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Digital Revolution – Opportunities, Challenges, Implications

This live panel discussion was recorded on April 15, 2021, as part of our ongoing series "Berlin Talks", a cooperation of international short-term study programs FU-BEST (European Studies) and FUBiS (International Summer and Winter University) at Freie Universität Berlin.

The societal, political, cultural, educational, and economic impacts of the Digital Revolution have been profound. Humanity is able to interconnect and communicate more rapidly and intensively than at any time previously. Digitalization continues to play a key role in the globalization of production and markets. Yet questions are also regularly raised about negative consequences of these revolutionary changes, such as information overload, social isolation, media saturation, threats to privacy and intellectual copyright, and the uncontrolled proliferation of questionable internet content. Fundamental concerns regarding the future of interhuman communication and societal cohesion have been raised. The panel members addressed the implications and concerns associated with the Digital Revolution from a diversity of perspectives.

Panel members:

  • Dr. Dirk Verheyen (moderator): Academic director, FU-BEST
  • Prof. Dr. Anabel Ternès von Hattburg: Digital entrepreneur, professor and expert on digital communication
  • Larissa Zeichhardt: CEO of LAT, Electrical engineer; Specialist in the fields of IT, traffic and mobility planning, urban development, networking
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Emmer: Founding Director at Weizenbaum Institute, Professor of Communication Science at Freie Universität Berlin
  • Dr. Bruno Gransche: Philosopher and futurologist, Post-doc research fellow in the interdisciplinary research college of the University of Siegen