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Source: CDU CSU

Dear Mr President! Dear colleagues! Ladies and gentlemen! On November 4th, yesterday, shortly before 7 a.m. German time, the time had come: the antidote was used, which sounds wooden in the German translation, but is understandable. I quote:

Some or all of the content shared in this tweet is controversial and potentially misleading as to how to participate in an election or other civic process.

It was this warning that the short message service Twitter played when the incumbent President of the United States accused his political adversary of stealing his election victory. We don’t know for sure whether the hint will help; Because regardless of whether it is fake news, filter bubbles or echo chambers: The content that we see on social media is shaped by algorithms based on artificial intelligence.

The mechanisms, such as the polarization of the digital public, are discussed a lot, but have only been very little researched. This is not due to the lack of interest on the part of scientists, but rather to the fact that they cannot adequately investigate their research topic. What they lack, the study commission’s report makes very clear: access to data on social networks. Politicians can only set the right rules for online discourse if we understand how opinions are formed online.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and MPs from the SPD and MP Mario Brandenburg [Südpfalz] [FDP])

The fact that the coalition groups are taking the report of the study commission seriously is also shown by the fact that they are already implementing recommendations for action. With the reform of the Network Enforcement Act, for example, the Union and the SPD will do everything in their power to introduce a research clause into the law. Our goal is more knowledge for democracy on the Internet.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

The demand in the report of the study commission for a reform of competition law is already being implemented. With the GWB amendment, we are one of the first countries in the world to oppose the power of the tech giants with a law.

(Ralph Brinkhaus [CDU / CSU]: That’s right!)

Because they have the raw material of tomorrow’s prosperity, the raw material that makes AI work: data. We must ensure fair competition, more data access in competition; because we want not just a few large, but many small companies to be able to increase the opportunities AI can offer our society.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the AfD)

The GWB amendment is one of the central economic policy projects of these coalition groups, and if everything goes well, there will be a present under the tree for Christmas this year that will not only strengthen fair competition but also give consumers freedom of choice. This is how the social market economy works in the digital age. This is how we secure economic freedom on the internet.

We never tire of continuing on this path for freedom, justice and economic fairness in the digital age. The report of the study commission outlines this path. In addition to access to data, the use of artificial intelligence must be made transparent; because only in this way can we gain the trust of the citizens and can use the opportunities of artificial intelligence in a human-centered approach.

In public space it must be possible to see which information is true and which is not. Journalists and authorities in particular must therefore be enabled to unequivocally recognize the authenticity of digital content. We have to counter the dangers of so-called deepfakes. And when robot journalism – as it is in some cases today, for example when reporting on sporting events, the weather or traffic reports – becomes more and more present and continues to expand, then these texts must be labeled as AI-generated. This transparency is important for public debate and important for democracy.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

It’s about democracy here and now too. While data is essential for artificial intelligence, democracy is inconceivable without the will to compromise. Reports from study commissions have a very special function; because government and opposition politicians will find the waters here together in which we want to steer our society. The Left parliamentary group was also closely involved in finding a compromise; we also had good discussions with you. In many places you have used the option of special votes, which is perfectly fine. It is incomprehensible and a shame that you still do not find the strength to approve this report; because it does not do justice to the intensive work of all groups.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU as well as from Dep. Mario Brandenburg [Südpfalz] [FDP] – acclamation from Dep. Jessica Tatti [DIE LINKE])

Where does this actually lead when parties and parliamentary groups no longer support the compromise?

(Jan Korte [DIE LINKE]: You can have your own opinion! What kind of argument is that? – Further calls from DIE LINKE)

And there we are again at the beginning of my speech, with the warnings from Twitter and a fragile digital public. As a Union, we want to counter this fragility, and that is why we need transparency and appropriate data access for more democracy and freedom on the Internet.

Many thanks.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD and FDP)


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