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Maverick* Research: Profit From Society's Digital Evolution or Be Dominated by It

Published: 23 September 2013

ID: G00252829

Analyst(s): Don Scheibenreif , Nick Ingelbrecht


Digital extremists are reordering society as we know it. Organizations can profit through a clear understanding and application of digital dexterity or be rendered obsolete by it. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Table Of Contents


  • *Maverick Research
  • Why Digital Literacy, as We Know It Today, Is Obsolete
  • Digital Dexterity: The New Digital Literacy and Resulting Societal Order
    • Digital Dexterity: Mastery of Digital Literacy
    • A New Societal Order, Shaped by Digital Extremists
  • Digital Extremists: Dominator, Liberator or Profiteer
    • Salman Khan — Khan Academy
    • Grace Hopper — Mathematician
    • PSY — Entertainer
    • Edward Snowden — NSA Whistleblower
    • Julian Assange — WikiLeaks
    • Wael Ghonim — Arab Spring: Egypt
    • Herman Chinery-Hesse — theSOFTtribe
    • Ma Huateng — Tencent Holdings
    • Kevin Mitnick — Convicted Hacker
  • Finding Digital Extremists
    • How to Identify Digital Extremists
  • Implications for Organizations
    • The Right Level of Digital Dexterity Needed to Deliver on Your Business Strategy
    • What to Do With the Other 99% of Your Organization
  • Action Plan for Clients
    • How to Attract Digital Extremists to Your Organization
    • How to Manage Digital Extremists
    • Strategies for the Rest of Your Organization

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