Digital Society

Digital transformation is changing us on a societal level. Artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things or Big Data are synonyms for changes in how we communicate, work and organise ourselves –the transformation of how we live together as a society. We are striving to understand how we experience these changes in specific areas of our lives and to define what it takes for us, as a society, to embrace digitalisation successfully.


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Common good and digitalisation

Digitalisation, focusing on the common good, does not happen by accident. It is created by all of us in a shared effort, with the help of digital innovations that improve our daily lives. Valerie Mocker, the founder of Wingwoman, in her keynote speech at „For..Net Symposiums“, puts forward an appeal for participation.

Digitalisation in Germany – a topic that doesn’t get enough attention

This is the result of the bidt-SZ-Digitalbarometer: 32 per cent of the representative surveys’ participants state that the issue receives significantly too little attention. For a further 29 per cent, it was somewhat too little. A fascinating snapshot of the state of digital transformation in Germany.

The results of a recent bidt survey show how pronounced digital skills are in Germany and the comparison countries. The digital skills gap in Germany is particularly wide: in no other country are digital skills so dependent on gender and age. In particular, the digital skills of older people, women and those with lower incomes in Germany are in some cases significantly behind the comparison groups in other countries.

Internet of Things

The expression Internet of Things (IoT) summarises a variety of connected devices used in private households and the industry sector. In everyday life, this might be the live tracking of parcels via GPS or smartphone apps to operate heating systems. Apart from the apparent efficiencies and process automation, the IoT also provokes discussion about data security and potential vulnerabilities in access to control systems.

In Focus



12 March 2024
Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union (Marstall building)

More digital literacy for Europe in times of generative AI




Kevin Altmann

Researcher, bidt

Ulrike Mendel

Researcher Think Tank, bidt

Prof. Dr. Ute Schmid

Member of bidt's Board of Directors and the Executive Commitee | Member of the Bavarian AI Council | Head of Cognitive Systems Group, University of Bamberg

Antonia Schlude

Researcher Think Tank, bidt

Dr. Roland A. Stürz

Head of Think Tank, bidt

Christian Stumpf

Researcher Think Tank, bidt

Dr. Andreas Wenninger

Research Coordinator, bidt