As younger generations enter the digital world, they are gravitating less to the “traditional” platforms — such as Facebook — and moving to a wider selection of digital spaces hosted by communities focused on niche activities like online gaming.

This splintering of the digital demos sees new standards for online behaviour emerging and the opening up of opportunities for those looking to radicalise, subvert or carry out espionage.

In the longer-term it will divide civil society into an increasing number of pockets, making it more difficult for modern political discourse to guide the actions of our appointed political representatives, concludes cyber expert James Mortensen.

The splintering of digital democracy: James Mortensen