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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

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.

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 topics of European Digital Single Market, data economy, artificial intelligence (AI) and the relationship between regulatory policy and digitalisation are just as much in focus as the influence on political communication, democracy and the media.


Data Policy and 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

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.


Thinking 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.

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

European Data Summit Titelbild Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e. V.


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

Quantencomputer und deren Bedeutung für unsere Gesellschaft Adobe Stock / Bartek Wróblewski


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

Künstliche Intelligenz KAS


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

Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

KI und Menschenrechte


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

Was die DSGVO braucht: Kohärente Umsetzung und innovative Instrumente


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

Titelbild Open Data


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

Dare to be Strong and Different KAS


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

Grafik zum Thema 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

Publications to the topic

Bundeswehr der Zukunft - Verantwortung und Künstliche Intelligenz Logo KAS
Bundeswehr der Zukunft
Verantwortung und Künstliche Intelligenz
Skyline of Seoul Pexels / 정 규송 Nui MALAMA
Digitale Verwaltung in Korea – mit gutem Beispiel voran
Verwaltungsmodernisierung auf hohem Niveau
Digitalisierung im Bereich Deutsch als Zweitsprache (Symbolbild) AdobeStock/pressmaster
Digitalisierung im Bereich Deutsch als Zweitsprache
Der Ukraine-Krieg und die Gefahr weiterer pandemischer Unterrichtsausfälle zeigen die Dringlichkeit des Themas Digitalisierung im DaZ-Sprachunterricht
Inteligencia artificial en Latinoamérica
Artificial intelligence in Latin America
Enquête sur la perception des services digitali sés de ladministration publique 260922_Page_01
Perception des entreprises privées des services digitalisés de l’administration publique tunisienne?
Plus de 80% des entreprises considèrent que l’administration publique est une barrière au développement des PME.
Taiwan (2)
Data Innovations and Digital Democracy
COVID-19 Technological Epidemic Prevention and Digital Data Governance in Taiwan
Marktplatz Digitale Bildung Adobe Stock / Gorodenkoff
Marktplatz digitale Bildung
Rahmenbedingungen für einen Marktplatz digitaler Bildungsangebote im schulischen Bereich
ITU Council elections
Map of the Month 09/2022
Data Innovations and Challenges in South Korea
From Legislative Innovations for Big Data to Battling COVID-19
Data Security, Privacy and Innovation Capability in Asia
Case Studies
Smart Cities and Data Privacy Concerns in Japan
Muneo Kaigo & Natalie Pang
Data and Innovations in India
Through the Lenses of Health and Finance
Reframing AI Governance: Perspectives from Asia
Single Publication
WTO Seeseite KAS Genf
Geneva Telegram – WTO gives clear life sign at Ministerial Conference
The "Geneva Telegram" explores events in Geneva-based multilateral organisations on a current topic. This time, the focus is on the 12th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Or...
Bitcoin pixabay / Pete Linforth
Indien 4.0
Der Aufstieg der digitalen Rupie und die Gefahren eines unregulierten Kryptomarktes
digitale Formen
Auf dem Weg zur digitalen Selbstbestimmung?
Europa hat die Konsequenzen seiner digitalen Abhängigkeit noch kaum erkannt
Monitor Wohnen 2 pexels/ Thirdman
Mit Modernisierung und Digitalisierung Wohnungsbau fördern
Unsere Analyse diskutiert drei Lösungsansätze, wie man die Hemmnisse bei der Bildung von Wohneigentum überwinden kann.
Emojis Beitrag Rebane (selbst erstellte Datei, daher kein Urheberschutzvermerk angegeben)
Zeichen der Zeit 😈 oder frohe Botschafter 😇 ?
Emojis im Drei-Generationen-Gespräch
Vera King Gestaltung: StanHema
Neue Matrix des Zusammenlebens
Die Folgen der Digitalisierung für Kultur und Psyche
Mehr als Technik
Ein Plädoyer für die digitale Transformation von Parteien

