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Business, Politics, and Society in a Digitalised World


I’m in favour of keeping the network as open as possible.

Vinton Cerf, computer scientist and inventor of the internet protocols TCP/IP

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At a glance

  • Digitalisation changes the way we work, communicate and gain information. Digital development has now found its way into all areas of  life and is present in all policy fields.
  • Data is a central component of digitalisation. Better access to data and the opportunity to develop data-based solutions to problems affords enormous economic potential.
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly being used to analyse data. One of its uses is to recognise patterns in large volumes of data or to adapt processes specifically to the situation.
  • Results and models generated by AI-assisted data analyses can support processes or decisions with important information and thus contribute to optimisation.
  • With its multifaceted work on digitalisation issues, the main goal of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is to strengthen the competitiveness of Germany and Europe.



1. Data policy and ensuring fair global competition

2. Artificial intelligence on the rise

3. Strengthening Germany's competitiveness with the help of digitalisation

4. We also think of digitalisation as a cross-cutting issue

5. Our offers and projects on the topic

6. Publications, events and media contributions on the topic


Digitalisation is present in all areas of life and thus in all policy fields. It changes the way we communicate with each other, how we glean information and how we work. As one of the most important present-day transformational forces, it has an impact on the economy, society and politics alike.


Data policy and ensuring fair global competition

Data is a central building block of digitalisation. Ensuring better access to data for data-driven solutions is not just a challenge faced by the business world. Similarly, it is important that administration optimises the use of data for greater citizen proximity, efficiency and synergies. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has been focusing on the topic of open data for several years. While our work portfolio also includes topics such as data trustees, data platforms and data protection.

With a view to the global players, ensuring fair competition is of special importance here. At the “European Data Summit”, each year we discuss these issues with international participants from a European perspective.


Artificial intelligence on the rise

Applications of artificial intelligence are increasingly being used to extract added value from existing data. These complex systems can identify patterns in large amounts of data, adjust processes according to the situation or enter into dialogue. This way, they can support processes or decisions with important information. How this is done, depends on the available data, the algorithms in use, and of course, the objectives set by humans in the context of the respective application.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung closely monitors the rapid development of these technologies, explains fundamental interrelationships, provides analyses from an international perspective, and illustrates both political and ethical implications.


Strengthening Germany's competitiveness with the help of digitalisation

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung pursues the goal of strengthening competitiveness in Germany through digitalisation. It examines the economic and socio-political effects, draws up action recommendations for policy and plays an empowering role with educational opportunities for participation. The focus will be on the European Digital Single Market, data economy, artificial intelligence (AI) and the relationship between regulatory policy and digitalisation.


We also think of digitalisation as a cross-cutting issue

Digitalisation is neither a purely technical nor economic issue. It is a cross-cutting issue. That is why the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is also devoted to questions of digital education, the impact on democracy and opinion formation or international politics. Here, we harness our international networks, connect areas of work in the Stiftung and bring together expertise from science, business, society and politics.

Our offers and projects on the topic

Event series

This overview provides you with a selection of relevant event series of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung that deal with aspects of digitalisation.

European Data Summit


With the European Data Summit, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organises its annual international conference on data and competition. At the forefront is the relevance of the topic to regulatory projects implemented by the European Union.


Learn more about the European Data Summit


Selected publication projects

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has already developed and carried out several projects on the topic of digitalisation, a selection of which we would like to present to you. This includes a publication series on data policy issues, quantum computer technology or an interview series on artificial intelligence.

Quantum Computers and their Importance for Society


Quantum computing is a salient future technology that harbours enormous economic and social potential. Against this background, our publications on the topic explain basics, possible applications, social implications and provide recommendations for action.


Learn more about the quantum computing publications

Artificial Intelligence (AI) from a Global Perspective


With interview partners from all over the world, we talk about the lines of conflict between ethics and AI, the technological added value, but also about the risks and different political approaches when dealing with AI.


