Heike Raab: Networking requires a good balance between data usage and data protection

Prof. Liggesmeyer at the Digital Breakfast of the Permanent Representation of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate in Berlin

Press Release / 9.6.2017

“Smart networking creates unlimited opportunities in the digital world, but the individual user does not want to be continuously screened either. This is why we need a good balance between data protection and data usage in order to develop projects such as the Digital Villages for rural areas”, demanded Representative Heike Raab at the #DigitalBreakfast of the State’s Permanent Representation in Berlin. Together with Prof. Peter Liggesmeyer, Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE and professor for Software Engineering at the University of Kaiserslautern, she discussed the digital transformation in Germany using Rhineland-Palatinate as an example.

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The Rhineland-Palatinate digital policy is being coordinated strategically in the first digital cabinet of any German state. With the Digital Dialog and the State Council for Digital Development and Culture, the strategy is designed in collaboration with citizens and experts. Prof. Peter Liggesmeyer, who is also a member of this State Council, emphasized: “Smart digitization also means exploiting the potential of data for business and citizens without endangering privacy. The task is to move from classical data security to data usage control. Instead of locking up data and depriving themselves of the associated opportunities, citizens as well as companies will be able to keep full control over their data at all times in the future.”

In the digital transformation, the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE that is led by him focuses on human-centered solutions that really add value, both for the cities and for the citizens, municipalities, and companies in rural areas. The project Digital Villages 2.0, for example, was initiated in collaboration with the Rhineland-Palatinate Interior Ministry and the Rhineland-Palatinate Development Agency. This project includes, for example, the development of innovative apps for the model municipalities Eisenberg, Göllheim, and Betzdorf-Gebhardshain that are aimed at organizing the interaction among businesses, volunteers, and public administration in a digital manner.

The Digital Breakfast was held at the invitation of the Permanent Representation of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate in Berlin, the Rhineland-Palatinate Development Agency, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE. The Permanent Representation regularly invites politicians, scientists, and organizations to discuss topics related to the digital transformation and uses this event format to offer a platform for networking and discussion.