The academic literature perceives the Internet age as one with powerful information technologies that created two digital phenomena: The first, the digital platforms, enables the matching of markets (e.g., drivers and passengers) to generate profit based on collected information. The second, the “Internet of Things,” describes how communication is possible between different places and objects to enable a fast, efficient, and accessible way of life. Separately but increasingly also together, the two phenomena allow for the gathering of information into Big Data, processing it by smart algorithms, and creating new forms of social and governmental controls.
Alongside the continuous harm to the privacy, the Internet age has challenged the way individuals and society behave. Amongst others, different social institutions – and primarily those associated with labor relations, ownership of private property, and of the household – have seen tremendous shifts that require rethinking various social problems, as well as, reconsidering regulatory mechanisms of the private and public spheres. Consequently, this reading group facilitates young scholars and doctorates, arriving from different disciplines, and enables a joint intellectual discussion on how each phenomenon, and the two together, challenges the modern society, its institutions, and the academic literature investigating them.