Digitalization of Global Society: From the Emerging Social Reality to its Sociological Conceptualisation


  • Liudmila VASILENKO The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)
  • Nataliya MESHCHERYAKOVA Tomsk Polytechnic University and Tomsk State University
  • Vitaly ZOTOV Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (National Research University)



digitalization, digital society, complexity, the complex hybrid systems, sociology of digital society, public governance, e-governance


The purpose of the article is to consider three important issues from the point of view of synergetic theory: global digitalization of society, digitalization of public administration and sociology of digital society.

We consider that the new trend of informatization, which replaced computerization, internetization and networkization, should be recognized as digitalization as the creation of digital network platforms that have analytical and predictive functions.

In the process of studying the global digital society, two main questions will be asked: How is it different from the previous stage of information society? What problems of its development await us in the future? The authors reveal the last question with a scenario approach, denoting both a positive and an ambiguous perspective for the development of a digital society.

The authors point to the need for the purposeful formation of social institutions in a digital society due to the complexity of the ongoing self-organizing processes.

Consideration of the sociology of digital society begins with methodological problems associated with the study of a complex hybrid system due to the unification of real and virtual social spaces, the emergence of techno-subjects and some experience in the use of digital tools in sociology, allowing to work with interactive dynamic data.


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Author Biographies

Liudmila VASILENKO, The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)

PhD in Philosophy, Dr. of Science in Sociology, Professor of the Institute of Public Administration and Management of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. Her areas of interest include sociology of an information society; fractal approach to the formation of the methodology of cross-disciplinary synthesis of knowledge; social self-organization; synergetics; gender; theory of complexity; institutes of civil society; openness of State Governance. Vasilenko is the author of 24 monographs and more than 100 articles.

Nataliya MESHCHERYAKOVA, Tomsk Polytechnic University and Tomsk State University

PhD in History, Dr. of Science in Sociology, Professor at Tomsk Polytechnic University and Tomsk State University. Her research interests include digitalization, digital sociology, new methods of sociological research, big data in sociology, and the phenomenon of social anomie. Meshcheryakova is the author of three monographs and over 50 articles. She has extensive experience in conducting empirical research using both quantitative and qualitative sociological methods.

Vitaly ZOTOV, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (National Research University)

PhD in Philosophy, Dr. of Science in Sociology, Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Educational and Scientific Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (National Research University). He has publications, including in the form of monographs, which consider the organization of the information and communication environment in general and the socio-network space in particular, the impact of these processes on the transformation of public administration. He is the author of 4 monographs and more than 150 articles.


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How to Cite

VASILENKO, L., MESHCHERYAKOVA, N., & ZOTOV, V. (2022). Digitalization of Global Society: From the Emerging Social Reality to its Sociological Conceptualisation. WISDOM, 21(1), 123–129.