Events on the topic



"The Matrix"
Geschichten aus dem digitalen Gefängnis



Willkommen im Local Limited Web? - Technologie und Forschung als geostrategisches Instrument
Themenreihe "Am Ende der Fahnenstange? - Perspektiven zur Zukunft der internationalen Kooperation"



Transformation der deutschen Wirtschaft: Welche Rahmenbedingungen benötigen wir für ihre Gestaltung?
Gesprächskreis Soziale Marktwirtschaft der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung für Nachwuchskräfte aus dem (vor-)politischen Raum



75 Jahre Israel
Von Herzl zu Hightech

Event reports on the topic

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
Nachrichten auf WhatsApp Pixabay
Cybermobbing, WhatApp-Stress & Co.
Wie schützen wir unsere Kinder und wo erhalten Jugendliche Hilfe?
Spiel Dich gesund! Pixabay
Spiel dich gesund! Wie Computerspiele in der Pflege helfen können.
Jason Chumtong und Wiebke Winter Gerrit Wilcke und Gottfried Schwarz (v.l.n.r)
kas-kompakt "Künstliche Intelligenz: Chancen und Risiken"
Online-Veranstaltung mit Jason Chumtong und Wiebke Winter
Bargeld Pixabay
Bargeld und was noch?
Der Zahlungsverkehr der Zukunft und seine Folgen für Wirtschaft, Politik und Gesellschaft
MESCHMASCH - das Online-Portal zu Künstlicher Intelligenz und Robotik Constanze Brinckmann / Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.
Die Zukunft von KI gestalten
Über die Analyse der Potenziale und Schwächen Europas im Bereich KI
Deep Fake Soryn,
Deep Fake: Gefahren, Herausforderungen und Lösungswege

Media library

Digitaler Dependenz Index
Digitale Autonomie in der EU "kaum mehr als eine Illusion"
Deutschlandfunk Nova greift unsere neue Studie zur Abhängigkeit der Digitalwirtschaft auf.
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Pfarrer Bodo Ries über Digitalisierung und Teilhabe im Gemeindeleben
Wir haben Pfarrer Bodo Ries zu einem Interview getroffen und wollten u. a. wissen, ob die Innovationen der Digitalisierung auch nachhaltig in der Gemeinde wirken.
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European Data Summit 2021
THE GDPR – The law of unintended consequences
Implementing and complementing it or fixing it? View our discussion on the GDPR at the European Data Summit 2021.
European Data Summit 2021
Interview with Francesco Bonfiglio, CEO GAIA-X AISBL
Francesco is determined to set with the GAIA-X the future cloud rulebook for the world. We met him after his keynote at the European Data Summit 2021 for a short interview.
European Data Summit 2021
Interview with Dr. Tommaso Valletti, Professor of Economics Imperial College London
Valletti specialized in industrial economics, regulation, and competition economics. We met him after his keynote at the European Data Summit 2021 for a short interview.
European Data Summit 2021
Interview with Dr. Markus Richter, Federal CIO German Government
Dr Markus Richter is State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and Federal Chief Information Officer of the German Government.
European Data Summit 2021
Interview with Dr. Johnny Ryan, Senior Fellow ICCL / Open Markets Institute
Ryan is focused on surveillance, data rights, competition/anti-trust, and privacy. We met him after his keynote at the European Data Summit 2021 for a short interview.
Juliane Liebers
European Data Summit 2021
Recordings of the European Data Summit 2021
Wide range of topics: From data use by government agencies to the "blind spots" of the GDPR - The playlist of all videos for the European Data Summit 2021 can be found here.
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AI in medicine
The Charité's AI strategy
AI in medical treatment and as an elementary tool for digitalisation - a conversation with Martin Peuker, CIO of Charité (only in German).
AI Made in Europe
Aleph Alpha: AI research from Europe
Jonas Andrulis, CEO of Aleph Alpha, explains in the expert video how AI research from Europe secures European sovereignty in the digital space (only in German).