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Digital risk phenomenon: its conceptualization and impact on modern social reality

M.V. Kostolomova
80,00 Р

UDC 314/316-042.4:004


M.V. Kostolomova is PhD in Sociology, Leading Researcher at Institute of Socio-Political Research, Branch of the Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ISPR FCTAS RAS) e-mail:


Presented is the analysis of digital risks as a phenomenon of modern society that has a transformational impact on all spheres of human life. Methodologically based on the postulates of riskology, the author notes the fact that each branch of knowledge actually forms its own theoretical context. The article proposes the concept of studying risks from a sociological position, which to a greater extent allows you to concentrate on a person who becomes one of the determining factors in the aspect of determining the essence of risks and overcoming them. The author draws attention to the fact that, although the risks are inherently inherent in social reality, the risks of digitalization are formed spontaneously and have a number of specific features. The article provides the author’s definition of “digital risks”, as well as the question of how to anticipate or adapt to them. The study further provides a categorization of digitalization risks according to the corresponding level of manifestation in social reality at the micro and macro levels. As the main risks that can lead to the most profound transformations of society, the author singles out the risk of intensifying the process of dehumanization, as well as the risk of developing digital deviant behavior. A detailed analysis of these risks, presented in the article, made it possible to conclude that the specificity of digital risks lies not only in different levels of manifestation, but also in algorithms of preventive measures. In the final part of the work, the author’s conclusions are presented for the subsequent development of practical recommendations.

Key words: digital risks, digitalization, social reality, transformation, dehumanization, digital deviation.



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