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Digital society
Making digitalization work for climate!

HAN 09.08.2021
© Goethe-Institut Hanoi

Discussion | 09.08.2021, 7 p.m.
Online on Zoom and Facebook
Start at 6:45 p.m.
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Digitalisation is one of the biggest transformation processes of our time – everyone agrees on that. But what does it mean in concrete terms for ecology and social justice? What opportunities and risks does digitalisation hold for sustainability? Will digitalisation lead to a smart green world in which everyone benefits from technological progress and at the same time we treat the environment more carefully? Or are we heading towards a rapidly expanding digital capitalism in which only a few hold money and power in their hands and the economy grows even further beyond planetary boundaries?

In his lecture, Tilman Santarius will argue that discussions on digital and network policy issues must be linked to the goal of a socio-ecological transformation of society. A sustainable and thus also socio-ecological digitalisation should therefore follow three guiding principles: Digital sufficiency, strict data protection and focus on the public interest. Tilman Santarius advocates incremental digitalisation, as a disruptive and unilaterally capitalist-driven digitalisation could leave many people behind and unable to find their place in society. He pleads for an understanding of digitalisation as a toolbox, whereby digitalisation must be adapted to our social expectations and not vice versa. Two questions are central in this context: Which digitalisation do we want? What do we want to use digital tools for?




HAN Ms Nhien Ngo 200 © Ngo Thi To Nhien
Ngo Thi To Nhien

HAN Nguyen Manh Ha 200 © Nguyen Manh Ha
Nguyen Manh Ha

HAN Trần Hữu Vỹ 200 © Tran Huu Vy
Tran Huu Vy

HAN Lê Trung Thông 200 © Le Trung Thong
Le Trung Thong



HAN Tilman Santarius 200 © Tilman Santarius
Tilman Santarius