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Frank Buytendijk
Research VP & Fellow
10 years at Gartner
23 years IT Industry

Frank Buytendijk is a Gartner Research VP & Fellow, covering digital ethics and data & analytics. Read Full Bio

The Future is Here. The Future is Now.

by Frank Buytendijk  |  September 28, 2017

“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” – William Gibson “Only in motion is the future” – Yoda “In the future, it’s all going to be different! And better! And bigger! Technology will …” <everybody else to fill in their dystopian or utopian vision> We’re getting a bit tired of […]

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A Futurist Perspective … Digital Fatigue, And Why You Shouldn’t

by Frank Buytendijk  |  September 7, 2017

Today I had an interesting conversation. About “digital fatigue”. The word digital is indeed used quite a bit, and it is easy to get tired of it. If you put “digital” in front of everything, it becomes meaningless, doesn’t it? There are two types of digital fatigue I guess. Some feel it is overhyped. Overstated. […]

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The #digitalsociety and the digital social contract

by Frank Buytendijk  |  May 30, 2017

Ok, that wins first prize on “least attractive blog title”. But it is a very important subject. In this blog I regularly comment on the digitalization of society. In my last blog I focused mostly on your role, dear reader. In this blog I’d like to take it one step further, and see if we […]

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#digitalsociety

by Frank Buytendijk  |  March 29, 2017

Think of everything you read and heard about the digitalization of business, digital strategies and digital platforms this week or this month, and put it aside. There is a much larger and much more important trend emerging: the digitalization of society itself. It’s a little like the Himalayas. You’re looking at a mountain ridge, and […]

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Participate In A New Research Project!

by Frank Buytendijk  |  December 1, 2016

  In essence, ethics is what you believe is right and what is wrong. In personal life, but also in business. In order to make sure that you what you believe is good behavior then also happens, and that as much as possible what you believe is bad behavior is being avoided, some governance is […]

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Who Owns The Data, Anyway?

by Frank Buytendijk  |  November 5, 2016

A digital society is emerging, in which virtual and physical elements blend into a new reality. We have to get it right. I mean, if a digital business messes up, there are often alternatives of where you can take your business. But in the digital society? We cannot live outside of it. We are part […]

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Introducing “Digital Connectivism”: A New Philosophy for the Digital Society

by Frank Buytendijk  |  November 5, 2016

“We are creating a digital society that is reshaping who we are and how we live. This new dynamic needs a new philosophy as our old business-driven ways don’t work anymore. Digital leaders should embrace digital connectivism to navigate the new digital society with skill and in comfort.” That’s the summary of the new set […]

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Can you abuse technology? It certaintly works the other way around!

by Frank Buytendijk  |  September 26, 2016

About 10-50% of interactions with Siri and other smart assistants is abusive in nature, I recently read. A peculiar spread of percentages, but it got me thinking. Are there ethical objections to using offensive language, to verbally abusing digital technology? One would say there are none. You can’t really offend technology, so it doesn’t matter. […]

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What’s the business case for digital ethics?

by Frank Buytendijk  |  September 2, 2016

“Ethics are an interesting discussion to have sitting at the fire place, but in the end we have a business to run, and need to make money”. It seems hard to make the business case for good behavior. The die hard amoral capitalist would even see it the other way around. It pays to not […]

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Digital Ethics

by Frank Buytendijk  |  September 2, 2016

With the best of intentions I am finally starting my blog. On digital ethics, the relationship between people and technology, and more philosophical matters. Don’t worry! It won’t be airy-fairy. It won’t be pie-in-the-sky. It will be practical and current. Ok, with the occasional reference to a dead Greek. Practical and current. Because everytime when […]

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