Saunavaara, J., Laine, A., & Salo, M. (2022). The Nordic societies and the development of the data centre industry: Digital transformation meets infrastructural and industrial inheritance. Technology in Society, 69, 101931. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techsoc.2022.101931
The Nordic societies and the development of the data centre industry : digital transformation meets infrastructural and industrial inheritance
|Author:||Saunavaara, Juha1; Laine, Antti2; Salo, Matti3|
1Arctic Research Centre, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
2Information Technology, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland
3Department of History, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2022051335048
|Publish Date:|| 2022-06-27
While attempts to conceptualise the future course of societal development often emphasise the high-level integration and blurring of boundaries between physical and digital space, digital transformation has already made current societies highly dependent on the flawless functioning of the digital infrastructures built globally around data centres. This study provides a comprehensive analysis of the recent emergence and maturation of the Nordic data centre industry. While paying special attention to questions concerning technological and societal change, as well as industrial and infrastructural inheritance, the research explores the development of the field that has a short history but strong ties with processes that can be traced back tens or even hundreds of years. Examining the continuity between old and new, the focus is not only on the material infrastructure but also on policies and practices that have paved the way for the evolution of stable Nordic societies with relevant human capital and business-friendly environments that support the incubation of new industries and the deployment of new technologies.
Technology in society
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
113 Computer and information sciences
616 Other humanities
This work was partially supported by the Arctic Challenge for Sustainability II (ArCS II), Program [grant number JPMXD1420318865].
Supplementary data to this article can be found online at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techsoc.2022.101931.
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