Program | Digital Capitalism – All Power to the Corporations?

Congress, November 6th and 7th 2018 at FES in Berlin

17:00
FES Building 1

REGISTRATION

Hiroshimastraße 17, 10785 Berlin

18:00
FES Building 1

WELCOME
Live stream

Kurt Beck, President of Friedrich Ebert Foundation

18:10
FES Building 1

KEYNOTE
Live stream

Leaving the Twenty-First Century: Excursions After Late Capitalism

Why are the urban spaces, surfaces and affects endemic to late capitalism so inimical to our deeper aspirations for community?
How does digital technology contribute to the pervasive sense of airlessness we experience?
What means are available to us for the creation of more restorative and affirming environments?

Adam Greenfield, writer and urbanist

18:40
FES Building 1

DISCUSSION
Live stream

Moderator: Sandra Schulz, Deutschlandfunk

20:00 - 21:30
FES Building 1

RECEPTION

08:30
FES Building 1

REGISTRATION

Hiroshimastraße 17, 10785 Berlin

09:00
FES Building 1

BEGINNING

Comments on the conference schedule
Moderator: Sandra Schulz

09:00
FES Building 1, Conference Hall

FOCUS 1
Live stream

Digital Monopolies - Big data, big money, big problem?

Does digital capitalism automatically lead to the formation of monopolies?
What are the hidden dangers of monopolisation?
Should we regulate, break up and nationalise the digital monopolists?

09:15
FES Building 1, Conference Hall

KEYNOTE
Live stream

How do we regulate digital monopolies?

Achim Wambach, President of the German Monopolies Commission

09:30
FES Building 1, Conference Hall

PODIUM DISCUSSION
Live stream

Ulrich Sendler, writer and consultant
Achim Wambach, President of the German Monopolies Commission
Christina Kampmann,  member of the North Rhine-Westphalia parliament, spokeswoman for digital policy
Thomas Gegenhuber, Leuphana University Lüneburg
Thomas Fischer, German Trade Union Confederation (DGB)

Moderator: Sandra Schulz

10:30 - 10:45

BREAK / ROOM CHANGE

10:45 - 12:00

PARALLEL FORUMS

10:45
Building 2, Conference Hall

FORUM 1.1 [German only]

How can we shape the digital transformation through progressive economic policy?

Ulrich Sendler, writer and consultant
Katja Rietzler, Institute for Macroecononics and Growth Research (IMK)
Kevin Kühnert, Federal Chairman of JUSOS (Young Socialists in the SPD)
Arno Brandt, NDS 3.0

Moderator: Kai Doering, vorwärts

Digitalisation, automation and artificial intelligence are transforming the economy and our society in fundamental ways. Only with the help of political-economic interventions will it be possible to prevent less qualified workers from being left behind.

What are the most important social challenges presented by digital capitalism?
How will the winners and losers be spread across society?
What can we do to shape an economic policy of solidarity, one which steers digital capitalism in a civilised direction?

10:45
Building 1, Room 119

FORUM 1.2 [German only]

How do trade unions tackle US-style digital capitalism?

Johannes Schulten, work in progress journalism office
Thomas Gürlebeck, ver.di Bavaria

Moderator: Kai Lindemann, DGB

For five years, Ver.di has been embroiled in a conflict with the US corporation Amazon about a collective labour agreement. Labour unions are seen as “intruders” into the company's supposedly internal affairs. But not just the conflict culture differs from European patterns. The same applies to such companies' HR departments, which place enormous pressure on workers.

What can be done to prevent this form of corporate culture from taking root in Europe? How can we create an international solidarity that transcends borders? What means can we employ to keep technology-centred employee surveillance in check?

10:45
Building 2, Room 6.01

FORUM 1.3

Taxation in the digital era – a global challenge?

Markus Meinzer, Tax Justice Network
Tove Ryding, Eurodat, Brussels
Christina Kampmann,  member of the North Rhine-Westphalia parliament, spokeswoman for digital policy

Moderator: Sarah Ganter, FES

As economies are rapidly transforming, the international tax system, rooted in the early twentieth century, is not catching up.

What does a digital economy mean for tax bases, value creation and the future of international taxation?
What does all this mean for the Global South and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?

10:45
Building 2, Room 1.02

FORUM 1.4 [German only]

Agriculture and pharma: from old to new monopolies?

Thomas Dürmeier, Goliathwatch
Max Klein, BUKO Pharma-Kampagne

Moderator: Annett Mängel, Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik

Rather than causing “disruption“, the digital transformation of the agro and pharma sectors simply intensifies existing processes of concentration. Lobbying and cartels are growing significantly. This damages democracy and exacerbates social inequality – not least in the Global South.

