MIL-OSI Translation: Tankred Schipanski: “Only those who can read information out of the data will receive expanded knowledge”


MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –

Source: CDU CSU

Mister President! Dear Colleagues! Ladies and gentlemen! With the debate on data strategy, we are setting the digital political fireworks,

(Laughter from the FDP and BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

with which we started the year 2021: in January a strong GWB amendment, at the beginning of February a milestone on the subject of register modernization, today the data strategy, in the next few weeks the amendments to the TKG, the NetzDG, the IT Security Act 2.0, Copyright and another open data law. Dear colleague Schulz, I am calling this digital policy full steam ahead.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)

Incidentally, these are all topics that are closely coordinated with Europe and where Germany is often the pacemaker for the EU. Take a look at the Digital Services Act, the Digital Markets Act, the Data Governance Act: all of this has been closely coordinated.

In all of these digital policy projects, data naturally play a major role. Doro Bär has shown it: It is an umbrella strategy. It is closely coordinated with the European data strategy. So it’s a tiger and not a bedside rug, dear Ms. Domscheit-Berg, a map for the future and not for the new territory, dear Konstantin von Notz.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Regardless of whether data is referred to as the new groundwater or the oil of the digital society, the fact is: data is the foundation of digitization. The credo of this strategy and the basic conviction of the Union parliamentary group are: You don’t have to be afraid of data. We need to develop the ability to collect data, we need to use it wisely, and we need to be able to share it in safe spaces. This requires clear standards, a secure infrastructure, and legal security for anonymization and pseudonymization. We find all of that in this strategy. It provides a clear framework. And with over 240 concrete measures, it brings horsepower to the streets and does not get lost in the abstract, as the FDP claims.

The strategy is clearly structured – Nadine Schön presented it -; it reflects the understanding of this legislature that every ministry is a digital ministry, and in particular makes the state responsible.

We have four fields of activity: good data infrastructure, responsible data use, data competence and the state as a pioneer and source of inspiration. What is hidden behind these fields of action will be explained by the colleagues of the Union parliamentary group this week in various formats, especially in social networks. We want to make the topic of data policy clear, break it down and clarify it with the help of many examples. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our communications department. And I cordially invite you to take part in these formats and events.

Vice President Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich:

Colleague, would you allow my colleague Höferlin to ask a question?

Tankred Schipanski (CDU / CSU):

No, I don’t allow that.

Dear colleagues, I would like to go into more detail on the complex of topics of data literacy, especially for my colleague Brandenburg, who raised many questions on this. Data literacy is a concept that needs to be developed. Competence in handling data is not only of central importance for employees in companies, but especially in the private sector. We use data – sometimes unconsciously – every day: when surfing on Facebook, with facial recognition on a smartphone, when checking Google Maps, when wearing a smartwatch with a view of health data or when communicating with voice assistants like Alexa. Data is collected, managed, evaluated and used.

But data alone is not the solution. Only those who can read information out of the data will receive expanded knowledge. Anyone who can then interpret this knowledge and transform it into approaches for action will be able to tap into the value-adding potential of data.

The data strategy names many programs and ideas, for example how the Federal Ministry of Education wants to establish this data competence in education and training. The data strategy also shows how the Federal Ministry of Economics is supporting data-based business models with a new program called Go-Data. It shows us that the Federal Ministry of Labor has also established the topic of data literacy as a topic in its future centers, which advise our SMEs in every federal state. The Ministry of Family Affairs also promotes data literacy in civil society organizations through so-called Civic Data Labs.

As you can see, data literacy, like all data policy, is a cross-cutting issue. The Digital Agenda Committee is therefore also in charge of the data strategy.

Vice President Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich:

Colleague, there is still a request for a question.

Tankred Schipanski (CDU / CSU):

No no. I have 15 seconds left; gladly afterwards as a short intervention.

Vice President Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich:

Well, let’s see.

Tankred Schipanski (CDU / CSU):

Yes, let’s see. – This is why the Digital Agenda Committee has the lead. That is an important and correct signal. It also includes, dear colleagues of the FDP, the control of the implementation of this strategy.

I am sure that by correctly prioritizing the measures and setting budgetary priorities, we will provide the right impetus for a future-oriented digital policy in this, but also in the next legislature.

Many Thanks.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)


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