Category: Blog

Data Economy

Data can be understood as an economic good in its own right, shared and traded much like any other commodity. However, the bold prediction that data would become a ‘new asset class’ has yet to materialise.

The Federal Government’s new digital strategy: The decisive element is still missing

With its digital strategy, the coalition government is following up on previous efforts to coordinate digital policy across ministries. An assessment by Thomas Hess and Christoph Egle.

Data portability pays off: a data portability option improves user perception of online services

A bidt-funded project has investigated how data-sharing options affect the willingness to use and pay for online services.

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…

Working from Home: New Normal for Employees?

What seemed unthinkable a few years ago is now being discussed as the new normal: Since the outbreak of the corona pandemic, many employees are increasingly working from home – and it is already becoming apparent that…

Could mobile internet infrastructure mitigate the regional connectivity gap in Germany?

The uneven provision of digital infrastructure between regions in Germany can hinder digital participation. Using detailed regional data on wired and mobile internet availability, we show that the expansion of mobile data infrastructure…

Fighting fake news on social media: What can be done?

What can be done? Policy makers combat fake news on social media by promoting fact checkers on the one hand and media literacy initiatives on the other. As one example, the European Union, has recently provided significant…

More digital than expected? The 65+ demographic on the Internet

Older people are on the internet almost as often as other age groups, but the type of internet use differs in detail. In addition, the 65+ age group estimates their digital skills to be significantly lower.

MStV proposal by the Federal states: reform plans for public service media platforms with requirements for diversity-enhancing recommendation systems

The legal core of the bidt-funded interdisciplinary project Coding Public Value has taken a stand on the draft of the Media State Treaty (MStV-E). This aims in particular to provide public broadcasting with the legal framework…

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,…