Digitization Potential for Germany

May 28, 2020

This paper turns to the megatrend of technology-driven digitization looking for central future growth factors. For some selected policy areas - labor market, research and development, education and qualification as well as public administration – it is firstly assessed what the status and potentials of digitalization in Germany are and what first Corona-driven changes can be observed. Secondly, some detailed derivations for local, state and federal politics are formulated, what needs for action have become even clearer in the crisis and what opportunities can be derived from this with a courageous exploitation of digitization potentials. The focus is on the importance of invention, innovation and digital infrastructures as enablers for future growth. It can be shown how the core of the Corona crisis can trigger a boost for the digitization of numerous fields of action in economic, educational and social policy. However, it should also be made clear in which specific cases the requirements for a successful digital transformation have to be improved and also where they still have to be created in some cases.