How do the processes of market concentration in the New Economy differ from those of traditional sectors within the context of digitalisation?
How can we limit coporate power?
What lessons can be derived from past struggles against monopolies?

10:45
Building 2, Room 6.09

FORUM 1.5 [German only]

Is a European artificial intelligence possible?

Eva-Maria Nyckel, Locating Media post-graduate programme, University of Siegen
Thomas Wagenknecht, Accenture

Moderator: Philipp Staab, University of Kassel / IGZA

AI requires huge amounts of data. Several large corporations like Google, Microsoft and Salesforce already enjoy a huge advantage in this supposedly promising future field.

Which new economic strategies are these corporations pursuing with their AI applications? Is an independent European initiative thinkable in this field? What role could a politically guaranteed neutrality of access to Big Data play?

10:45
Building 1, Conference Hall

FORUM 1.6
Live stream

Digital work – potential for a new humanisation or job killer?

Björn Böhning, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Kai Burmeister, IG Metall Baden-Württemberg
Timo Daum, writer

Moderator: Christina Schildmann, Hans Böckler Foundation

The world of work stands before a fundamental transformation brought on by digitalisation. As was the case with earlier technologies, it is difficult to predict the consequences on both the quantity and quality of work in the future.

New freedoms or increasing consolidation of productivity – which way is the pendulum swinging?
What opportunities are arising for a new humanisation of work?
What must politics and labour unions do to ensure good work in the digital age?

10:45
Building 1, Room 121/122

FORUM 1.7

The Internet between emancipation and dystopia?

Florian Butollo, WZB
Anita Gurumurthy, IT For Change, India
Nanjira Sambuli, Webfoundation, Kenya
Geraldine de Bastion, Konnektiv

Moderator: Daniel Leisegang, Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik

The Internet has become a space of surveillance, control and censorship. Responsible are not only the corporations of Silicon Valley, but also state authorities and secret services. Here, the focus is usually on countries such as Russia, China or India. However, online surveillance and monitoring of citizens is also increasing massively in Western democracies.

How does digitalisation impact the Global South, with regards to both surveillance and to emancipation and development? How do these impacts differ from those in the North? How can the utopia of a democratic, open internet still be realised?

12:00 - 13:00

LUNCH BREAK

13:00
Building 1, Conference Hall

FOCUS 2
Live stream

Welfare state 4.0 – Security and solidarity amidst change

How can we ensure that more than just a privileged few have self-determined and socially secure work within digital capitalism?
How should the welfare state be updated so that it offers security to everyone over the course of their lives within a constantly changing world of work?
Does digital transformation require a new welfare state response that is less linked to gainful employment?

Debate
Anke Hassel, Director of the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI)
vs.
Hans-Peter Klös, Head of Science,  Cologne Institute for Economic Research

Moderator: Sandra Schulz

14:00 - 14:15

BREAK / ROOM CHANGE

14:15 - 15:45

PARALLEL FORUMS

14:15
Building 2, Room 6.01

FORUM 2.1

Digitalisation as driver of modernisation as regards the environment and climate change?

Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Tilman Santarius, Technical University Berlin

Moderator: Sabine Gillessen, D64

Digitalisation can unleash a new and necessary dynamic that can benefit the cause of environmental and climate protection. New digital technologies, smart data and artificial intelligence open up vast opportunities in the fields of environmental, resource and climate protection, which should aim to foster an environmental policy promoting ecological, social and economic renewal.

How can digitalisation become the driving force behind an environmentally sound modernisation of business, energy and mobility systems as well as agriculture and the circular economy?
How should environmental policy shape the regulatory framework ensuring that the risks of digitalisation are kept in check and that benefits for the environment, innovation and employment are optimised?
What are the building blocks of a progressive environmental and industrial agenda within the digital transformation which combine confidence and a spirit of optimism with security and orientation?

14:15
Building 1, Room 119

FORUM 2.2 [German only]

Digital platforms as cooperatives and digital project communities?

Jan-Felix Schrape, University of Stuttgart
Thomas Gegenhuber, Leuphana University Lüneburg
Magdalena Ziomek-Frackowiak, SMartDe

Moderator: Melanie Stein

Amazon, Facebook & Co. – a growing portion of our digital infrastructure is controlled by a small number of corporations. In the spirit of open innovation and sharing culture, digital project communities and the pioneers of digital cooperatives are forming a counterpole to the “Big Five”.

How can these actors survive in the face of the big digital players?
How can fair, democratic working conditions be created?

14:15
Building 1, Room 120

FORUM 2.3 [German only]

Agility and good work: how can they fit together?

