In 2017, Germany made international headlines as a potential new “free speech sheriff” when the parliament passed the “Act to improve the enforcement of the law in social networks”, or in German “NetzDG”, on June 30. The law entered into force on October 1, 2017 and requires affected platforms to be compliant by January 1, 2018.
The United Nations General Assembly just held its 72nd session in New York City. Leaders from all over the world were in town, including representatives from the 193 UN governments, as well as businesses and civil society. Apart from the main UNGA, there were plenty of other high-level gatherings organised in the margins — several of these focusing on the future of online life and digital technologies.
National elections in September 2017. All things come to a halt; political attention is directed towards campaigning. Not so in Germany these days. In a flurry of decisions, Germany has been busy shaping a comprehensive digital agenda — with an increasing number of global implications.
Robotics, self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, human-implanted sensors and so much more that most of us can’t even picture yet: Technological developments have changed our ways of life. And they will continue to do so, with consequences that are difficult to anticipate. Nobody knows what the world is going to look like in 10 years. But aren’t we all curious?
In the last couple of years conversations about diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity have slowly made it onto the agendas of almost every tech conference and debate about the digital society worldwide. My main lesson: we have to be tactical and strategic about our endeavours — only if we address the challenges in a comprehensive manner will we be able to make a change.
2017 wird kein leichtes Jahr. Europa steht mit den Wahlen in den Niederlanden, Frankreich und Deutschland sowie den Verhandlungen um den Brexit vor einer Zerreißprobe. Und Donald Trump wird bald als 45. Präsident der USA vereidigt. Deutschland kommt damit auf der globalen Bühne immer stärker eine Führungsrolle zu.
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Cathleen Berger explores how giant data-driven companies are challenging old ideas about power and accountability, and what should be done about it.
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After almost 5 years, it’s finally happened. Today the European Parliament (EP) signed off without rejections on the EU’s new data protection package.
Negotiated in countless sessions between Commission, Council and Parliament, it includes the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Directive for the police and criminal justice sector, replacing legislation written when computers were running Windows ’95 and global internet penetration stood at around 1%.