research
by Olaf Kühne and Dennis Edler
Societies 2022, 12(5), 122; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc12050122 - 28 Aug 2022
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With his text “Philosophy of Landscape” (German original: “Philosophie der Landschaft”), the German sociologist and philosopher Georg Simmel laid a foundation for landscape research that is still significant today. In the text, he equates the creation and perception of landscape with the creation [...] Read more.
With his text “Philosophy of Landscape” (German original: “Philosophie der Landschaft”), the German sociologist and philosopher Georg Simmel laid a foundation for landscape research that is still significant today. In the text, he equates the creation and perception of landscape with the creation of a painting. In doing so, he provided an essential foundation for landscape research with a constructivist orientation. In order to be able to grasp the differentiated nature of landscape analytically and to apply it to Simmel’s understanding of landscape, we resort to the approach of the three landscapes, which was developed from Karl Popper’s theory of the three worlds. The pictorial metaphor of Simmel’s understanding of landscapes, however, had the effect of limiting landscape to the visual, and often to what he described as ‘natural’. It did not address the power-bound nature of landscape. These aspects, however, are of great importance in current discussions about landscape. Aspects of power, multisensuality, and the incorporation of non-natural elements gain additional currency through the creation of augmented and virtual landscapes. This concerns, on the one hand, the creation of these landscapes, on the other hand, their individual internal consciousness, as well as their social construction. These show, not least, the contingency of landscape construction. They offer possibilities for the investigation of landscape stereotypes, and how innovations can be fed into the social construction of landscape to engage other senses beyond the sense of sight. The aim of our paper is to use conceptual critique to reflect on the conceptual development of social and cultural studies in landscape research since Simmel and to present its potential for framing research on AR and VR landscapes. Full article
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The Challenges and Opportunities of Era 5.0 for a More Humanistic and Sustainable Society—A Literature Review
by Maria C Tavares, Graça Azevedo and Rui P. Marques
Societies 2022, 12(6), 149; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc12060149 - 26 Oct 2022
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We are in an increasingly disruptive context, in an Era in which the world presents challenging and growing levels of uncertainty, unpredictability, and complexity. As a result, society is facing, at all levels and in all areas, more and more global challenges, challenging [...] Read more.
We are in an increasingly disruptive context, in an Era in which the world presents challenging and growing levels of uncertainty, unpredictability, and complexity. As a result, society is facing, at all levels and in all areas, more and more global challenges, challenging its stability and prosperity, whether at a technological, economic, social, environmental, or educational level. The new Era, Era 5.0, which places the human being at the center of innovation and technological transformation, can and must make its contribution to improving the quality of life, solving social problems, and human well-being, with the support of technology. Thus, this work intends, based on a systematic review of the literature, to analyze the challenges of Era 5.0 and its impacts on industry, society, and education as engines and promoters of the path to sustainable development. The results of this work show that the challenges for industry and education on the road to a “new” society are immense, in order to achieve a more humanistic society, centered on human beings, quality of life, and sustainability. We believe in contributing to the state of the art in Era 5.0 and providing an analytical reflection in the field of education and industry, on the path towards a society that places the human being at the center of innovation and technological transformation. Full article
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