Towards Cultural Digital: Tools, Limits and Opportunities

Digital technology brought a paradigm shift in the conformation of the cultural asset and opened up new possibilities for enjoying culture. The national recovery and resilience plan emphasised the potential of this approach, by identifying the creation of a cultural digital heritage as one of the key goals of public policies. Yet, this objective seems to be too ambitious considering the tools available. On the one hand, the Italian legislation on cultural heritage still remains firmly grounded in a material concept of cultural asset and to proprietary regimes; on the other, accessing to internet networks, as main mechanism of enjoying certain fundamental rights and freedoms, does not appear to be guaranteed by uniformity. In this scenario, the authors aims at identifying challenges, opportunities, and limits of digital culture as a tool to address social inequalities.