Online cooking class, taught by Jill Strauss, on June 26, 2020 in Kennebunkport, USA.
Online cooking class, taught by Jill Strauss, on June 26, 2020 in Kennebunkport, USA. (GETTY IMAGES)

franceinfo: And now, is everything done online? Before confinement, digital was present in our lives. During confinement, did he become our life, Alexandre Kouchner?

Alexandre kouchner : No more connected aperitifs where you wake up with a Skype face! No more Zoom meetings where we weren’t wearing pants! No more shame about not mastering the college program by taking distance learning courses! Even if you’re on vacation, if you’ve vowed to take it down, you probably haven’t completely quit the Internet. For 55 days, we relocated our life online. What will remain of this acceleration of the digitization of our society?

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The first consequences obviously concern our professional life?

Between five and eight million workers have telecommuted during the lockdown and 73% of them, according to a survey, would like to continue doing so. So much so that some companies find it difficult to convince their employees to come back. Our personal life has also changed. Family “whatsapp” groups have multiplied and you have no more excuses for not hearing from your parents. Online shopping has exploded. And our cultural life is not left out between the 10 million visits to the virtual Louvre and the 16 million new Netflix subscribers.

Honestly, none of this is new though …

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No, but it’s a tipping point. This is the end of the digital transformation and the distinction between real and virtual life. When the world has stopped, vital functions have come online. Connection is no longer incidental but imperative professionally and personally. Classes at the university could continue online after the start of the school year. Teachers will need to have the materials and skills to adapt, and so will students. Providing employees with all the tools and training necessary for remote work is now an imperative for companies. Covering the entire territory with a very high speed connection can no longer be a vague electoral promise but a major social and economic issue. Supporting the 17% of French people in a situation of electronic control and equipping families without IT tools have become issues of national solidarity. Our digital life is now a social asset. It took a pandemic for France, a technocritical country where we are wary of GAFAM, to complete its digital revolution.

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