Learn more about the interview series

Digital Transformation in Asia-Pacific


The Asia-Pacific region is considered a leader in the digitalisation of the economy and society. Nowhere are the use of digital products and everyday aids as well as digital processes more established than in the regions of Southeast Asia and the Pacific. This includes future trends and technologies such as artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, e-health or FinTech.

Our offices and regional programmes in the region monitor these developments, which are of particular importance to the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, especially from a comparative perspective. In order to generate social and economic added value in the sense of the social market economy, we promote the exchange of knowledge between Germany, Europe and Asia in cooperation with regional actors from politics, business, society and science.


Learn more about the digital transformation in Asia-Pacific

Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights


Our three-part series of articles shows how artificial intelligence (AI) not only increases the work output of an economy, but also affords individuals the opportunity to claim their rights. In two interviews with experts and an interactive web publication, we address the legal issues as well as the design aspect in interactions between humans and machines. We use illustrative examples to show how AI promotes human rights at its current stage of development.


Learn more about artificial intelligence and human rights

Data Protection Law and Data Trust


With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Europe not only demonstrated confidence on the path towards a common digital policy, but also established clear and, above all, uniform rules for handling the data of data subjects. Nevertheless, data protection exhibits a mixed picture with plenty of impulses for debate.

The articles of our publication series, in which we also address the topic of data trust, look in detail at various perspectives and inform you about controversial debates and the current state of developments.


Learn more about the publications on data protection law and data trust

Open Data und Open Government


Data is considered to be an inexhaustible and renewable resource. If data could be used collectively on a large scale, experts deem its economic value as being extremely high. A concept that proposes precisely this kind of data usage is called “open data”. Here it is mainly a matter of opening up electronic information for use by everyone, so that it can be re-used and disseminated. This would not only affect politics, science, administration and business, but also the citizens themselves.

Therefore, “open data” represents a multi-faceted topic, which we approach from different perspectives with our publication contributions on “open data” and “open government”.


Learn more about the open data publications

Competition Policy in the Digital World


Digital platform companies are deemed as the big so-called “gatekeepers” on the digital markets. Above all, Asian and American companies are successful here. The seven most valuable companies worldwide either come from the USA or China. To ensure that Europe does not lose its momentum, it is necessary to look at competition policy issues related to themes such as the data economy or Industry 4.0. After all, safeguarding our social and economic prosperity over the long-term will also largely depend on whether Europe will be able to create the framework conditions that enable it to remain competitive on the international stage.

With our publication project on competition policy in the digital world, we would like to contribute our expertise to this highly topical discussion, and highlight corresponding recommendations for action.


Learn more about the publications on digital competition policy

The Metaverse


On the one hand, the metaverse describes technological applications that enable 3D worlds to be virtually experienced and walked through. On the other hand, the term is linked to the assumption that a new and possibly the final stage of digitalisation has been initiated, although the technologies used for this are not new at all. The metaverse is already being used today. On our overview page, we explain which application scenarios already exist, which are conceivable in the future and what this entails for the digital infrastructure.


Learn more about the metaverse

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Publications, events and media contributions on the topic

Our contributions are as wide-ranging and multifaceted as the topic itself!

Whether it's an expert interview, specialist publication or hot debate - click through and you're guaranteed to find the right format for you!

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Publications to the topic

Immersive Technologien KALUZA+SCHMID Studio GmbH, Berlin

Added value through immersive technologies

Application scenarios for XR technologies in business and society

Deepfake-Konzept zum Abgleich von Gesichtsbewegungen. Gesichtstausch oder Nachahmung. Adobe Stock / FAMILY STOCK

The influence of Deep Fakes on Elections

Legitimate Concern or Mere Alarmism?

