Barbara Costanzo, Vice President for Group Social Engagement at Deutsche Telekom AG
We help people navigate the web with confidence and follow democratic rules so that everyone can #TAKEPART.
#TAKEPART is all about equal participation in social, economic, and cultural life. Everyone should be able to make use of the opportunities the web offers us – bringing us closer to family and friends, making learning more enjoyable, improving health care, and ensuring better mutual understanding as a result of coming across different perspectives every day online. Our #TAKEPART brand campaign therefore also encourages greater tolerance when we interact with each other digitally. At the end of the day, EVERYONE should be able to participate in the knowledge and information society. As we see it, this also demands that people who have different opinions, sexual preferences, or customs are treated with respect online.
billion euros was invested in expanding our network in 2019.
On average, one kilometer of glass fiber costs about 70,000 euros.
It’s obviously not possible for everyone to have the latest smartphone and the plan with the largest data volume, but a fast internet connection and a modern mobile device that works properly should not be an unaffordable luxury. We therefore offer a whole host of different rate plans for every budget. The “Magenta Mobil Young” (website in German) rate plans for anyone under the age of 28 are just one example. We are also the only supplier in Germany to offer a subsidized rate for eligible customers. Recipients of BAföG student grants or unemployment benefits and those with severe disabilities, for example, can apply for the subsidized rate for their phone line. We also sell used, refurbished smartphones (website in German) that are in perfect technical condition at significantly reduced prices that make them affordable even to those on a tight budget. In addition to being cheaper, they’re good for the climate, too, because the manufacturing process accounts for around 75 percent of a smartphone’s CO2 emissions. Using smartphones for longer thus reduces emissions of greenhouse gases that harm the environment.
We want everyone on board as we head into the digital future. And that means going online should bring positive experiences and do no harm. Data security and data protection are top priorities for us. Navigating the web skillfully is equally important, though, so we promote media literacy among children, young people, and adults of all ages. They should all learn how to use digital media in a targeted, critical, responsible, and creative way. Here are a few examples of our commitment to media literacy in Germany:
The #DABEI-Geschichten portal forms part of the “Media, sure! But secure.” initiative and addresses the latest everyday digital issues, such as how to protect yourself against online harassment and bullying.
Under the “Media, sure! But secure.” umbrella, “Teachtoday” supports children, young people, parents, grandparents, and teaching professionals with practical everyday tips and materials.
The Scroller children’s media magazine uses methods geared specifically to children aged between 9 and 12 to improve their media literacy. It is available in both an interactive web version and a free print format.
In collaboration with BAGSOGoldenen Internetpreis (golden years internet award; website in German), which is presented to committed individuals who help older people use the web.– the German National Association of Senior Citizens’ Organizations – we promote media literacy among older people and support the
We are working closely with numerous initiatives, networks, and associations to improve digital participation. Here are a few examples of our cooperations in Germany:
This association offers online support to young people experiencing cyber-bullying, WhatsApp stress, and similar problems. In 2019, for example, we held joint cyber-bullying workshops with teachtoday.
These internet activists combat online hate comments. We make donations to support the project. In 2019, we were involved in a joint discussion session at IFA.
This team of reporters guards against deliberate fake news and is committed to promoting media literacy. We are supporting the creation of the “Reporterfabrik” web academy and holding joint workshops on various digital topics.
managerfragen.org is committed to open, fair, and direct dialog between members of the public and managers. Deutsche Telekom and managerfragen.org have developed a series of formats that are used at events to make people aware of web phenomena.
Gesicht Zeigen! (show your true colors) encourages people to stand up to xenophobia, racism, antisemitism, and violent far-right extremism. We have been supporting this organization for many years.