Publication: Germany's Strategy for International Digital Policy
Digital technologies are increasingly becoming a political factor, and Germany and Europe are called on to act as active shapers. As a high-tech country and globalised economy, Germany is committed to a digital order that enables democracy and freedom, prosperity as well as sustainability and resilience.
The strategy was developed in an inclusive process. Over one hundred entities participated in its development through several open dialogue formats, including civil society initiatives, digital associations, research institutions, and business representatives. International stakeholders and representatives from international organizations such as the United Nations were also involved.
Nine guiding principles
At the core of the strategy are nine guiding principles. They provide orientation for better coordination and proactive shaping of international digital policy initiatives in the future.
- We protect fundamental rights and human rights – online and offline.
- We advocate for a global, open, free, and secure internet.
- We enhance value-based technology partnerships.
- We promote human-centric and innovation-friendly rules for the digital space.
- We support secure cross-border data flows with trust.
- We actively help to shape international standards.
- We strengthen a secure and sustainable global digital infrastructure.
- We mitigate risks along technology value chains.
- We use digitalization to tackle global challenges.
The German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) will further intensify its commitment to international digital policy. For example, BMDV will expand its bilateral Digital Dialogues with African states and continue to involve stakeholder intensively in the further strategy process. BMDV also plans to create a position at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.
More interesting news
How can we shape digital sovereignty in a globalised world? On 20 November 2023, the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) hosted a panel on this question at the Digital Summit of the German Government in Jena, Germany. The panellists concluded that international cooperation, not isolation, is key to successfully strengthen digital sovereignty.
On 17 November 2023, the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) hosted another Stakeholder Forum International Digital Policy. The aim was to exchange views on BMDV's draft of Germany’s Strategy for International Digital Policy. Representatives from more than 60 organisations from business, science, civil society and the technical community took part in the virtual event.
The Secretariat for the International Digital Dialogues organised several events at this year’s UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) from 8 to 12 October 2023 in Kyoto, Japan. In addition to two receptions, two workshops on crucial topics took place. The workshops brought together a diverse range of experts to discuss how to build trust in user-centric digital public services (DPS) and how to create digital public infrastructure (DPI) that empowers people.
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