Europe's Digital Future

Europe's Digital Future

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Europe's Digital Future 2022

In our events, we would like to use case studies to discuss how digital innovation is transforming society, culture and the economy

Different actors will come together to discuss where and by which means participation in the political process by young people in particular is possible, or perhaps can be improved. Ultimately, this panel also offers the opportunity for all those participants who want to get more involved themselves in the future to discuss information and opportunities and to meet like-minded people.

What are the technical and legal possibilities of a fully decentralized country? Blockchain technologies can be used to make votes unforgeable, and their cryptographically guaranteed implementation can in some cases be done through smart contracts. Without a "central point of failure", corruption could be avoided and decisions could be made more transparently. How realistic is the implementation of such a holistic concept, and what hurdles might there be on a way there?

The ECB is currently examining the introduction of a Digital Euro. But how does it work? What are its advantages? And what are its risks?
We would like to discuss these and other questions with Jürgen Schaaf (Advisor for Market Infrastructure and Payments, ECB) and Peter Bofinger (Professor for Monetary Policy and International Economics, University of Würzburg). As a participant, you can actively contribute to the discussion with your perspectives and questions.

While the buzz around NFTs has made it clear that this is not a far-fetched utopia, the number of questions is by no means diminished by this:
Do (platforms as) institutions become obsolete in this context, for example, or do they internalize this supposedly decentralized technology? At the same time, it raises the question of how much this trend requires rethinking regulatory frameworks and how it affects cultural production itself.
This panel discussion aims to clarify exactly these questions, focusing on Europe as a market on the one hand and a domain for policy on the other.

Although the term 'metaverse' can be found increasingly frequently in headlines, this does not necessarily contribute to conceptual acuity. Even if it is clear that this refers to alternative realities that are as immersive as possible, much remains open:
Which entities are driving the idea, at what levels, and with what intentions? Moreover, how does its emergence challenge policy domains such as privacy or competition?
The webinar sets out to decipher the concept and then discuss these two questions. Special attention will be paid to the role of the EU as a hub for innovation, consumption and policy.

Billions are being disbursed at a wide variety of levels in the EU to drive digitization forward in leaps and bounds. These projects are understood as innovation and not as transformation. With a view to Silicon Valley, what is promoted is that which adorns itself with buzzwords such as 'disruption', 'transparency' or 'networking' and pretends to be agile. However, a look at the results of such projects or even digitization in the EU as a whole often reveals a deficient picture.
This webinar aims to critically reflect on the above ideas in order to answer what is really needed to drive Europe's digital future.


Areas of Interest

We have and continue to set up panel discussions with leaders in tech and academia on a variety of technical subjects


The Impact of Web3 on Cultural Industries, Decentralized Governance and the Digital Euro

Internet Governance

At what points and by what means is participation in the political process by young people in particular successfully possible, or what can perhaps also be improved?


Which entities are driving the idea, at which levels, and with which intentions? Furthermore, the question arises as to how its emergence challenges policy domains such as privacy or competition.

Digital Literacy

How, where, and in which educational stage can or should people acquire digital literacy to easily and securely interact with the digital world?

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