What makes us a reliable partner in the digital world
Digital technologies have penetrated German society like never before. This is shown in the D21 Digital Index 2017, which is promoted by Deutsche Telekom. However, the index also shows that with respect to the use of digital technologies, there are big differences between individual groups in society. Having access to modern information technologies is the basis for the ability to participate in the knowledge and information society. We are committed to ensuring that everyone, regardless of age, background or education, can participate in digital society. That is why we are continuing to rapidly expand our infrastructure and improve transmission speeds with new, secure technology. At the same time, we use our social initiatives to reduce potential obstacles to ICT use. To this end, we contribute our core expertise as an international ICT corporation. We develop our own offers and support partner initiatives with our expertise in this area. We have specific goals in this aspect, for ourselves as well as for our partners.
Our activities focus on the following:
Reliable partner in the digital world
The only way to effectively shape the digitalization process is in collaboration with the worlds of business, politics and society. We have made a commitment to promoting social dialog and are active in collaborations and partnerships to facilitate this dialog. By signing the Charter of Digital Networking we emphasize our commitment.
If the digitalization process is to succeed, it is vital that people have faith in the confidentiality of their personal data. Data privacy and data security are our highest priority, which is why we support the conscious and safe handling of personal data, for example with our online guide sicherdigital.de.
The question of whether and how information and news on the Internet can be identified as "true” is also vital to ask. We have addressed this subject internally on our activity day "1001 truths - trust and opinion-forming online".
With our expertise, we support projects and initiatives that offer digital solutions for social challenges:
- We are a member of the association Deutschland sicher im Netz e. V. [DSiN] (Making Germany Safe on the Net), which serves as a central point of contact for IT security and data protection issues.
- In the context of DsiN, we support the Digital Neighborhoodproject, which trains people to be volunteer IT ambassadors.
- With the virtual reality game "Sea Hero Quest VR", we are making a contribution to dementia research.
- In the context of our corporate volunteering activities, our employees are participating in helping refugees to learn the German language online through the program eStart. Further, they spark children's interest for STEM subjects as reading tutors and mark wheelchair friendly locations on an online map wheelmap.org.
We are also working to further improve access to modern information technology. Within the scope of the Telekom@School initiative, we therefore offer general and vocational schools throughout Germany free Internet access up to 16 Mbit. Connections at higher speeds are available to schools at significantly reduced prices.
We also offer special rates to enable low-income customers and people with disabilities to make phone calls and surf the web at reasonable prices. More than one million customers in Germany take advantage of these special plans each year.
- "Teachtoday" is our initiative promoting safe, competent use of media. It supports children, young people and parents as well as teachers by offering hands-on tips and materials.
- The free children’s magazine „Scroller“ by the Teachtoday initiative encourages children to think about how they use media and learn to co-create the digital world.
- We strengthen competence in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics with a number of measures and programs. Many of these projects are supported by the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung foundation.
- Along with four other foundations, the Deutsche Telekom Foundation is a supporter of the "Education and Digitalization Forum" that intends to improve equality with digital media education.http://www.forumbd.de/
- With its "Yes, I can!" initiative, Deutsche Telekom Stiftung supports projects and organizations that help socially and educationally disadvantaged young people improve their personal and media skills.
- We are also involved in the Digital-Kompassproject, which offers volunteers a platform to help seniors navigate the Internet.
- Along with the Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Senioren-Organisationen (BAGSO, German Association of Senior Citizens' Organizations), we support the media literacy of older people and also support the "Golden Internet Award" for competent internet users age 60 and up. In this context, Deutsche Telekom awarded the special prize "Letting ideas grow" in 2017 to a special project that is now being supported in its implementation.