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.


With a score of 74,4, Bavaria is currently in fifth position in Germany’s digitalisation ranking Deutschland-Index der Digitalisierung, but has been continuously working its way up the ranking for years. However, the city-states Hamburg, Berlin and Bremen remain the frontrunners since the ranking was first published in 2017. The Deutschland-Index der Digitalisierung summarises relevant indicators for digitalisation in Germany on a state level and allows the monitoring of the digital transformation by region.

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






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, Otto-Friedrich University 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