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Interview with Volker Wissing, Federal Minister for Digital and Transport.

Interview: Clara Krug, 20.01.2023
Dr Volker Wissing, Federal Minister for Digital and Transport
Dr Volker Wissing, Federal Minister for Digital and Transport © picture alliance/dpa

Minister Wissing, the Digital Summit 2022 in Berlin is titled “Data – creating digital value together”. What does this encompass?
Data open doors to spaces with boundless possibilities for us. They are the key to digital innovation and sustainable growth. They enable such things as better transport planning and traffic management, personalized medicine, and forward-thinking construction. The Digital Summit 2022 is focusing strongly on data economy. There are events, exhibits and showcases to inspire greater efficiency and sustainability when shaping the world with the help of digital technologies and data-based applications.

What are the advantages of Germany as a location in the areas of digitalization and artificial intelligence?
Germany is very well-positioned in the field of artificial intelligence, and especially in science and research. The Fraunhofer Society is the worldwide leading European research organization in terms of AI patent applications. In the area of automated driving alone, almost 60 per cent of the worldwide patent applications come from Germany. But to gain a stronger position in global competition, we need to take a broader approach in the development and testing of AI, and we need to activate and interconnect as many enterprises as possible on a cross-sector basis.

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The topics of digitalization and data economy are closely interwoven with global processes. What role does international co-operation have to play?
International co-operation is key. Achieving a free, open and secure Internet will only be possible by working together with our partners. That’s why we’re working closely not only with the EU, but also with the G7 and the OECD states, as well as several partners in the Global South. Our objective is to ensure that basic democratic values are effective both online and offline, and that the innovative capabilities of the Internet remain intact. Technological and digital standards play a central role in this respect. Together with our partners we are supporting the multi-stakeholder approach.


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