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The Policy Lab

The Policy Lab Digital, Work & Society is a new organisational unit within the “Digitalisation and the Labour Market Department” at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

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    Platform economy

    Online platforms help organize and delegate labour to complete specific tasks in a manner which promises to increase in productivity and efficiency, as well as expand the horizons of those employed by the platform. What differentiates the platform economy from other economic sectors, and what risks and opportunities does it present?

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    Artificial intelligence

    With an Artificial Intelligence strategy, Germany and Europe should become a leading location for the development and application of AI technologies. The goal is the commonsense and human-centered design of the technology. This requires an overall social dialogue.

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    Power and cooperation

    The Policy Lab Digital, Work & Society of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is launching a new one-year programme focusing on how power structures and cooperation structures are shifting in the course of society's digital transformation.

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Events

Overview of the up and coming events

  • Berlin

    Nachtschicht on the focus climate

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    Nachtschicht on the focus money

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  • Berlin

    Nachtschicht on the focus media

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  • Berlin

    Nachtschicht on the focus technology

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  • Berlin

    Nachtschicht on the focus gender

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What is the Policy Lab about?

The Policy Lab Digital, Work & Society from the BMAS has started work in October 2018. It is a new, interdisciplinary and agile organisational unit that observes technological, economic and social trends and helps to shape change together with academia, business and social partners.

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Quotes

  • Power and Cooperation

    »The spread of communication technologies on the worldstage will, above all, ensure that states and institutions lose a part of their of their power to the citizens.«

    Eric Schmidt, 2013
  • Power and Cooperation

    »Power corresponds to the human ability not just to act but to act in concert. Power is never the property of an individual; it belongs to a group and remains in existence only so long as the group keeps together.«

    Hannah Arendt, 1970
  • Artificial Intelligence

    »Interaction is more powerful than algorithm.«

    Yvonne Hofstetter, 2014
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