It’s clear that “the sovereignty of the people” only works as long as the people are ready to play their part – and that’s just what the citizens of Athens did over 2,500 years ago. Democracy was to last for almost 200 years in Athens. This was followed by more than 2,000 years in which emperors, kings, and feudal lords controlled our destinies. It was in modern times that democracy was first rediscovered. Democracy was only to see its definitive victory after the Second World War. But it is still far from being a given.
Stopping massive bee death, introducing a speed limit of 130 km/h on German freeways, blocking plans for the intended upload filters – more and more people are regaining the sense that they can actively take part in politics and effectively influence their own lives – at home on the sofa, at the bus stop, or even from their hospital bed – and a click on the internet makes that possible. In the new edition of “We Care”, “My vote counts”, you will learn about the possibilities offered by digital democracy, what dangers are hiding around the corner, why the smartest way to protest is by voting, and what might happen if Europe were to break up.
Would you like to learn more about the subject together with friends? 1001 Truth tells true stories of our digital world – in German, English, and simple language – and provides suggestions on how to master the topics together. “Digital Democracy” includes subjects such as the difference between forming opinions and spin, as well as what each and every one of us can do to strengthen democracy in the age of the internet.
On the site https://www.medienabersicher.de/en/, Deutsche Telekom puts together resources to help people deal with the digital revolution safely and competently. Our Teachtoday initiative is aimed primarily at children, teens, parents, and grandparents, and promotes the safe use of media from an early age. The current feature dossier, “Co-determination,” provides information on democratic participation and co-determination online, scrutinizing its pros and cons, and risks and opportunities. Only those who know how the digital world works, the forces present within it, and the goals pursued by those forces are equipped to protect themselves effectively and use the opportunities that the internet offers for the benefit of our democracy and our freedom.