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Digital policy will be a focal point of the German federal elections in 2017. More than ever, the elections will deal with questions of the digital age: How do we use data purposefully and justly? How should we react to populism and social bots? How can we effectively protect ourselves against cyber attacks? In their attempt to gain electoral votes, the political parties must be prepared to answer these questions.

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The Wahlkompass Digitales (digital election compass) creates transparency by opening up the political parties’ positions on these pressing issues. The HIIG research team analyzed the election programs of six German parties regarding their views on digital policy including work, education, security and health.

This tool illustrates the initiatives and positions of each party in the aforementioned areas of interest and how their positions differ: How do we support digital economy in Germany? Who is committed to more data protection, and who is not? Where do they want to improve digital infrastructure? Which parties commit themselves to the media competency of our children? With this scientific service, interested voters and journalists can better understand which actions the different parties plan to take to address digital policy. Moreover, the project also asks experts to explain the role of specific digital initiatives for these key topics.

Media coverage

Online-Tool vergleicht Programme
Jörg Pohle, Christian Djeffal
Vier Jahre Neuland
Christian Djeffal
Fritz Radio
Hörbar: Wahlkompass Digitales
Nataliia Sokolovska
afk M94.5
Zwischen Phrasen und klarer Haltung
Nataliia Sokolovska
Süddeutsche Zeitung
Welche Partei nimmt den Datenschutz ernst?
Jörg Pohle
Wahlkompass Digitales: Online-Tool vergleicht Programme der Parteien
Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft
Bochumer Zeitung


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Duration07/2017 – 09/2017
SponsorsThe Digitale Wahlkompass is a project of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. Media partner of the project is the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Network partner is media:net Berlin Brandenburg


Jörg Pohle, Dr.

Head of Research Program: Actors, Data and Infrastructures

Former employees

Other publications

Djeffal, C. (2017). Algorithmen, Roboter, smarte Maschinen: Was sagen die Parteien zu künstlicher Intelligenz? Digital Society Blog. Publication details

Pohle, J. (2017). Der Einsatz von Staatstrojanern und die IT-Sicherheit. Digital Society Blog. Publication details

Djeffal, C. (2017). Schafft 15 Digitalministerien. Süddeutsche Zeitung (215), 2. Publication details

Djeffal, C. (2017). Deutschland braucht nicht ein Digitalministerium, sondern viele! Publication details

Djeffal, C. & Baack, S. (2017). Kunde, Zeitungsleser oder Aktivist? BürgerInnen im Kontext der Verwaltungsdigitalisierung. Digital Society Blog. Publication details

Fecher, B. & Sokolovska, N. (2017). Digitale Forschungspolitik. HIIG Digital Society Blog. Publication details

Lectures and presentations

Wahlkompass Digitales
Wahlsalon Berlin. Open Knowledge Foundation. Open Knowledge Foundation, Berlin, Germany: 01.09.2018

Nataliia Sokolovska

Wahlkompass Digitales
Checkpoint bpb - Die Montagsgespräche. Bpb Berlin, Berlin, Germany: 11.09.2017

Nataliia Sokolovska

Wahlkompass Digitales
Wahlsalon in Köln. Open Knowledge Foundation, Köln, Germany: 07.07.2017

Nataliia Sokolovska