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Connected World

How can we make more meaningful connections in a world where not everyone benefits from digitalisation and globalisation? In the profile theme Connected World, VU students and academics study the influence of digitalisation and globalisation on people, culture, the economy and politics.

We live in a world where almost everything is connected. But not everyone benefits from this. While there is growing connectedness, there is also the threat of exclusion. While borders are disappearing, there is loss of identity and alienation. And while new technologies are providing unprecedented opportunities, a digital divide is being created, our privacy is being threatened, and polarisation and the spread of disinformation seem inescapable. If we want to solve these problems, we need to make better, more meaningful connections.

Mission of profile theme Connected World
We want to connect the unconnected. The increasing connectivity worldwide requires research into how we can bridge cultural and ideological as well as social and economic divides. We shed light on how the lightning-fast developments are not only part of the cause, but often part of the solution as well. So that everyone gets the chance to live their life in connection—now and in the future.

Connected World contributes to SDGs
This profile theme contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): developing resilient and inclusive infrastructure and innovation (SDG 9), reducing inequality (SDG 10), making communities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11), and promoting peace and justice through better institutions (SDG 16).