Digital society

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Digital Society eV

Digital society e. V. , or “digiges” for short, is a registered association based in Berlin that is committed to civil rights and consumer protection in the field of network policy . The association was founded in 2010.


The association, which was founded in 2010, is primarily involved in the area of fundamental rights and freedoms and advocates “an open culture of knowledge as well as extensive transparency and opportunities to participate in political decision-making processes.” The aim, according to the statutes, is “[a] fair and democratic participation for all People in the digital and networked age [to] "and" [...] rights and interests of consumers and citizens [to represent]. "

From this, the association derives two basic problems to be solved: On the one hand, it would like to set up a campaign infrastructure in order to "digitally think ahead" based on the experience of social movements and thus to advertise against or for certain laws, contracts or resolutions. On the other hand, the association wants to be an “effective advocacy group for digital civil and consumer rights”, for example to write opinions or to be present at hearings.


"Warning watch for ancillary copyright" in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin (March 2013)
Demonstration with the title "Yes We Scan" against the PRISM surveillance program at Checkpoint Charlieis in Berlin (June 2013)

Civil rights and consumer protection are the thematic basic areas of the Digitale Gesellschaft eV The topics of the association include mass surveillance, net neutrality , copyright , data protection , transparency and open data .

The association carries out classic, public campaign work to achieve its political goals. Together with other civil society organizations, he opposed the TTIP trade agreement and the data retention and storage of passenger data resolved by the grand coalition in 2015 . In addition, the association is promoting the abolition of liability for interference in open WLAN networks and a user-friendly reform of copyright law. Specific campaign websites are also created and advertised for certain campaigns.

As part of its thematic lobbying work, the association organizes demonstrations, holds the monthly "Internet Political Evening" (in Berlin's C-Base ) on network political issues in general, and plays a weekly radio program entitled "In digital society" on the Berlin radio station FLUX FM .


The association is strongly perceived and identified through its civil rights work and is quoted in the media when decisions are made by political decision-makers in Germany and the European Union. The association is also strongly perceived through one of its most famous members, Markus Beckedahl . He writes regularly about the work of the association in the network policy blog , which he founded .

Although the association was founded before the Pirate Party rose temporarily , the media linked the two events. Due to the fact that some members of the association also have or had a membership in Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen , the Digitale Gesellschaft e. V. as the "network political association of the Greens" - analogous to D64 (SPD) and cnetz (CDU / CSU). The association describes itself as independent of parties.


The registered association has its headquarters in Berlin , is recognized as a non-profit organization and, according to its own information, has around 35 members, whereby sponsoring members are now being recruited. A three-person, honorary board consisting of Volker Grassmuck, Rüdiger Weis and Benjamin Bergemann heads the association. According to the company, there are two full-time employees working in the office - a general manager and a political manager - as well as interns and assistants.

The founding members of Digitale Gesellschaft eV are primarily well-known in Berlin's network politics scene, including Markus Beckedahl , Andreas Gebhard , Falk Steiner , Matthias Mehldau , Andre Meister , Markus Reuter, Benjamin von der Ahe and Rüdiger Weis .

Web links

Commons : Digital Society  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Transparency ›Digital Society. In: Retrieved May 4, 2016 .
  2. ^ Articles of Association ›Digital Society. In: May 18, 2011, accessed May 4, 2016 .
  3. Idea ›Digital Society. In: Retrieved May 4, 2016 .
  4. Annual review 2014 (PDF, 3.2 MB) Digitale Gesellschaft eV, January 19, 2015, accessed on May 4, 2016 .
  5. TTIP: Frontal attack on European civil society ›Digital society. In: Retrieved May 4, 2016 .
  6. Defend a free society - stop VDS! ›Digital society. In: Retrieved May 4, 2016 .
  7. Stop the passenger data storage! ›Digital society. In: Retrieved May 4, 2016 .
  8. Eliminate WLAN interference liability ›Digital society. In: Retrieved May 4, 2016 .
  9. Petition: Right to Remix ›Digital Society. In: Retrieved May 4, 2016 .
  10. Oliver Wolff: Vectoring: Technical progress or a brake on fiber optic expansion? | Politics digital. In: April 28, 2016, Retrieved May 4, 2016 .
  11. Network politicians from the coalition for changes in the WLAN law. In: Zeit Online. December 3, 2015, accessed May 4, 2016 .
  12. SPIEGEL ONLINE, Hamburg Germany: Copyright agreement: Why Acta belongs in the trash. In: SPIEGEL ONLINE. Retrieved May 4, 2016 .
  13. Re: publica celebrates the outcry. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung Online. May 8, 2013, accessed May 4, 2016 .
  14. Christoph Seils : Protest organization Campact - The outrage machine. (No longer available online.) In: Cicero Online. September 30, 2015, archived from the original on May 4, 2016 ; accessed on May 4, 2016 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  15. Simon Forst: Being offline as a statement? In: February 29, 2016, accessed May 4, 2016 .
  16. ^ SPIEGEL ONLINE, Hamburg Germany: "D64": German web celebrities founds internet association. In: SPIEGEL ONLINE. Retrieved May 4, 2016 .
  17. Michael König and Johannes Kuhn: What CNetz, D64 and Digiges want. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung Online. April 5, 2012, accessed May 4, 2016 .
  18. Network activists celebrate Acta rejection. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung Online. July 4, 2012, Retrieved May 4, 2016 .
  19. a b FAQ ›Digital Society. In: Retrieved May 4, 2016 .
  20. Preliminary certificate of non-profit status. (PDF, 868 kB) Tax Office for Corporations I, July 13, 2011, accessed on May 4, 2016 .
  21. Our employees ›Digital society. In: Retrieved May 4, 2016 .
  22. Network community founds digital society. In: Zeit Online. April 11, 2011, accessed May 4, 2016 .
  23. Members ›Digital Society. In: Retrieved May 4, 2016 .