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Technological and Digital Risk: Research Issues

Edited By Gevisa La Rocca and Juan Martínez Torvisco

What are the borders of risk? How is the perception of risk related to new technologies and digital changing? This book discusses these topics, moving from theories to research data, looking for concrete answers now, or taking a picture of reality. The volume is divided into three main sections: Exploring the Edges of Risk, according to sociological, psychological and artificial intelligence perspective; Technological and Digital Risks, exploring social media, cyberbullying, hate speech, social bots on digital platforms; Risk in the Cities, working with risk and deviance, risk communication, environmental and nuclear risks. Inside, research data from Europe, USA and Mexico are discussed.

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Preface (Fabrizio Fornari)

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Fabrizio Fornari

I have gladly accepted the proposal to write a short preface to this volume, in which an articulated, analytical and precise reconstruction takes place – historical, empirical and theoretical – of what the editors of the same volume called Technological and Digital Risk.

It is undoubtedly a central theme not only to understand the current processes of transformation of social reality, but also to outline a path that is capable of linking theory and practice, spurring political action to rise to the level of a concrete historical-ethical view of the major issues affecting the contemporary world.

Moreover, it is the latter that requires cooperation between sociological imagination and experimental research, in the light of which knowledge orients itself, if not to solve the issues of technological and digital risk, at least to recognize them.

Having said that, defining the concept of risk tout court, despite its technological and digital variables, is not an easy undertaking at all. For this reason it is useful, in my opinion, as it should always be done in the presence of uncertain semantics and not sufficiently defined, starting from the recourse to the etymological dimension in which the concept to be investigated is inscribed; indicating etimos, in its Greek and original exception, a movement of approximation to “truth”.

Exactly, the term “risk” etymologically would seem to go back to the Byzantine Greek rhizikó, as a derivation of the Arabic rizq. According to philological sources of...

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