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.