The Initiative D21, Germany’s largest charitable network for the digital society, sponsored by Deutsche Telekom, and its Digital Index 2018/2019, confirmed that the degree of digitalization in Germany has continued to rise compared to last year. The index shows that the proportion of people outside the digital bubble has dropped by 4 percent since 2017. Over the same period, the group of people at the leading edge of digital progress has grown by three percent. Nonetheless, there are still major differences between various sections of the population. 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 ICTuse. We develop our own offers and support partner initiatives with our expertise in this area. In doing so, we always set specific targets – whether for ourselves or in collaboration with our partners.
As we work toward giving as many people as possible the opportunity to participate in the digital world, we set the following focal points for our commitment:
We have taken on the task of driving forward the social discussion on digital responsibility. To do this, we participate in various alliances and partnerships such as the “Corporate Digital Responsibility” initiative run by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection. We also want to work with our stakeholders to continue developing our guidelines for working responsibly with artificial intelligence, which we published in 2018. We emphasize our commitment as a member of the Charter of Digital Networking.
If the digitalization process is to succeed, it is vital that people have faith in the confidentiality of their personal data. Data protection and data security are top priorities for us. However, handling personal data with due care and attention is also an important element. We promote this approach through our online advice portal sicherdigital.de and a focus topic in our sustainability magazine “We Care”, for example. In addition, our website “Media, sure! But secure.” pools various initiatives with the aim of promoting responsible and critical interaction with media and to thereby improve participation of people in the digital world.In addition, we revised our Social Media principles in 2019 supporting our goal to ensure a respectful and appreciative dialogue both within the company and outside, as well as a communication culture that reflects this.
With our expertise, we support projects and initiatives that offer digital solutions for social challenges:
“Teachtoday” is part of our initiative “Media, sure! But secure.” focused on promoting safe, proficient media use for children and young people, parents and teaching professionals and offers practical and everyday tips and materials. One example is the free children’s magazine “Scroller”. The children’s media magazine published by Deutsche Telekom’s Teachtoday initiative addresses important issues related to learning with digital media and encourages children to help shape the digital world themselves.
Our commitment also encompasses the following:
The Deutsche Telekom Stiftung carries out numerous initiatives and projects that cover the full range of institutional education and utilize countless activities and programs to boost achievement in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).