... drive positive benefits. But, if ignored, could fuel social exclusion leading to communities becoming less cohesive.
"This can be a positive force, exemplified by the solidarity seen in the London 2012 Olympics or a destructive force, for example the 2011 riots," says the report.
"Due to the development of smartphones, social networks and the trend towards (greater) connectivity, disparate groups can be more easily mobilised where their interests temporarily coincide."
For example: "A 'flash mob' can be mobilised between people who have not previously met".
Prof Beddington commissioned the study as part of the Government Office for Science's Foresight programme. It looks ahead to highlight emerging trends in science and technology with a view to informing policies across government departments.
"The most dynamic trend (in determining identity) is hyper-connectivity," Prof Beddington told BBC News.
"The collection and use of data by government and the private sector, the balancing of individual rights and liberties against privacy and security and the issue of how to tackle social exclusion, will be affected by these trends," he said.
"I hope the evidence in today's report will contribute to the policy making process."
The full report and its documentary evidence base can be accessed here: Executive Summary and Driver Review documentation.
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