Mike Williams

Is the digital revolution a force for good or bad?

Right-wing extremism takes root

Is the digitisation of our world positive or negative? Looking at some of the risks we explore in the latest edition of Hiscox Global Insight, I can see how it can be both.

Take the recent surge in extreme rightwing attacks profiled in our lead feature. There has been an average of 25 attacks in Europe each year between 2015 and 2017 carried out by rightwing extremists, compared to four a year between 2012 and 2014. The flames of this growing problem have undoubtedly been fanned by the growth of online communities sharing extremist content and by users, to some extent, daring each other to commit atrocities. 

Digital assistance

Our piece on the causes behind an increase in US trucking-related fatalities looks at how technological innovations like automatic breaking, cruise control, and collision mitigation software could be the answer.

Staying in the US, we explore what impact the implementation of a new rating methodology will have on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the US federal-backed flood insurer. There will surely be a role for digital transformation here in both assessing flood risk and making it much easier for consumers to understand the threat to their properties, as well as to purchase policies.

Deadly ingredients

Also, we look at the implications for the food industry of new labelling laws introduced in the aftermath of recent deaths from allergic reactions, while our regular 60 seconds feature reveals what our new Head of Change – Sean Anderson – did during the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony. And we have Bobby Read on why award-winning supermarket wines have left a bad taste.

We hope you enjoy reading this issue online – another digital positive surely!