iRights.Lab director Philipp Otto was one of three key initiators recently invited to lead the discussion on the television magazine SenCon, broadcast on Alex Berlin. In it, he spoke with citizens from different generations about the questionof how to make everyone a part of the digital society.
“Digital change — For they know not what they’re doing” was the title of the discussion broadcast by the Berlin-basedTV channel. Experts and randomly selected citizens from Berlin were invited to the Alex Berlin studio to discuss, as part of the SenConseries, the question of whether we actually understand what technological progress means for our lives and whether this is influenced the age of people in a society.
The role of policymakers was also examined, including whether they will be able to create the necessary framework to ensure that no one feels left behind by rapid developments in digitalization.
In addition to the journalist and author Madeleine Hofmann, Yannick Haan, SPD board member for Berlin-Mitte, and Philipp Otto, director of iRights.Lab, were invited as experts and initiators.
“The question of digitization is not a question of biological age, but a question of interest. The decisive factor is how open-minded someone is and how open they are to new things,” Otto said during the discussion. It is important, he emphasized, neither to exclude older nor younger people from technological progress.
“We need to explain to people how certain things and processes work. And we must also make it clear that, with some developments, we do not yet know where the journey is taking us,”Otto continued. “But we must ask the right questions and work together in order to find the adequate answers.”
A central tenet to be considered here is that access to digital infrastructure and the possibilities of digitization are ultimately in the public interest.
Madeleine Hofmann stressed that there isno singledemand being made by either the younger or the older generationtoday. “It is much more a question of incorporating different experiences and perspectives into the discussion about a digital society,” she remarked.
Yannick Haan called for a “change of mentality” in education policy. “It’s all about having the right equipment and handling itcompetently. It is about further training our teachers so that we do not leave younger people alone with digitization.”
You can find the whole program in the media library at Alex Berlin.
Here you can also find Madeleine Hofmann’s new book Macht Platz!, which deals with prejudice against young people in today’ssociety.