Technology will enable greater individual empowerment, resulting in amongst other things the questioning of existing orders. In that regard, the atomisation process combines the ‘internet of all things’ with universal digital access — the transformative consequences of which may well be far more fluid approaches to authority and governance, networks that are far more creative and responsive than conventional organisational systems and ultimately changes in the very nature of identity. Atomisation, in other words, is a process by which social, political and economic dynamics are determined principally by fluid, self-organising entities that exist in parallel and normally independently of conventional structures such as states or the assumptions and procedures that normally guide economic, political and social institutions.