Digital Responsibility

Digitalisation leads to new questions in the fields of ethics, law, and responsibility. On the one hand, the internet is expected to be a space for free exchange and interaction. But on the other hand, there is concern about how all the data generated on the internet should be handled. Innovative technologies, such as artificial intelligence, lead to new applications and the need for public discourse that considers the interests and safety of Internet users. In addition, societies have a responsibility to enable participation in digital developments.


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At what point will machines make decisions for us?

Julian Nida-Rümelin, Managing Director at the bidt and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Political Theory at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, explains why machines and algorithms can assist us in automated processes but are incapable of making independent decisions.

The digital divide in developing countries is widening: internet use in this region grew by 200 per cent between 2008 and 2018. However, this positive development has stagnated due to infrastructure factors such as slow or expensive internet access. In many countries, the cost of using mobile data has risen relative to income. As a result, new digital technologies often only benefit those who can already afford internet access.

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Data sovereignty

The idea of data sovereignty encompasses independent control over data at both individual and state level. It emerged against the backdrop of revelations such as those of Edward Snowden and emphasises the importance of competition and innovation to ensure digital sovereignty and avoid potential dependence on US tech giants.

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Felix Freiling

Member of bidt's Board of Directors | Chair of Computer Science 1 (IT Security Infrastructures), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

Dr. Jan Gogoll

Researcher, bidt

Prof. Dr. Dr. Eric Hilgendorf

fmr. Member of bidt's Board of Directors, Chair of the Department of Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Legal Theory, Information and Computer Science Law | Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Julian Nida-Rümelin

Member of bidt's Board of Directors, Professor emeritus of Philosophy and Political Theory | Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich

Prof. Dr. Alexander Pretschner

Chairman of bidt's Board of Directors and the Executive Commitee | Chair of Software & Systems Engineering, Technical University of Munich | Scientific director, fortiss

Klaus Staudacher

Researcher, bidt

Michael Stehling

Research Coordinator, bidt

Dr. Niina Zuber

Researcher, bidt