Digital Information Society 2018. The year we conquered Artificial Intelligence

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2018 was the year of Artificial Intelligence, in which Spain saw itself leading the way in fibre optics in Europe and marked the triumph of instant messaging as a channel of communication among young people, the new Mute Generation. These are just some of the social indicators to be found in the Spain 2018 Digital Society Report. Download #sdiE2018 free of charge

Once again, we presented #sdiE2018, the report which sets out the most important social indicators that make up the digital society panorama, as well as analysing the evolution of digital services and infrastructures in Spain. The date for your diary is Tuesday 2 April at the Espacio Fundación Telefónica Auditorium, where we will be accompanied by leading experts from the sector.

This year’s Spain 2018 Digital Society Report shows the role played by landline and mobile broadband in the digitalisation process, analysing how society is gradually adopting technology and online services as normal elements in our day-to-day life.


“Digital society in Spain requires an ethical framework in which technology is at the service of people.”

Carmen Morenés Director General of Fundación Telefónica

Carmen Morenés, director general of Fundación Telefónica, welcomed those present to the presentation of the report: “There can be no doubt that the world has changed greatly since the first Information Society Report 19 years ago. In 2000 it wasn’t easy to foresee the digital revolution – Google was just one year old”. The following is one of the most revealing facts about this year: “Spain is the leading country for fibre optics.”

María Jesús Almazor, Telefónica España CEO, highlighted the importance of information in this great digital transformation: “It’s going to be the new oil and we have to learn how to use it.” She also recalled the need for this digital transformation to be based on values: “It has to be fair, transparent and explainable. We need an ethical framework in which technology is at the service of people.”

The former Minister of Work and Immigration, Valeriano Gómez Sánchez, presented the key information and conclusions to be drawn from #sdiE2018. The following is the most noteworthy: “In Spain there are at least 10,000 jobs that can’t be filled due to the lack of suitable profiles in the digital sector.” Francisco Polo, Secretary of State for Digital Advancement, also attended the event, focusing his speech on “Europe’s need to recuperate its digital leadership.”

The presentation of SDIE 2018 featured two round-table discussion forums moderated by the journalist Vicente Vallés, at which we analysed digital transformation and the future challenges that face our society:

Towards a secure digital world – challenges and opportunities

– Alicia Richart, director general of DigitalES. “Competitiveness, dimension and innovation are the three main challenges facing Spanish SMEs.”

– Yaiza Rubio, security analyst at ElevenPaths, Telefónica’s cyber-security unit: “There are not enough agents or teams to analyse and process all current online cyber-criminal attacks.”

– José Moisés Martín Carretero, director of Red2Red and co-author of the sdiE18 report: “We need inclusive digitalisation. The challenge is for those companies and people who are being left behind.”

The impact of digital transformation on society

– Fernando Marqués Ley, Digital transformation lead at Sanitas: “Artificial intelligence is crucial for the development of health.”

– Jose Luis Nuñez, global head of the Telefónica Blockchain Centre: “There are two theories regarding the emergence of blockchain. Those that believe it will change everything and those who don’t think it will be that important.”

– José Moisés Martín Carretero. Director of Red2Red and the co-author of the sdiE18 report

The event featured a sign language interpreter and was streamed via the Fundación Telefónica website and social media with the hashtag #sdiE18.

Digital Information Society 2018. The year we conquered Artificial Intelligence
Digital Information Society 2018. The year we conquered Artificial Intelligence