1. I: The Individual in the digital era

Humans with their individual needs are the starting point for shaping digitalization

Desirable Future

Central for the shaping of digitalization are human beings with their needs and abilities as well as their participation in and contribution to the common good. Digital technologies are used to strengthen people’s freedom, personal responsibility and self-determination. They support active participation in social and professional life. And they enable people to pursue their diverse individual needs, which can include recognition by others and entertainment as well as peace and privacy.

Awareness of one’s own analogue and digital identity, of that of other people and of nature is also promoted, which contributes to more authenticity on the one hand and openness and respect for other lifestyles on the other. People use digital communication in a self-determined and context-dependent way and are aware of its effects on others. Support services to train skills in dealing with technology and conscientious use in accordance with their needs are generally accessible and used. People are largely safe, without fear and disciplined in dealing with digital opportunities. [References to: 5. Education, 6. Health, 10. Community]

Specific Projects

Internet ABC

A playful and safe way to interact with the World Wide Web.

Stiftung Digitale Chancen

Commits to equal opportunities for all people to access the internet and promotes their media literacy.


Informs parents and educators on how children grow up well with media.


Gives advice and information on current or recurring topics related to the internet.

Digitale Helden

Helps schools and families to use digital communication consciously and competently.

You Project Suggestions

Which projects with potentially broad impact fit the vision? Send us your suggestions.

Recommendations for Action

  • Companies/Organizations: Review your own activities along this vision of the future.
  • Politics: Derive checklist for regulatory projects from this vision of the future.
  • All: Promote pilots for the digital era which are independent of particular interests.
  • Individuals: Develop mindfulness and competencies.

Suitable Indicators

  • Digital technologies lead in society to [scale] 0 heteronomy to 10 self-determination.
  • Digital technologies lead to [scale] 0 low sense of responsibility up to 10 high sense of responsibility in society.

(both indicators are currently being surveyed)