Nadine Müller, ver.di – specialist on innovation and good work
Jürgen Kriependorf, work council, T-Systems International
Philipp Rautenberg, Improuv

Moderator: Kai Lindemann, DGB

Digitalisation is linked to increased stress and psychological strain at the workplace. The proponents of agile methods propose that limits must be imposed on working times – while employers and personnel managers often assert that agile means flexible and that working time laws are obsolete.

Can agility as a principle guiding the organisation of work contribute to the concept of good work?
What is the meaning of the principle of sustainable pace?

14:15
Building 1, Room 121/122

FORUM 2.4 [German only]

What might innovative working time policy and social security look like in the digital working world?

Christian Kellermann, IGZA 
Christina Schildmann, Hans Böckler Foundation

Moderator: Mareike Winkler, IGZA

Today's social insurance and social welfare systems already contain the building blocks of universal insurance, basic income and lifetime working time accounts. Against the backdrop of the rising productivity of the digital revolution, shorter working times and a new model of labour relations, the transformation of these elements into universalist institutions ensuring basic social security in combination with an individual degree of freedom to pursue additional income will become possible in the 21st century.

Has classic social security outlived its purpose?
Should it be replaced by the UBI?
Or would a welfare state 4.0 based on innovative working time models be more optimal?

14:15
Building 1, Conference Hall

FORUM 2.5
Live stream

Artificial intelligence and big data: the redundant human?

Manuela Lenzen, economics journalist, author
Lorena Jaume-Palasi, The Ethical Tech Society
Thomas Küchenmeister, Facing Finance e.V.

Moderator: Daniel Leisegang, Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik

In our digitalised world ever greater importance is being placed on artificial intelligence (AI). The consequences are drastic: on the one hand, “mechanical thinking” requires as much data about users as possible, resulting in a further concentration of power in internet corporations. On the other hand, decisions being made by algorithms are no longer comprehensible to end users.

What is driving the development of AI and what is the current status of development?
What consequences do AI and Big Data have on our lives and on politics?
Who takes responsibility when machines make crucial (life) decisions?

14:15
Building 2, Room 6.09

FORUM 2.6 [German only]

How prone to crisis is digital capitalism?

Aaron Sahr, Hamburg Institute for Social Research
Philipp Staab, University of Kassel / IGZA

Moderator: Eva-Maria Nyckel, Locating Media post-graduate programme, University of Siegen

The close proximity of the digital economy and the financial sector are often overlooked. This applies not only to investments and technology transfers, but also with respect to similarly structured business models and market developments.

Is the susceptibility to crisis of the financial market being reproduced in the commercial internet?
Where exactly do the economic risks of an online financial capitalism lie?

14:15
Building 2, Conference Hall

Forum 2.7

Is there socialist potential in digital capitalism?

Ole Erdmann, spw
Jan Dieren, Deputy Federal Chairman of JUSOS (Young Socialists in the SPD)
Janina Urban, DiEM25, Cologne

Moderator: Annika Klose, Juso Chairwoman Berlin

Not only has capitalism entered a new era under the banner of digitalisation. We must also explore the potential for developments that follow the logic of an economy centred around solidarity and systematic budgeting. 

To what extent can structural reforms serve such a logic in the course of digitalisation? To what extent must socialist perspectives be reconsidered with regards to the goals, paths and methods? To what extent should digital infrastructure be subjected to socialisation?

15:45 - 16:00

BREAK / ROOM CHANGE

16:00 - 17:30
Building 1, Conference Hall

Focus 3
Live stream

The smart city – nightmare or blessing?

What potential do new technologies have to foster emancipatory and participatory city and regional politics?
What kind of digital strategy can ensure that the people can democratically determine the future of their municipality?

16:00
Building 1, Conference Hall

KEYNOTE
Live stream

Francesca Bria, Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer, Barcelona City Council

16:15
Building 1, Conference Hall

PODIUM DISCUSSION
Live stream

Francesca Bria, Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer, Barcelona City Council
Joachim Schonowski, Head of Innovation Smart Sustainable Cities of Telekom AG
Lothar Schröder, Verdi
Saskia Esken, Member of Parliament

Moderator: Sandra Schulz

17:30 - 18:00

BREAK

18:00
Building 1, Conference Hall

CONCLUSION
Live stream

Can we harness digital capitalism to the benefit of all?

KEYNOTE

Susan Crawford, Harvard Law School
 

18:20
Building 1, Conference Hall

DISCUSSION
Live stream

Susan Crawford, Harvard Law School
Andrea Nahles, Party Leader of the SPD
Christiane Benner, Second Chairperson of IG Metall

Moderator: Sandra Schulz

19:30 - 21:00
Building 1, Conference Hall

RECEPTION

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