Dig­i­tal Trans­for­ma­tion: “Our Dig­i­tal Per­son­al­i­ty Online”

Nowadys, almost every­one is online. Increas­ing­ly, cre­ation of infor­ma­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and enter­tain­ment all take place in the net. What influ­ence is this hav­ing on us as peo­ple? How does it change our com­mu­ni­ca­tion habits? And what influ­ence does that have on our soci­ety?

These ques­tions and more were dealt with at the 6 Novem­ber 2015 event “Our Dig­i­tal Per­son­al­i­ty Online” in Beijing’s 798 cul­tur­al dis­trict.

The par­tic­i­pants were:

  • Prof. Dr. Chris­t­ian Hoff­mann, Insti­tute of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Media Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Leipzig
  • Kaiser Kuo, (then) direc­tor of Inter­na­tion­al Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the Chi­nese search engine oper­a­tor Baidu,
  • Alex Chen, co-founder and direc­tor of Cakeshop Con­sult­ing
  • Felix Lee, China cor­re­spon­dent in Bei­jing for “taz”, “Zeit Online”, Funke Media group etc.

The event was a part of the dis­cus­sion series “Per­spec­tives on the Dig­i­tal Trans­for­ma­tion”, set up by the Goethe Insti­tute China and curat­ed by Philipp Otto, Founder and Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the iRights.Lab. The series looked at dif­fer­ences and sim­i­lar­i­ties in the approach­es to dig­i­tal­iza­tion taken in China, Europe and the USA. The goal was not only to dis­cov­er new infor­ma­tion, but also to cre­ate mutu­al under­stand­ing regard­ing the dif­fer­ent devel­op­ments, and to inten­si­fy the process of exchange.