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We define Society 4.0 as the societal implications of living with, adapting to, and securing wellbeing in, the digital economy. The digital economy includes high-level data analytics, automation, AI and machine learning. It is changing employment and the nature of work. It is escalating forces of corporatisation as, only large organisations will have capacity for data literacy, computing power and connections to generate the data used to report on and automatedly organise, the digital economy. This leaves civil society and potentially the achievement of ‘a good society’, vulnerable.

Launched in 2018, our Society 4.0 initiative includes a yearly event – the Society 4.0 Forum (held in Melbourne) – and a program of research and development with partners to activate a positive future for society.

For the community, civil society, humanitarian, human services and government sectors, we seek to promote, probe and innovate with ideas and practices of working with data, data analytics and technology. This ‘digital and data social innovation’ work also involves partnerships with corporate and industry partners, where this is responsible, ethical and oriented to equity.

Alongside our interest in digital equity, our second key concern in Society 4.0 is employment trends, the nature of work and wellbeing at work. Our concern is that increasing automation of processes negatively affects jobs and human wellbeing. We seek to re-orientate these disruptions towards good outcomes at individual, community and society levels.

Further, aspects of the computerisation, automation, intensification and casualisation of work (together with policy responses) to date have been associated with rises in poor wellbeing. How do we best respond to these challenges in the future?



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