Digital Development Debates
VeranstaltungsortSpektrum im Spree-Palais
Digital Development Debates 2018: Germany, a digitally less developed country?
Paying with a mobile phone, free Wi-Fi in public transport or online access to government services - what other countries have been offering for years is far from nationwide implementation in Germany. Why are we lagging behind? What are the reasons for Germany’s slow pace digital development?
Be it in education, in infrastructure or in digital policy structures – even after years of embarrassingly low ranks OECD reports for one of Europe's richest countries, Germany is still by many seen as too hesitant.
In connection with the INFORMATIK 2018 conference in Berlin you are invited to attend a two-day conference about the current state of digitalization in Germany. We have invited speakers from Brazil, Rwanda and China to learn about digital strategies that have received international attention and recognition. And we hope they can offer some inspiration for Germany’s digital development pathway.
On Thursday afternoon, September 27, 2018 we will open the conference at 4 p.m. (16:00 Uhr) with a keynote by Luana Lund from Brazil, followed by a panel discussion on Internet Governance.
The following day, September 28, 2018, will consist of two more keynotes, followed by a workshop session that aims map out some of the lessons learned by our international guests and define potential action items for Germany.
Please have a look at the schedule (»Programm«).
The conference language will be in English, entrance is free.
Please register at https://www.eventbrite.de/e/digital-development-debates-germany-tickets-47885057496 by September 20 to make sure that we have enough chairs and pretzels available.
About the Speakers
Luana Lund is Deputy Director for Digital Transformation Policies and General-Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTIC). She has experience on the design of important Brazilian normative frameworks for the digital environment, such as the Civil Rights Framework for the Internet (Marco Civil da Internet), the Strategy for Digital Transformation (E-Digital) and the Personal Data Protection Law.
Sreekanth Mukku is studying public policy at the Willy Brandt School, specialising in European Public Policy and Digitalisation. His previous experience includes 14 years of advising some of the leading multinational corporations like IBM, Oracle and Deloitte Consulting on their emerging markets growth and expansion strategies. In his 6-year stint with IBM, his work primarily focused on the evolution of digital paradigm, and start-up led digital ecosystem in India. Sreekanth has an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from India.
Dev Lewis manages the Digital Asia Hub’s digital activities, including social media, the website and production of the newsletter. His research interests include internet governance and the digital economy in the Chinese and Indian context. Dev has an International Relations degree from Roger Williams University and speaks fluent Mandarin, having spent 2 years studying in Shanghai and Zhengzhou. He frequently writes for several regional publications and think tanks, and spent two years at Gateway House, a foreign policy think tank in Mumbai, where he performed a similar role.
Didier Nkurikiyimfura is the Director of Technology and Innovation at the Smart Africa Secretariat. In his current position, Didier is in charge of developing a sustainable Technology and Innovation ecosystem in Smart Africa Member States collaboration with Governments, private sector, academia and a wide range of stakeholders and partners. He currently oversees the implementation of strategic initiatives such as the free roaming initiative (also know as the One Africa Network project), increasing affordability and accessibility of Internet in Africa and the Smart Africa scholarship fund.
Thursday 27. September 2018
@Spreepalais, Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Str. 2 (map)
16:00: Opening Keynote: »The Brazilian Framework for Information Society«, Luana Lund, Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTIC) – Brazil.
17:00 Impulse: »Internet-Governance in Germany 1990-2018«, Sreekanth Mukku, Willy-Brandt-School of Public Policy – Erfurt / India.
17:15 Joint Panel: Responsibility and Governance in the Digital Realm
- Luana Lund Borges de Carvalho (Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications, Brazil).
- MinR Dr. Rudolf Gridl (Bundeswirtschaftsministerium, Referat Internet Governance und internationaler Digital-Dialog)
- Didier Nkurikiyimfura, smartafrica.org, Rwanda.
- Dev Lewis, Digital Asia Hub, Hongkong, China.
- Dr. Stefan Schiffner (Université du Luxembourg).
- Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz (Hans Bredow Institut Hamburg).
Moderated by Prof. Dr. Debora Weber-Wulff (HTW Berlin)
18:30 End of Discussion
20:00: Film Screening »The Cleaners«, OV with English Subtitles at the Kino Central.
Friday, 28. September 2018
@March-Building, Marchstr. 23 (map)
09:00: German Breakfast
09:30: German Informatics Society: Digital Development Debates 2018. An Agenda.
10:00: Keynote Speech Dev Lewis, Digital Asia Hub, Hongkong, China.
China’s AI Silver Bullet Solution Approach
China is in the midst of a whole-of-society undertaking to make an AI-powered economic leapfrog. Tech companies, together with the Government, are developing and deploying new technologies across industries, constructing new policies and laws, and building ecosystems to attract the best talent. China’s approach to governance, privacy, and ethics, differ significantly from Western democracies and how the technology develops in China needs to be better understood.
10:45: Keynote Speech Didier Nkurikiyimfura, smartafrica.org, Rwanda.
11:30: Keynote: "Digital Islands: India’s Uneven Tech Growth Story", Sreekanth Mukku, Willy-Brandt-School of Public Policy, Erfurt / India.
12:15: Lunch Break
13:00 - 15:00: Parallel Workshops
|Brazil: Governmental Internet Policies|
With Luana Lund and Stefan Ullrich (Weizenbaum Institute)
|Rwanda: smartafrica: Transnational Initiatives on Digitalisation|
With Didier Nkurikiyimfura and Tilman Schieber (German Informatics Society)
|China: Digital Asia Hub: Answers from the Civil Society|
With Dev Lewis and Melanie Stilz (Konnektiv)
15:15: Closing Remarks