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Digitally Confident

How do we assert ourselves in the digital society? Which tools do we have to master, which skills do we have to learn? ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe and the Goethe-Institut provide answers. Digital Confident provides food for thought and supports self-determined trade.

How do we develop into a competent, digital society?

We asked personalities who deal with digitization in Germany. Read their answers here.

  • Neben hoher Medienkompetenz in der Gesellschaft sollte unser Fokus zwingend auch auf der Förderung der sozialen Kompetenz und Menschlichkeit liegen.<br><i>Jennifer Pankratz, Game-Designerin</i> Foto: © Jennifer Pankratz / privat
  • Digitalkompetenz fällt nicht vom Himmel; wir brauchen viele Angebote für unterschiedliche Teile der Gesellschaft. Das kostet, aber die gesellschaftlichen Folgekosten sind sonst noch höher.<br><i>Markus Beckedahl, Journalist und netzpolitischer Aktivist</i> Foto: © Markus Beckedahl / privat
  • Wir müssen eine europäische Agenda für eine inklusive, digitale Gesellschaft entwerfen. Sie soll die Rechte des Einzelnen wahren und Vielfalt ermöglichen. <br><i>Gesche Joost, Designforscherin</i> Foto: © Gesche Joost / privat
  • Computer und Handy sind Spione, Kameras und Roboter im öffentlichen Raum auch. Jeder von uns sollte Maßnahmen treffen, um sich vor Überwachung zu schützen. <br><i>Oliver Bendel, Wirtschaftsinformatiker und Buchautor<i> Foto: © Oliver Bendel / privat
  • Wir müssen stärker diskutieren, wie Algorithmen entscheiden. Dafür brauchen wir mehr Transparenz und das nötige technische Verständnis.<br><i>Christina Elmer, Journalistin<i> Foto: © Christina Elmer / Christian O. Bruch LAIF

Digitally confident: how it works

Have you ever wondered what personal data you have already disclosed online today? What information Internet companies have collected about you? You don't know? Then you're like most of us. Nevertheless, it is crucial to know what risks you are being exposed to and how you can protect yourself against them. Confidence means taking responsibility - digitally as well. It sounds exhausting, but it's not that difficult!

  • <b>Do you feel the same way? </b>While we navigate the Internet and popular software like a fish in water, we are sometimes completely in the dark about what the mechanisms behind it look like. What footprints are we leaving behind? Who can read them? And what decisions hinge on this? <i>Text: Tapping in digital darkness</i> graphicrecording.cool
    Do you feel the same way? While we navigate the Internet and popular software like a fish in water, we are sometimes completely in the dark about what the mechanisms behind it look like. What footprints are we leaving behind? Who can read them? And what decisions hinge on this? Text: Tapping in digital darkness
  • <b>But a lot in our lives has long since hinged on this:</b> Whether Google search results or the newspaper articles we are shown - everything is tailored to our personal data profile. Our data is used to influence our decisions and thus even election results. Whether we get a loan, an apartment or a job may depend on the information available about us. <i>Text: How shall I protect myself? Do I care?</i> graphicrecording.cool
    But a lot in our lives has long since hinged on this: Whether Google search results or the newspaper articles we are shown - everything is tailored to our personal data profile. Our data is used to influence our decisions and thus even election results. Whether we get a loan, an apartment or a job may depend on the information available about us. Text: How shall I protect myself? Do I care?
  • <b>The key: Thinking things through and questioning.</b> But not all information on the Web is neutral. What information is relevant for me? Where does it come from and what interests are behind it? If you don't think for yourself, others will decide for you - and only seldom for your own benefit. <i>Text: Think? Other people do it for me…</i> graphicrecording.cool
    The key: Thinking things through and questioning. But not all information on the Web is neutral. What information is relevant for me? Where does it come from and what interests are behind it? If you don't think for yourself, others will decide for you - and only seldom for your own benefit. Text: Think? Other people do it for me…
  • <b>There's plenty of information and knowledge out there.</b> Only those who are sufficiently informed can have a responsible voice. This has seldom seemed easier than it is today: vast amounts of knowledge and background information are available to everyone on the Internet free of charge. <i>Text: Free knowledge</i> graphicrecording.cool
    There's plenty of information and knowledge out there. Only those who are sufficiently informed can have a responsible voice. This has seldom seemed easier than it is today: vast amounts of knowledge and background information are available to everyone on the Internet free of charge. Text: Free knowledge
  • <b>What Kant already knew:</b> "Have the courage to use your own intellect!" What was true then is no less true today: an empowered citizen thinks for him- or herself. More than ever, it is important to question the information we receive, as well as ourselves and our attitudes again and again. <i>Text: Dare to know!   Intelligence  “Dig in!”</i> graphicrecording.cool
    What Kant already knew: "Have the courage to use your own intellect!" What was true then is no less true today: an empowered citizen thinks for him- or herself. More than ever, it is important to question the information we receive, as well as ourselves and our attitudes again and again. Text: Dare to know! Intelligence “Dig in!”
  • <b>Only the well-informed can have a voice.</b> The digital world is changing. In order to stay up to date and have a voice, we have to keep ourselves informed and educated. Education is participation, and participation is the common good. <i>Text: Education Is Participation</i> graphicrecording.cool
    Only the well-informed can have a voice. The digital world is changing. In order to stay up to date and have a voice, we have to keep ourselves informed and educated. Education is participation, and participation is the common good. Text: Education Is Participation
  • <b>Social commitment must become routine.</b> Do I consent to having self-driving cars in my city? Should artificial intelligence be allowed to make state decisions? Do I want to give companies power over my data? We should not shy away from these questions: social commitment must become routine. <i>Text: Social commitment? – Routine </i> graphicrecording.cool
    Social commitment must become routine. Do I consent to having self-driving cars in my city? Should artificial intelligence be allowed to make state decisions? Do I want to give companies power over my data? We should not shy away from these questions: social commitment must become routine. Text: Social commitment? – Routine
  • <b>Digital empowerment is also a part of this. </b>Anyone who is not concerned today about the opportunities and dangers of the digital world runs the risk of losing influence on an aspect of social life. Only those who understand and are able to interpret contexts can be involved in shaping the digital world. <i>Text: No confidence without digital confidence</i> graphicrecording.cool
    Digital empowerment is also a part of this. Anyone who is not concerned today about the opportunities and dangers of the digital world runs the risk of losing influence on an aspect of social life. Only those who understand and are able to interpret contexts can be involved in shaping the digital world. Text: No confidence without digital confidence

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P3M5 © Goethe-Institut USA

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