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The Movement for Digitalization and Sustainability

originated in Berlin from B&B-Conference 2018


Forum Bits & Bäume 2019

About the series of discussions / discussion session

For more than two years, the Forum Bits & Bäume offers an open discussion space in order to focus more on the sustainable design of digitization and to introduce scientific and civil society issues and demands into the political discourse. The events will be conducted in dialogue formats with active workshop elements in order to develop concrete policy proposals and design options and prepare them for public and political debates.

Next events

  • January 27th, 2019 in Berlin

Current event

Ecological digital tax

Which political instruments make digitalization fit for the future?

Digitalization and climate protection - two hot potatoes whose political design is currently the subject of much debate. The main subject of discussion is an old acquaintance: Taxes. A digital tax, so that digital corporations can contribute to the financing of public tasks. A CO2 tax or extended emissions trading to reduce climate-damaging emissions. In the second forum, Bits & Bäume, the two challenges of digitalization and climate will be considered together. How can taxes and other instruments in the digital economy develop an ecological steering effect? Are concepts such as the CO2 tax sufficient or do we need separate instruments? Do we need a CO2 tax for the digital world or a tax on data traffic in addition to national instruments?

January 27th, 2020 / 4-7 pm

at the Einstein Center Digital Future
Wilhelmstraße 67, 10117 Berlin

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Past Events

Artificial intelligence for sustainable development?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is currently in the limelight and raises many questions about economic policy, ethical, social and ecological expectations and implementation potential. At the first forum, Bits & Bäume, we discussed fundamental aspects: What can AI contribute to the transformation of society towards sustainability? What are the application examples that enable the use of AI for ecological or social objectives? What are policy options to ensure that AI applications serve the common good?

September 10th, 2019

at the Einstein Center Digital Future
ilhelmstraße 67, 10117 Berlin

A discussion paper on the event is currently being enriched with the results of the first forum and will soon appear here in updated form.

The Forum Bits & Bäume is organized by the scientific research group "Digitization and Sustainability" of the Institute for Ecological Economy Research and TU Berlin in cooperation with the Einstein Center Digital Future and other changing partners. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the Social-Ecological Research (SÖF) funding priority.