These days it’s hard to disconnect from digital life, even temporarily. But Mozilla’s Cathleen Berger argues we should give more thought to how we can do that and control the personal data that companies are harvesting.
Joined a panel with Léa Steinacker (Wirtschaftswoche), Dr. Christoph Beier (GIZ), MD Miguel Berger (Federal Foreign Office) to discuss the potential for developing an international digital agenda.
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.
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.
Inequality is one of the defining challenges of our time. The open Web can help to reduce inequality – social, political, economic and gender – and drive progress. But increasing centralisation and control online threatens to consolidate power in the hands of a few, largely unaccountable, gatekeepers and leave the rest of us behind. That is why we must find ways to combat these trends, in order to protect the open Web as a public good and preserve and enhance its equalising power among women and men, among the rich and poor. The panel will explore concrete initiatives to ensure that the web remains for everyone and how ordinary citizens can join and contribute to those.
Panel with Melanie Dulong de Rosnay, Renata Avila, and Thomas Lohninger.
Am 12. Januar 2017 habe ich auf Einladung zum GIZ-Mitarbeitertag der Gruppe Governance und Menschenrechte in Bonn diesen Vortrag als Denkanstoß gehalten und anschließend diskutiert.
Demokratie funktioniert nur dann, wenn sie von informierten, mündigen Bürgern getragen wird. 2016 war in diesem Sinne kein leichtes und schon gar kein euphorisches Jahr: Brexit, Trump, die Flüchtlingskrise und vor allem der wachsende, weltweite Populismus — der uns auch 2017 mit den anstehenden Wahlen in Frankreich, den Niederlanden und Deutschland auf Trab halten wird.
Dear International Decision-Makers and Development Practitioners,
This is how you protect human rights while dealing with the alluring ideas of Zero-Rating.