Socio-Ecological Transformation

Symposium: European Approaches Towards a Sustainable Digitalization

Thursday, 6 May 2021

In December 2020, the EU Council reached conclusions on shaping "digitalization for the benefit of the environment.” In the same month, the European Commission proposed a digital services act to be developed over two years and which would pave the way for a truly European solution for regulating the digital economy. The symposium seeks to offer a discussion forum for civil society organizations and science as well as policymakers to address the question: How can digitalization be shaped in a way that nurtures common goods and respects planetary boundaries?

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Previous analyses show that current forms of digitalization increase resource demand and exacerbate social injustices. There is therefore an urgent need for concerted action by civil society, science, and policymakers, including strong regulatory frameworks, to harness the benefits of digitalization for sustainability and to incorporate such measures into ongoing policy processes at national and EU level.

The event is a joint initiative of the Einstein Center Digital Future/TU Berlin, the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) and Leuphana University Lüneberg.

You can find the complete article about the 2021 symposium as well as further information here.