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Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics

    ESEP prepress abstract   -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/esep00202

    Digitalization processes vs Traditional ones: Ethical and environmental aspects

    Yana Serkina*, Zoya Novikova, Alexey Sukhorukih

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    ABSTRACT: At the current level of economic development, the digital transformation of society is an important factor in advancing any social structure. The purpose of this paper is to explore the transformation of a traditional society into a digital one with a focus on its ethical and environmental aspects. The study draws on a variety of information analysis methods, including SWOT analysis, to identify opportunities, threats, weaknesses, and strengths of digitalization, including the environmental aspect. The research revealed that in Russia, the only highly digitalized sectors were information technology and finance. This is strikingly different compared to the European countries, where only transport and building industries slowly implemented digital technologies into their business processes. The study also looked at the digitalization levels in seven Moscow universities. The universities managed to improve their digitalization scores with the help of recommendations developed for online learning, such as selection of quality software, having qualified teaching staff, constant monitoring and evaluation of knowledge. The findings can be used in economic, social, and environmental spheres since they highlight the ambiguous effects of digitalization using practical examples.