Dig­i­tal Trans­for­ma­tion: “The Dig­i­tal Agen­da in Ger­many and China”

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All over the world, gov­ern­ments are con­front­ed by the chal­lenges of dig­i­tal­iza­tion. Solu­tions have to be found to solve the prob­lems but also seize the immense poten­tials. This is a very com­pli­cat­ed under­tak­ing with many dif­fer­ent aspects, which we want­ed to look at more close­ly.

China and Ger­many are work­ing inten­sive­ly on under­stand­ing the dif­fer­ent con­se­quences of dig­i­tal­iza­tion and their inter­re­la­tions with each other. What solu­tions are being pur­sued? What sim­i­lar­i­ties are there between the approach­es of the two coun­tries, and what dif­fer­ences? What can we learn from one anoth­er? The event “The Dig­i­tal Agen­da in Ger­many and China” which took place in Beijing’s 798 cul­tur­al dis­trict on 24 and 25 Sep­tem­ber 2016 aimed to answer these ques­tions.

Agen­da

Sat­ur­day 24/09/2016

15.00 – Wel­com­ing Remarks
Dr. Clemens Treter, direc­tor of the Goethe Insti­tute China
Philipp Otto, founder and exec­u­tive dDi­rec­tor of the iRights.Lab and founder of iRights.Media

15.10 – Keynote: “The Dig­i­tal Agen­da in China From the Think Tanks’ Point of View”
Dr. Zhou Peng, lead engi­neer at Elec­tron­ic Tech­nol­o­gy Infor­ma­tion Research Insti­tu­tions of the Min­istries of Indus­try and Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­o­gy

15:25 – Keynote: “The Dig­i­tal Agen­da in China From the Sci­ences’ Point of View”
Pro­fes­sor Dr. Shi Shi­wei, Uni­ver­si­ty of Inter­na­tion­al Busi­ness and Eco­nom­ics in Bei­jing, direc­tor of the Research Insti­tute for Euro­pean Stud­ies

15:40 – Keynote: “The Dig­i­tal Agen­da in China From the Gov­ern­ments Point of View”
Fan Hui­wen, vice pres­i­dent of the China Cen­tre for Infor­ma­tion Indus­try Devel­op­ment (CCID)

15:55 – Keynote: “The Dig­i­tal Agen­da in Ger­many – How Things Stand Today”
Philipp Otto, founder and exec­u­tive direc­tor of the iRights.Lab and Founder of iRights.Media

16.15 – Work 4.0 – Con­tri­bu­tions
Ger­many: Dr. Max Neufeind, advi­sor to the Pol­i­cy Depart­ment of the Ger­man Fed­er­al Min­istry of Labour and Social Affairs

China: Jack Qiu, pro­fes­sor at the School of Jour­nal­ism and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion at the Chi­nese Uni­ver­si­ty of Hong Kong

17.00 – Break

17.15 – Open Data – Con­tri­bu­tions
Ger­many: Julia Kloiber, project leader at the Open Knowl­edge Foun­da­tion

China: Zheng Lei, pro­fes­sor at the School of Inter­na­tion­al Rela­tions and Pub­lic Affairs, Fudan Uni­ver­si­ty

18.30 – Break

20.00 – Cyber The­atre Project “Online or Offline, That Is the Ques­tion” – Love’s Labour’s Lost

Sun­day 25/09/2016

16.00 – Film Pre­sen­ta­tion on “iPhoneChi­na”
with Chi­nese trans­la­tion

17.10 – Dis­cus­sion on the Film “iPhoneChi­na”
With Chris­t­ian von Bor­ries, direc­tor, com­pos­er, pro­duc­er and film-maker, and Wang Hui, pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Chi­nese Lan­guage and Lit­er­a­ture at Tsinghua Uni­ver­si­ty in Bei­jing, focussing on con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese lit­er­a­ture, chaired by Dr. Clemens Treter, direc­tor of the Goethe Insti­tute Bei­jing.

18.00 – Break

20.00 – Cyber The­atre Project “Online or Offline, That Is the Ques­tion” – Love’s Labour’s Lost

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.