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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.