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 protection

The concept of self-determination with regard to personal data, decided by the Federal Constitutional Court in a census ruling in 1983, is at the heart of data protection laws in Germany. Today, these laws are part of EU law, with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) being the first attempt at general regulation at the European level. The aim is to enable individuals to decide who receives or processes their data and protect them from the unlimited collection, storage, use and transfer of personal data.

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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 University Erlangen-Nuremberg

Dr. Jan Gogoll

Researcher, bidt

Prof. Dr. Dr. Eric Hilgendorf

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 University Wuerzburg

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

Member of bidt's Board of Directors, Professor emeritus of Philosophy and Political Theory | Ludwig-Maximilians University 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 "Digital Humanism", bidt

Michael Stehling

Research Coordinator, bidt

Dr. Niina Zuber

Researcher, bidt