The iRights.Lab organised a ten-month project on behalf of the German Institute for Internet Confidentiality and Security (DIVSI) in order to determine whether or not Germany needs a digital codex. The study aimed to clear up whether in an increasingly digitalized society, social norms require new rules which need not necessarily derive from legislation. One part of the process was the public launch event on 4 July 2013 in Munich.
Our behaviour at work and in leisure time was fundamentally changed by the internet. We are spending more and more time online and we have direct access to new structures, possibilities and ways of thinking. But what is not yet clear is how long-developed social and ethical behaviours will fare in the transition from the offline world into the online one. Or, to put it another way: Does Germany need a digital codex?
DIVSI engaged the independent think tank iRights.Lab to answer this question, by means of consultations with experts in the fields of data protection, internet governance, political education, work, constitutional law and the economy, as well as undertaking surveys of internet users and public events.
The public discussion was launched at the event “Everyone Does What They Want Online – Responsibility in the Digital World” on Thursday 4 July 2013 in Munich’s Oberangertheater. Matthias Kammer, Director of the German Institute for Internet Confidentiality and Security (Deutsches Institut für Vertrauen und Sicherheit im Internet, DIVSI), and Philipp Otto, Founder and Executive Director of the iRights.Lab, spoke alongside Dr. Jeanette Hofmann, Founder and Director of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), and Timo Greger, a speaker at the Bavarian State Council of Schools on “Responsibility as the Basis of Internet Policy?” and “My Digital Life”.
The following panel discussion, “Who is Responsible in the Digital World?”; saw a debate between:
- Tatjana Halm, HEad of divison market and law at the Verbraucherzentrale Bayern
- Under-Secretary Franz-Josef Pschierer, Deputy for IT in the Bavarian State Government
- Stefan Plöchinger, Chief Online Editor, Süddeutsche Zeitung
- Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Johannes Buchmann, Director of the Centre for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED) and Chair of Cryptography at Darmstadt Technical University