Each year CIRANO identifies a theme that will structure part of the scientific activities. Given the special context in which we find ourselves due to the pandemic and, by the same token, the rapid transformation of society in all aspects of digital technologies, CIRANO has chosen to continue in 2020-2021 on the same theme as last year, but in a context with and after COVID-19 where "society will have become more digital".
This continuation of our theme will allow us to further explore certain current issues, particularly in light of the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, but also of the opportunities that may arise in this crisis, such as the acceleration of the adoption of digital technology in certain sectors, for example. Issues around workers' skills, numeracy levels, new forms of education, telework, telemedicine, to name but a few, but also issues of inequalities that may emerge will be studied by our researchers.
The acceleration of the digital transformation will have many effects on the functioning of private and public organizations as well as for all stakeholders in society.