We promote exchange about
the future of the digital society

How will humans and machines work together in the future? What challenges will be brought on by artificial intelligence? Where does Germany stand regarding digitalisation compared to the global competition? The digital transformation raises questions that will affect every individual as well as society as a whole.

Through the blog, the bidt provides a forum for researchers from various disciplines and experts from practice to exchange ideas on the topic of digital transformation.


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1608, 2022

Blog: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Technical and Legal Hurdles in GDPR Compliance of Software Systems


Companies developing software systems need to assure compliance with personal data protection norms. This blog post elaborates on the legal and technological aspects of software system compliance, and specifically focuses on the cornerstone notion of ‘anonymous data’.

511, 2021

Blog: Digital Technology Adoption by German Firms: Uncovering the Metadata of the ifo Business Climate Index


The ifo Business Climate Index is often referred to as a representative study, investigating inter alia German companies’ digitisation progress. The Data collected attracts a great deal of media attention in Germany. However, the survey’s metadata, which is a rich source of information about companies and their behaviour, has so far received little public or academic attention.

2307, 2021

Blog: Digitalisation Research and Network Meeting


DigiMeet took place virtually on 10 June 2021 with the topic “sustainability in digital transformation: charting new terrain, exploring tensions.” The main purpose of this interdisciplinary event was to provide a forum for early career researchers with a focus on digitalisation-related topics and to inaugurate a collaboration between Weizenbaum Institut, CAIS and bidt.

507, 2021

Nudge Units and Data-driven Nudging


Nudging as a global trend has been used in the past years to face intractable policy problems. It is considered as particularly useful when conventional policy tools based on hard economic incentives and strict legal requirements have failed. The trend is ongoing, especially since policy makers become interested in using digital tools to influence behaviour.

1606, 2021

Citizen Science goes virtual – digitalisation as a boom in participatory science?


Ordinary citizens involvement in scientific research should not be taken as a matter of course. Nevertheless, the history of science has over time seen various forms of civil society participation, including Citizen Science (CS), which is currently expanding not only on a scientific level, but also within political and social spheres.

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