Publications on the subject of innovation


Digital sovereignty

A new key concept of digital policy in Germany and Europe

Digital sovereignty is often used in political discourses. However, a common or at least consistent understanding of what is meant by this or what its associated requirements are, has yet to emerge. Our author Dr. Julia Pohle has broken down and classified the various meanings in this research paper.

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Climate Performance of the G7 States

CO2 Productivity as a Benchmark

How to best reconcile climate protection and economic interests and how should we assess the climate performance of a country from this point fo view? In order be able to answer these questions, we propose to take into account the CO2 productivity as a key influencing variable. Our comparison of the G7 countries shows why this approach is sensible.

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China's Approach to Cyber Sovereignty

Cyber sovereignty: China's strategic concept for its rise as a global digital power

In a short period of time, China has succeeded in becoming one of the world's leading digital powers. As a result, a hard-fought competition for innovation leadership in digital technologies has broken out between the USA and China. competition also has significant consequences for Europe. In light of this development, a deeper understanding of Chinese digital and technology policy is becoming increasingly important. To develop this much needed knowledge, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung presents a new study that analyzes China's strategic concept of cyber sovereignty and discusses its implications.

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Carbon border adjustment mechanism: Tax or tariff for the climate?

How can the EU enforce more stringent climate targets and at the same time prevent industry from migrating?

The EU is planning to introduce a carbon border adjustment mechanism. The background to this is the more stringent climate targets and concerns that industry could migrate. But how to design such an adjustment mechanism? Our Facts & Findings presents three options and discusses the respective advantages and disadvantages of these instruments.

From Principle to Paradigm

AI and ethics in concrete application contexts

The technical development of artificial Intelligence is progressing. The call for the evaluation and regulation of intelligent algorithms from an ethical point of view is getting louder. But where to start? Our author Antonio Bikiæ analyses the problem giving three examples and suggests the use of the precautionary principle.


Climate Change, Digitisation and Globalisation – does the Social Market Economy need Renewal?

Origins and current challenges

The Social Market Economy has proven to be a stable and successful economic and social order. Yet climate change, digitisation and globalisation pose current challenges. Does the Social Market Economy need renewal? Our Facts & Findings looks at its origins and seeks to answer this question.

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Digital Cooperation – An Opportunity to Advance Sustainable Development

In today’s complex digital world, we see enormous advantages of digital technologies, which will play an increasingly important role in sustainable development in the coming years. Of course, we are also experiencing risks and challenges in the rapid development of these technologies. These challenges can no longer be met by individual organisations or countries. Instead, the answer to these challenges depends on cooperation between different groups, sectors, stakeholders, and countries.

"Wir haben alle digital dazugelernt, insofern kann diese Krise auch eine Chance sein"

Ein Interview mit Bundesministerin Julia Klöckner

Teil der Interview-Reihe "Krise als Chance"

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,,Wir wurden mit Anfragen überrannt“

#KASkonkret_03: Welche Chancen bietet die Krise der (Tele-)Medizin?

Das Start-up Teleclinic profitiert von der Coronakrise, weil Arztbesuche im Internet normaler werden. Ein Gespräch mit der Gründerin Katharina Jünger über das Geschäftsmodell, den Datenschutz und die Zukunft.


Artificial Intelligence, 5G and the Future Balance of Power

Artificial Intelligence, 5G and Quantum computing will profoundly change our human interactions. These technologies will become the most important emerging advancements in the next 10 to 20 years. Our current world order is already challenged by rising powers with these technologies and it is crucial for Germany and the EU to improve their global competitiveness and tap into the vast potential of AI, 5G and big data. Thus, geopolitical and economic supremacy will be determined by those powers who manage AI and 5G.

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