iRights.Lab at Zukun­fts­brücke-Con­fer­ence in China

At this year’s Zukun­fts­brücke: Chi­nese-Ger­man Young Pro­fes­sion­al Cam­pus in Shang­hai, iRights.Lab deliv­ered a keynote address and led a dis­cus­sion on the topic of “Pol­i­cy and gov­ern­men­tal inno­va­tion in the AI era,”presenting the most impor­tant fac­tors of polit­i­cal action and pub­lic dis­course in Ger­many in the field of dig­i­ti­za­tion.

The Zukun­fts­brücke is a project of the Mer­ca­tor Foun­da­tion and the BMW Foun­da­tion Her­bert Quandt, in coop­er­a­tion with the All-China Youth Asso­ci­a­tion (ACYF).

The aim is a pro­fes­sion­al, inter­cul­tur­al exchange and the for­ma­tion of net­works among excel­lent future exec­u­tives from Ger­many and China.

The aca­d­e­m­ic part­ner in China is the Chi­nese Acad­e­my of Social Sci­ences (CASS).

The cam­pus takes place annu­al­ly. The title of this year’s con­fer­ence was “Future has arrived — How do we pre­pare for the AI era?”

15 rep­re­sen­ta­tives each from Ger­many and China con­vened a series of lec­tures and work­shops in Shang­hai to dis­cuss the var­i­ous devel­op­ments and process­es under­way in a dig­i­tal soci­ety, par­tic­u­lar­ly the increas­ing use of arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence.

Lud­wig Reich­er­stor­fer, Head of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at iRights.Lab, pre­sent­ed the most impor­tant aspects of polit­i­cal inno­va­tion and gave an overview of the polit­i­cal dis­course in Ger­many as well as the strate­gies being devel­oped by the Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment for respond­ing to devel­op­ments dri­ven by tech­no­log­i­cal progress.

Among other things, his talk dealt with the work of the var­i­ous bod­ies respon­si­ble for dig­i­ti­za­tion and the cor­re­spond­ing respon­si­bil­i­ties with­in the feder­al cab­i­net, the fed­er­al min­istries and the par­lia­ments at both fed­er­al and state level. In addi­tion, the chal­lenges of trans­lat­ing a Dig­i­tal Agen­da into con­crete pol­i­cy mea­sures and the com­mu­ni­ca­tion between pol­i­tics, sci­ence and civil soci­ety were high­light­ed. The large num­ber of com­mit­tees and for­mats for dia­logue, for exam­ple, poses a par­tic­u­lar dif­fi­cul­ty in this regard, and an orga­nized, con­cert­ed effort is need­ed to trans­late the results and con­clu­sions pro­duced by var­i­ous com­mit­tees into con­crete polit­i­cal work.

Final­ly, some key find­ings from a range of iRights.Lab projects deal­ing with algo­rithms and arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence and our work as an inde­pen­dent think tank were pre­sent­ed, such as the def­i­n­i­tion of eth­i­cal and legal frame­works for the use of AI or the need for the safe han­dling of user data on the part of com­pa­nies and gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

Excit­ing dis­cus­sions also took place out­side the con­fer­ence room on ques­tions of respon­si­bil­i­ty and com­pe­tence in deal­ing with tech­no­log­i­cal inno­va­tions and the role of con­sumers, com­pa­nies, sci­ence and gov­ern­ment insti­tu­tions.

More infor­ma­tion on the Zukun­fts­brücke can be found on the Zukun­fts­brücke web­site.

Impres­sions from Shang­hai can be found here.