The Digital Serving the Common Good Publication date : February 2, 2022
François Euvé is a Jesuit priest and has a teaching degree in physics. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Études, which sheds an open and Catholic-inspired light on important contemporary debates.
Hubert Tardieu is an engineer. Former member of the executive board of the Atos company, today he is president of the European Association for Data and Cloud.
Jean-Marie Bergère, trained as a philosopher, is a member of the academic board of the Observatoire des cadres et du management [an association to promote dialogue between executives, academics, and researchers], and is one of the foremost French experts on employment management.
Bernard Jarry-Lacombe is a professional engineer. For a long time involved with the national team of the CFDT Cadres [French labor union for executives], today he contributes to discussions on social questions with the Conférence des évêques de France [Bishops’ Conference of France].
Digital technology and telecommunications have effected such a transformation of our way of life that one cannot think about our society without taking them into account.
The huge accumulation of data issued from the tracking of users’ browsing on the internet, and the countless possibilities offered by an analysis of that data, bring to light economic, social, and anthropological relationships of unprecedented magnitude.
These realities cannot be reduced only to their technological dimension: this is why the present book proposes also to look at the ethical, societal, and ultimately anthropological ramifications of the new tools of modernity.
To do this, a criterion of discernment inspired the researchers, thinkers, and citizens who came together to write this multi-voiced book: that of the common good.
How can these tools help to build a more just, free, and unified society? How can one determine what is collectively desirable in the midst of such upheaval? These are the questions upon which this book sheds welcome light.