Digital Literacy in Digital Society 5.0: Some Challenges


  • Maria José Sá CIPES – Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies, Matosinhos, Portugal
  • Ana Isabel Santos University of the Azores, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Department of Education; Interdisciplinary Centre for Childhood and Adolescence – NICA-UAc, the Azores, Portugal; CIE – ISPA – Instituto Universitário, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Sandro Serpa University of the Azores, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Department of Sociology; Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences – CICS.UAc/CICS.NOVA.UAc; Interdisciplinary Centre for Childhood and Adolescence – NICA – UAc, Ponta Delgada, the Azores, Portugal
  • Carlos Miguel Ferreira Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences – CICS.NOVA; Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies, Lisbon, Portugal



Industry 4.0, Society 5.0, digital literacy, digital society, smart factory, super-smart society, cyberspace and physical space


In today’s world, digitalization, the virtual and being permanently online become normality, corresponding to individuals’ current and future expectations, with an increasing impact, without forgetting those excluded from this reality (digital divide). Society 5.0 seeks to foster this reality. As a concept initially political-ideological, Society 5.0 currently allows for the development of various analyses on this process of shaping a society where the digital is increasingly present at the service of sustainable social and economic development – a super-smart society. This paper aims to develop an analysis of the challenges that old and new potential social inequalities pose to social inclusion in this super-smart society. The methodology used in this study is qualitative. The authors carried out a search for publications in the field under study in several international databases and used the technique of content analysis. The results allow concluding that, while it is certain that the concept of Society 5.0 initially had a Japanese national dimension, it tends, with modifications considering the distinct features of several countries, to be applied by those regions of the globe that seek future sustainable development (economic, social and environmental).


Received: 23 November 2020 / Accepted: 2 February 2021 / Published: 5 March 2021


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Sá, M. J. ., Santos, A. I. ., Serpa, S. ., & Ferreira, C. M. . (2021). Digital Literacy in Digital Society 5.0: Some Challenges. Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 10(2), 1.



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