Philipp Staab and Tilman Santarius: The Value of Public Goods in the Digital World

The pandemic has highlighted how dependent our life is on the internet and on digital platforms and services. The notion of the public good is alien to the digital world, however, in which the rules of the market and, in…

Philipp Staab and Tilman Santarius: The Value of Public Goods in the Digital World

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The pandemic has highlighted how dependent our life is on the internet and on digital platforms and services. The notion of the public good is alien to the digital world, however, in which the rules of the market and, in practice, often Silicon Valley make decisions as to which digital services citizens can access. What are the roles of digital public goods and infrastructure for a resilient, sustainable, fair and democratic society? What is the responsibility of the state for digital public good, but also where does state action reach its limits? What potential lies in civil society initiatives and alternative forms of organisation?

Philipp Staab is Professor at the Institute for Social Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin. Tilman Santarius is Professor at the Technical University of Berlin.

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