Ger­man-French Friend­ship in Dig­i­tal­iza­tion Pol­i­cy

The Forum +33/49 is a Fran­co-Ger­man plat­form for exchang­ing expe­ri­ences, ideas and strate­gies in the realm of dig­i­tal­iza­tion pol­i­cy. The chal­lenges of dig­i­tal­iza­tion shall be faced togeth­er, on the basis of shared Euro­pean val­ues.

Fran­co-Ger­man Co-oper­a­tion

Ger­many and France are firm­ly in the grip of dig­i­tal­iza­tion. It is chang­ing all areas of life, and is bring­ing with it oppor­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges which, in our net­worked world, have to be addressed col­lec­tive­ly. Ger­many and France are impor­tant for a dig­i­tal­ized Europe. An inten­sive exchange of knowl­edge as well as a strate­gic and struc­tur­al col­lab­o­ra­tion between the two nations would mean tak­ing big steps towards a dig­i­tal age that is shaped by Euro­pean val­ues. For this rea­son, the French Nation­al Dig­i­tal Coun­cil (Con­seil Nation­al du Numérique – CNNum) and the iRights.Lab in Ger­many are dri­ving a close and mul­ti­fac­eted pro­gramme of col­lab­o­ra­tion. One out­come of this pro­gramme is the Forum +33/49.

The name Forum +33/49 has a triple sym­bol­ism. First of all, the num­bers 33 and 49 are the coun­try dialling codes for France and Ger­many. Sec­ond­ly, they are a sym­bol for direct dia­logue – as in a long-dis­tance call between these coun­tries. Final­ly, mod­ern com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies which are involved in dig­i­tal­iza­tion are his­tor­i­cal­ly based on tele­phone infra­struc­ture. Hence the top­ics of the dis­cus­sions are hint­ed at in the name: the suc­cess­ful dig­i­tal­iza­tion of the Ger­man-French tan­dem.

Open­ing Event for the Forum +33/49

The first Forum +33/49 took place on 29th July 2016 in Berlin and marked the start of a series of Ger­man-French con­sul­ta­tions on polit­i­cal and social top­ics in the con­text of dig­i­tal­iza­tion.

This event brought togeth­er mem­bers of the French CCNum and iRights.Lab with dif­fer­ent experts and pol­i­cy-mak­ers from the world of dig­i­tal­iza­tion, in a dis­cus­sion event in Berlin. It was made pos­si­ble with the sup­port from the Friedrich Ebert Foun­da­tion. The event was only the start of a deep­er process of exchange regard­ing many dif­fer­ent dig­i­tal pol­i­cy-relat­ed ques­tions in the two coun­tries.

The book­let for the intro­duc­to­ry dis­cus­sion of the Forum +33/49 (PDF, ~0.5MB, German/​French) can be down­loaded here.