The process of digitisation affects almost all areas of our lives, and the volume of personal data that is being generated, stored and analysed in a variety of contexts is increasing at an unprecedented rate. At the same time, technology that enables the machine evaluation of data – so-called “big data” technology – is continuously developing and becoming ever more efficient.
The power of the modern algorithms used in this process increases the economic value of data. Thanks to big data technology, various data from a number of different databases can be easily correlated and analysed, allowing many conclusions to be drawn regarding sensitive personal information. This means that new standards and rules and new technology and concepts are needed for protecting data in an up-to-date way that represents the interests of the user.
The working group aims to develop a new code of conduct that will help trigger a major overhaul at both the national and international level in how large volumes of data are handled. Particular attention will be paid to the fact that due to the technological possibilities of big data, almost all data contains personal information. The code of conduct, to be drawn up in form of a statement, will be aimed primarily at policymakers, but should also improve public awareness of the issues surrounding this topic.
ML = Member of the Leopoldina
Symposium “Die Digitalisierung und ihre Auswirkungen auf Mensch und Gesellschaft”
Berlin, 10/11 July 2017. Documentation of the event (German)
Panel discussion “Digitales Ich – Digitales Wir: Digitalisierung und die Zukunft der Demokratie” Leopoldina, 24 March 2017. Documentation of the event (German)
Lecture „Der vernetzte Bürger. Wie verändert die digitale Revolution unsere Demokratie?”
Hannover, 10 February 2016. Documentation of the event (German)
Panel discussion “Bessere Menschen durch digitale Technologien?”
Leopoldina, 16 November 2015. Documentation of the event (German)
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