Issues in focus
Sustainability in a digital society
The developments of digitalisation are the greatest technical challenges of our time. At the same time, we must be careful to make our technology and our actions sustainable. Are digitalisation and sustainability opposites? Or can new technologies such as artificial intelligence even contribute to making our lives more sustainable? Is technical progress perhaps even the only answer to climate change? This dossier deals with these questions and offers an overview of the future-friendly development of our digital society.
Making sense of the digital society
Making digitalisation work for the climate
Digitalisation as a solution?
Urban digital infrastructures
Despite the growing global interest in mitigating climate change and in the digital transformation, there is often still a lack of implementation expertise on how these "instruments" can best be...
Philipp Hübl on the characteristics of conspiracy theories the motivation behind their spread, and rational thought as a shield against it.
The Internet, it is often said, provides equal access to knowledge and to markets. It opens up new opportunities for economic success and prosperity in disadvantaged regions or even continents,…
How can technology help organisations to more effectively tackle societal challenges? In this article we introduce the concept of effectiveness in digitalisation, which, we believe, is key to any digitalisation…
An interview with Martin Wimmer How does effective climate protection work and how can we transform towards more sustainable ways of living and making business? AI technologies are increasingly being discussed…
Social Purpose Organisations and Digitalisation: Towards an Inclusive and Sustainable Transformation
Organisations pursuing social and or environmental goals are different from corporations. Rather than maximising on profits, they pursue multiple social, environmental, and economic goals simultaneously. They marshal local, underused resources…
The transfer of research results into functioning innovative business models is an important lever to make Germany a leading AI location. The EXIST funding programs support founders from the university…
What if the entire progress of society depends on the future energy system? At least that’s how visionaries like Jeremy Rifkin argue. The list of challenges posed by the energy…
Modern cities depend largely on invisible infrastructures. The much-hyped ‘Smart Cities’ promise to digitise the urban – but what happens when they fail? How do we make sure that cities…
Anne Ellersiek, Nataliia Sokolovska, Benedikt Fecher: A Case Study on Scientific Policy Advice: Lessons learned from the German Science Platform Sustainability 2030
Over the years, the scholarly debate about communication on the science-policy interface changed fundamentally: from simply regarding scientific advice to policy making as a linear process it shifted towards a transdisciplinary and interactive concept that includes academic experts, political decision-makers, intermediaries and non-academic societal stakeholders.
Miriam Wolf: Social Purpose Organizations and Digitalization: Towards an Inclusive and Sustainable Transformation
Organizations pursuing social and or environmental goals are different from corporations. Rather than maximizing on profits, they pursue multiple social, environmental, and economic goals simultaneously. They marshal local, underused resources and create public goods for society rather than focus on generating private gains. Because of this, we propose, they face specific challenges and opportunities when it comes to the digital transformation.
Prof. Dr. Christian Djeffal: Sustainable Development of Artificial Intelligence (SAID)
Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing our lives. However, it seems to be a solution and a problem at the same time. In order to understand opportunities and risks, to evaluate promises and warnings, we should ask the right questions and choose the right frame of analysis. It is time to think and talk about AI in terms of sustainable development.
Prof. Dr. Matthias Kettemann: Implementing Sustainable Digital Cooperation: Towards Next Generation Internet Governance
We live in the age of „digital interdependence“, says the Final Report of the UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation (HLP.DC). Since the days of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (2002 – 2005) the world has changed. Two decades ago, we discussed the Internet revolution. This was seen more as a technical issue with some political implications.
Matti Große: A Study among German Energy Enthusiasts
The existence of user-innovators in the household sector is undeniable. Prior research provided evidence on the vast scope of product developments by household sector users and documented a large set of individual user-innovator characteristics to explain their behavior. What has largely been neglected as a potential source of user innovation activities are product- and technology-specific factors.
Dr. Anna Hansch, Prof. Dr. Hendrik Send: Crowdsourcing and Climate Change: Applications of Collaborative Information Systems for Monitoring and Response
The causes and effects of climate change are just as varied as the proposed solutions and approaches for dealing with the problem. Given the global character of climate change, comprehensive global cooperation is called for that leads to effective and appropriate international action in accordance with the respective responsibilities. These will inevitably differ depending on the capabilities and the social and economic situations of the respective actors.