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Which Digital Future do we want

Which Digital Future do we want

Written by Nina Peitler | Reviewed by Angelo Spörk

Created on: 21 Jan 2021 | Updated on: 21 Jan 2021

News category: "News on Living Innovation"

Sarah Spiekermann, Professor for Business Informatics on Digital Ethics

Our guest in this week's Responsible Innovation Story is Sarah Spiekermann. She is a global thought leader on Digital Ethics, Professor for Business Informatics and Chair of the Institute for Information Systems and Society at Vienna University of Economics and Business. For her, many aspects of the digital transformation do not follow democratic core values.

“We are largely dependent on digital infrastructures from outside Europe. As a consequence, we do not live our proper values.”

However, to include European values in innovation, we need to retake digital sovereignty first.

“American and Chinese technologies have created highly data-intensive infrastructures. A European style of digitization could prioritizes other values, such as privacy or transparency.”

What can companies do to foster a more responsible, ethically driven innovation?

“A lot of managers look at profit maximization only. However, they need to re-consider the broader responsibilities they have.”

Our most important insights from this interview with Sarah Spiekermann:

·      To create technologies that serve societal purposes, we need to strengthen core democratic values in our innovation processes.

·      At the moment, however, European companies and innovators are largely dependent on data-intensive digital infrastructures from outside Europe.

·      Only if we retake digital sovereignty, can we prioritize values such as privacy and transparency to create the digital future we want.

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