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Panel report: the dark side of the digitization of the individual

Ofir Turel (College of Business and Economics, California State University, Fullerton, USA)
Christian Matt (Institute of Information Systems, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland)
Manuel Trenz (Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany)
Christy M.K. Cheung (Department of Finance and Decision Sciences, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China)
John D’Arcy* (Department of Accounting & Management Information Systems, Lerner College of Business & Economics, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA)
Hamed Qahri-Saremi* (College of Computing and Digital Media, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Monideepa Tarafdar* (Management Science Department, Lancaster University (Management School), Lancaster, UK)

Internet Research

ISSN: 1066-2243

Article publication date: 11 June 2019

Issue publication date: 9 April 2019



Digital technologies have diffused into many personal life domains. This has created many new phenomena that require systematic theorizing, testing and understanding. Such phenomena have been studied under the Digitization of the Individual (DOTI) umbrella and have been discussed in the DOTI pre-International Conference on Information Systems workshop for the last three years (from 2015 to 2017). While prior years have focused on a variety of issues, this year (2018) we decided to put special emphasis on negative effects of the DOTI, i.e., “the dark side” of the DOTI.


This manuscript reports on a panel of three experts (in alphabetical order: John D’Arcy, Hamed Qahri-Saremi and Monideepa Tarafdar) who presented their past research in this domain, as well as their outlook for future research and methodologies in research on the DOTI.


The authors introduce the topic, chronicle the responses of the panelists to the questions the authors posed, and summarize and discuss their response, such that readers can develop a good idea regarding next steps in research on the dark side of the DOTI.


The authors introduce the topic of the dark sides of DOTI and point readers to promising research directions and methodologies for further exploring this relatively uncharted field of research.



Erratum: it has come to the attention of the publisher that the article, Christy M.K. Cheung (2019) “Panel report: the dark side of the digitization of the individual,” published in Internet Research, Vol. 29 No. 2, pp. 274-288, omitted the authors Ofir Turel, Christian Matt, Manual Trenz, John D’Arcy, Hamed Qahri-Saremi and Monideepa Tarafdar. This error was introduced in the editorial process and has now been corrected in the online version. The publisher sincerely apologizes for this error and for any inconvenience caused.

*In alphabetical order.


Turel, O., Matt, C., Trenz, M., Cheung, C.M.K., D’Arcy*, J., Qahri-Saremi*, H. and Tarafdar*, M. (2019), "Panel report: the dark side of the digitization of the individual", Internet Research, Vol. 29 No. 2, pp. 274-288.



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