Digital technologies have the potential to unfold a new Renaissance for humanity and for the planet or else to destroy them. At our third digital Conference Ethics and Digitalization on 25 November 2021, at 2 – 7 pm, we shall be asking how the digitalization of society can be used for the good of humanity and the planet and exploring some practical examples from research, business, politics and civic engagement.
For some time now, many of the visions associated with the digitalization narrative have been unsettling and dystopian. These fears have been deliberately fostered by political players who food social media platforms with misleading content, attracting followers and even manipulating elections. Populists, dictators and fundamentalists are using cutting-edge technological applications to control people and build their own consensus. They spread reactionary ideologies in which scientifc insights, ethical principles and democratic values play no part. These characters are increasingly active in cyberspace, threatening and sometimes silencing the companies, organisations and activists they have marked as enemies. They are even prepared to cripple the infrastructure of – democratic – countries if it helps to strengthen their geopolitical influence.
Europe has taken initial steps to regulate the tech giants and to protect data and privacy and is working to build on these measures. Cybersecurity to stop hackers is being stepped up in order to protect the democratic order and our citizens. Freedom and transparency on the Internet must be guaranteed, social inequality countered, green growth enhanced and gendered innovation advanced. NextGenerationEU, the post-pandemic recovery plan drawn up by the EU Commission, is geared towards fundamental macroeconomic principles, productivity, justice and environmental sustainability. The action plans adopted by member states must, therefore, contribute to a green, digital, sustainable recovery. In this way, Europe can facilitate ecological innovation and economic prosperity and inspire other countries.
Many institutions, companies and social sectors are already open to solutions of this kind and want to see protection for the environmental, democratic, humanist values on which the EU was founded extended to the digital sphere. Digitalization must also take a form that offers equal opportunities to men and women. By examining the ethics of digitalization, we can not only assess the consequences but also – and far more importantly – design and implement the future digitalization of our society to ensure that it is fair.
Programme (in progress)
14:00 – 14:15 Dr. Clara Mavellia – Cultural Entrepreneurship Institute Berlin (Deutschland)
14:15 – 14:30 Prof. Carlo Giupponi – Venice International University (Italia)
14:30 – 14:50 Prof. Fiorella Battaglia – Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Deutschland)
14:50 – 15:00 Alex de Vries – Digiconomist (Netherlands)
15:00 – 15:20 Prof. Ruth Hagengruber – Universität Paderborn (Deutschland)
15:20 – 15:30 Daniela Ducato – Industrie Verdi Edizero Architecture for Peace (Italia)
15:30 – 15:50 Prof. Riccardo Pozzo – Università Tor Vergata, Roma (Italia)
15:50 – 16:00 Yuliya Salauyova – Razam – Balarusische Gemeinschaft (Deutschland)
16:00 – 16:20 Prof. Carla Bagnoli – Università Modena e Reggio Emilia (Italia)
16:20 – 16:40 Matthias Rumpf – Deputy Head OECD Berlin (Deutschland)
16:40 – 16:50 Cristina Aranda – mujerestech (Spain)
16:50 – 17:00 Jutta Shaik – Omas gegen Rechts – Grandmas against Far Right (Deutschland)
17:00 – 17:20 Prof. Doris Weßels – Fachhochschule Kiel (Deutschland)
17:20 – 17:30 Edith Wolf – well.come.back (Deutschland)
17:30 – 18:00 Prof Mariarosaria Taddeo – Keynote – Oxford University (UK)
18:45 – 19:00 Dr. Clara Mavellia closing words
You can follow the event live on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ceberlin/videos
In the event of inquiries get in touch with Dr. Clara Mavellia, Director Cultural Entrepreneurship Institute Berlin: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cultural Entrepreneurship Institute Berlin promotes humanism as an innovative and economically productive force in business.We promote ethical principles in industry and politics, and entrepreneurial skills for people engaged in cultural activity. Our inspiration comes from the intersection between different disciplines and sectors, combining existing concepts to generate outstanding new ideas (Medici effect). These ideas can only be implemented properly and sustainably if students and trainees and interested members of the public have free access to information about them. To this end, we hold international, interdisciplinary conferences bringing together eminent academics, exemplary entrepreneurs and committed men and women from all walks of life. These speakers pursue their commitment with expertise and passion. We record their contributions and post them on ceberlin, the YouTube channel of the Cultural Entrepreneurship Institute. We produce humanist focused digital contents for business, human life and artificial intelligence and support gendered innovation. Humanist values are independent of religion and serve our common good. They need a voice. Ethics are an inexhaustible resource that ensure certain and lasting returns for human society and for the environment. Humanism (ethics) is the foundation of economic, ecological and emotional prosperity, enabling us and future generations to lead a good life and unleashing a global renaissance.