Technology and digital platforms in the new society: opportunities and criticalities for law and democracy

Digital and technological development, as a crucial way to boost economic growth and life quality, gained a central role in public strategies at every governance level.This “digital revolution” can though raise several problems regarding the role of law: it’s difficult to keep technological progress and cultural/social planning together due to the huge speed of changes, and unprecedented challenges are posed both by new rights and new sources of law to harmonise with traditional categories.The raised importance of new communication and information methods like digital platforms, moreover, can conflict with some of the «Constitutional State» pillars such as democratic debate and transparency, being those tools strongly based on non-neutral processes or obscure policies and rules.This framework shows how sovereignty has today gained a technical nature, posing difficult challenges in order to boost technological opportunities preventing, at the same time, the advent of new inequalities.