Resolution der UN-Generalversammlung zu künstlicher Intelligenz (KI)

Map of the Month 04/2024


Croatian security industry 2024

International Conference



Gesellschaftliche Chancen und Risiken Künstlicher Intelligenz im politischen Prozess

Political Prompt Engineering kas

Political Prompt Engineering

Ein Leitfaden für den Einsatz Künstlicher Intelligenz in der Politik

Analyse und Argumente: adobe stock / VectorMine

AI methods for specific challenges in education

Enabling effective support and challenge

Future retirement home - three elderly men with VR headsets Adobe Stock / Dr.Söd / Generated with AI

The digital divide in society

Results from a representative survey on artificial intelligence

Ein Geldautomat in der Mongolei KAS

Title: Digitalization as an opportunity for development

Status of the digitalization of the Mongolian administration

Nordkorea Flagge Fahne Cyber Internation Hacker Grispb,

Cyber Actors: North Korea

How cyber operations support the state system

SG AI (1)

Singapore’s National Strategy in the Global Race for AI

A brief overview of the new Singapore’s National AI Strategy and latest development of the regulatory frameworks

Publication COLA-KKU Digital Local Governance

Digital Local Governance

Empowering Local Government Officials on Digital Literacy and Cybersecurity

WTO Seeseite KAS Genf

The E-Commerce Moratorium: 404 Not Found

The renewal of the e-commerce moratorium - business as usual?

Map of the Month 02/2024

KI in Subsahara-Afrika Media Lens King,

AI in Subsahara-Africa – Afrofuturism without African languages?

The challenges for large language models

KI Header

NLP: Ein neuer Player in der Politischen Kommunikation

KI-Entwicklung im Systemwettbewerb

AI Development and Systemic Rivalry

A Chance for Germany?

Palais des Nations Geneva II

Geneva Barometer

Developments among Geneva-based international organisations from October to December 2023

E-Voting IMAGO / Scanpix

"Swish and Vote" in Estonia

Voting via smartphone soon?

European Data Summit 2023 Jana Reimann-Grohs/KAS

Cadenabbia Memorandum on the European Cloud Policy

Europe’s Quest for a Sovereign Cloud

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Events on the topic



Stadt - Land - Bus
NRW-Tour 2024: Soziale Marktwirtschaft zwischen Stadt und Land



DemocrAIcy III
Gesellschaftliche Chancen und Risiken Künstlicher Intelligenz im politischen Prozess



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Griante-Cadenabbia (CO)
Gerät die Welt aus den Fugen? Herausforderung für die Demokratie



Sicherheitspolitik im Baltikum
Die Baltenrepubliken zwischen Europa, der NATO und Russland

Event Reports on the topic

Event Reports on the topic

Podium Zimmermann, Pisch, Stuffrein

DemocrAIcy II

Die zweite Veranstaltung der Reihe am 14. Mai 2024

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DemocrAIcy I

Der Auftakt am 23. April 2024

Cadenabbia Titel

Staat und Verwaltung effektiv gestalten

Begrüßung zum Hi Ai – KI-Kongress Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung/Tina Flemming

Artificial intelligence as a driver of innovation in government and society

Hi Ai - the AI congress for everyone

Die Stadt ist komplexer geworden

Umsetzung der Berliner Smart City Strategie in der Diskussion

Noll, Standop, Tricot 1 Martin Reuber

Fluch oder Segen für die Zukunft der Bildung in Deutschland und Frankreich?

Digitale Lernformen im deutsch-französischen Vergleich

European Data Summit 2022 KAS

Sustainability Requires Innovation

Searching for a Fair Distribution Key in the Data Economy when Competition Matters

forum digital: Ab ins Metaversum! Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung/Kai Bodo Schläfke

Immersive Technologien und der Hype um das Metaverse

Im „forum digital“ diskutierten Politik, Wirtschaft und Forschung die Potentiale von virtuellen Realitäten

Moderatorin Karoline Gil, General Michael Vetter, Ferdinand Gehringer, Maximilian Mäder Felix Witzlinger

Die digitale Zukunft unserer Sicherheit

Sicherheitspolitische Herausforderungen in einer neuen Geopolitik

Professor Dr. Joachim Fetzer (links) und Frederk Schmitt Thomas Ehlen /

Algorithmen entscheiden nicht - Unsere Zukunft mit Künstlicher Intelligenz

Eine Bilanz des Fuldaer Gesprächs 3. November 2022

KAS-Stipendiaten aus Afrika Martin Reuber

Gemeinsam gehen will gelernt sein

Ein Werkstattbericht über die Zukunft der afrikanisch-europäischen Partnerschaft

Dr. Sven Herpig Thomas Ehlen /

Resilienz stärken! Cybersicherheit als zentrale Kategorie im digitalen Zeitalter

Eine Bilanz des Wiesbadener Tischgesprächs und des Frankfurter Gesprächs am 5. September 2022

