Managing citizenship in digital society

Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution


From 2011 and forwards a new digitization strategy for public systems has been implemented in Denmark. According to the strategy, all interactions between the system and the citizen in its multiple contexts are now by default digital and online. The logic is that Denmark is among the most digitally integrated countries around the globe, and digitization has already increasingly been adopted over the past decades by the societal systems, and by groups and individual persons. Denmark can be characterized as a digital society.
The main argument is that citizens in their local everyday life use digital media just enough to manage their citizen life in relation to big and small systems. Their civic agency focus on their local, personally embedded interests and issues. They need to be and become active, participating citizens, facilitated by digital services and systems, in order to be included and recognized active members of society. This, however, clashes somewhat with a prominent wish to exploit the potentials of the same digital opportunities in order to live quiet, peaceful, local lives.
Empirically, the paper draws on findings from an extensive study of media competences and media literacy in a Danish context, conducted in fall 2014. The qualitative findings are supported by new quantitative data on digital media use, news media and democracy.

Presentation at seminar in the Centre for Digital Citizenship,
Period23 Nov 2015
Held atLeeds University, Center for Digital Citizenship, United Kingdom


  • Citiezenship
  • digital society
  • citizen
  • managing
  • media
  • digitization