The topic of digital ethics is being driven by actors from politics and civil society. Here we provide a (non-exhaustive) overview of the most important initiatives and political commissions.
Corporate Digital Responsibility (CDR) - Initiative of the BMJV
The Corporate Digital Responsibility Initiative of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection was founded in May 2018. Its members include major German companies such as Deutsche Telekom, Miele, Otto Group, SAP, Telefónica and ZEIT Online. The initiative's self-declared goal is to "make digital responsibility a matter of course for companies in all sectors."
To the website of the Corporate Digital Responsibility (CDR) - Initiative of the BMJV
Ethics working group of the Initiative D21
Initiative D21 is a registered association that promotes the digital society and helps to shape it with its members from business, politics, science and civil society. In the "Ethics Working Group", the topic of digital ethics is approached in an interdisciplinary manner. The WG sees its task in "translating basic ethical concepts into the digitalised world and thus contributing to orientation through factual and constructive evaluation".
To the website of the Ethics working group of the Initiative D21
Data Ethics Commission of the Federal Government
Since September 2018, the Federal Government's Data Ethics Commission has been working on the task of defining a "development framework for data policy, the handling of algorithms, artificial intelligence and digital innovations". The comprehensive report, which was published in October 2019, provides detailed recommendations for the use of data and algorithmic systems. It is expected that the proposals of the Data Ethics Commission will also influence the policies of the EU Commission in the future.
To the website of the Data Ethics Commission of the Federal Government
High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence
The High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelli-gence was mandated by the EU Commission in June 2018 to support the implementation of the European Strategy for Artificial Intelligence. In this role, the independent expert group published the "Ethical Guidelines for Trustworthy AI" in spring 2019. These are intended to guide the development of artificial intelligence within the EU.
To the website of the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence
Digital Networking Charter
The business initiative "Charta digitale Vernetzung" (Digital Networking Charter) unites numerous companies from different sectors and advocates trust and responsibility in digitalisation. It has been in existence since 2014 and has developed 10 principles that are intended to express the members' common understanding of the path to a digital society.
To the website of the Digital Networking Charter