PD Dr. Jochen Roose (l) und Ralf Altenhof (r) KAS-Bremen

Innovationskultur in Deutschland

Mittagsveranstaltung zur KAS-Studie von PD Dr. Jochen Roose

Oliver Krauß MdL Ingo Hellwig

Auswege oder Ausflüchte?

Die Welt im Krisenmodus

European Data Summit 2021 - Stage 2 Juliane Liebers

The Time is Now – Ready for Competition

European Data Summit 2021

Forum Digital The Next Big Thing

Von der Idee zur Innovation

Staatliche Förderung ist mehr als Geld

Künstliche Intelligenz

Forum Künstliche Intelligenz

Veranstaltungsbericht zum internen Workshop mit dem KAS Fellow 2020/21 Prof. Dr. Armin Nassehi


Brauchen wir einen Digitalpakt Kita?

Chancen und Herausforderungen der Digitalisierung in der frühkindlichen Bildung

Digitaltag 17.06.2021

Mach dein Leben digital!

Digitale Veranstaltungsreihe "Wer sind wir in einer Pandemie?"

Das "C" in KI. Technologie für die Gesellschaft

Ein Gespräch mit Nadine Schön, Jonas Andrulis und Armin Nassehi


Media library

Erststimme #92: Lars Zimmermann
State modernization
We welcome our guest Lars Zimmermann, who is accompanying our work in 2024 as a KAS Fellow. Marcel Schepp talks to him about the topic of state modernization, among other things.
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Erststimme #88: Hildegard Müller
Nachhaltige Mobilität & Künstliche Intelligenz
In der aktuellen Folge sprechen wir mit Hildegard Müller, der Präsidentin des Verbandes der Automobilindustrie, über spannende anstehende Themen.
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Highlights from the Workshop
Empowering Digital Local Governance
Lectures and recommendations to enhance digital literacy and awareness on cybersecurity in public services among local administrative officials in upper northeastern provinces.
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Erststimme #78: Thorsten Alsleben
Deutschland im Standortwettbewerb – wie können wir die Initiative wiedergewinnen?!
Wir sprechen mit Thorsten Alsleben, dem Geschäftsführer der Initiative Neue Soziale Marktwirtschaft (INSM), die sich für Reformen im Sinne der Sozialen Marktwirtschaft einsetzt.
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Socio-economic Development and Sustainability
FB-Live Recording: CIM City - The Future of Bangkok Urbanization
A hybrid discussion held by Institute of Democratization Studies explored administrative modernization and collaboration between many actors for Bangkok's inclusive advancement..
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Erststimme #72: Daniel Jung
Zukunft der Bildung
Wir sprechen mit dem Bildungsexperten und Bildungs-Influencer Daniel Jung über die Zukunft der Bildung, wo neue Medien beim Lernen & Lehren helfen ...
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Socio-economic Development and Sustainability
WATCH AGAIN: Smart City and Digital Government in 2023 - Resilience for Future
An online discussion held by Institute of Democratization Studies (IDS) on 31 May 2023.
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Digitalisation Interview Series 2023
Dr. Marko Skoric on Social Media Democratisation
"We need to go beyond the idea of letting one guy decide on what free speech is in the cyberspace."
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Digitalisation Interview Series 2023
Dr. Kyung Sin Park on Net Neutrality
"Net Neutrality should be the minimum condition that we have to preserve to continue the information revolution that we are living in."
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Digitalisation Interview Series 2023
Dev Lewis on Data Sovereignty and why does it matter
"Every country around the world now is thinking about how they can better govern and regulate data flow of a country and regulate the use of the internet within their boundaries"
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