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#BTW17 – Germany goes digital?

How parties envision the process of digitalisation is becoming a more important factor in the fight for political power. Various online tools shed light on the opaque party election programs in order to discuss important questions: how do parties view AI, how do they want to manage the digitisation of administration and how does digitalisation change the way scientific research is funded?

Articles in this Dossier

State hacking and IT security

It is a widely held belief that freedom and security are antagonists. This blog post addresses an issue where freedom and security are on the same side: IT security, especially...

About tested campaign promises and burst bubbles

Before the elections in Germany different voting advice applications appeared . Many of those online tools are purely informative, other tools like the Wahl-o-mat show the user’s political proximity to...

Customer, reader or activist? Citizens in the process of digitising government

The party platforms for the German general election 2017 agree on one point: Public administration ought to be digitised. Yet, the views differ on what is to be achieved by...

How significant is algorithmic personalization in searches for political parties and candidates? Part II

Of the many things we do online, search is probably the most common. Beyond messaging, entertainment, shopping, and a myriad of other activities, utilizing search engines, such as Google, to...

Digital research politics

Digitalisation changes science and research. This simple insight is also present in the programs of German parties, although not to the same extent and with different foci. Which German parties...

Algorithms, robots and smart machines: How German parties deal with AI

Will it be necessary in the future to have the algorithms of your digital assistants checked by state authorities? This might depend on the results of the German parliamentary election...

How significant is algorithmic personalization in searches for political parties and candidates?

Of the many things we do online, search is probably the most common. Beyond messaging, entertainment, shopping, and a myriad of other activities, utilizing search engines, such as Google, to...