Digital Nomads Beyond the Buzzword: Defining Digital Nomadic Work and Use of Digital Technologies

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10766)


Digital nomadicity has gained popularity in recent years as a fashionable lifestyle and as a way of challenging traditional work contexts, but there has been very little incisive empirical research on the lifestyle’s characteristics, its implications for the future of work, or on the technology, which supports it. This paper describes the four key elements that constitute the work of digital nomads: (1) digital work, (2) gig work, (3) nomadic work, and (4) adventure and global travel. We present digital nomads as a community of workers situated at the confluence of these four elements and define how each of these are enabled by the use of digital technologies. This research serves as a foundation for information studies concerned with the dynamic and changing relationships between future of work, new population of workers (digital natives) and emerging digital platforms.


Digital nomads Gig work Nomadic work Digital work 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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