Learn and search on the way to e-democracy

Interview with Jorg Taususs.

Take the promise of "electronic democracy" forms? The new regulation of data protection should serve as a pilot project. Jorg Taususs, Bundestag Member of the SPD, belong to Cem Ozdemir (B90 / Grune) to the initiators of the project. In an interview he succeeds his ideas.

Why is the privacy reform requirements? Jorg Tussaus: The old data protection law comes from the seventies, from the times as still centralized data processing systems prevailed. There, classical data protection. Today we have capacities that correspond to the services of a grub of calculator from then, on any workplace, and the calculators are networked. That makes it necessary to facilitate development. In recent years, there has been a number of changes in recent years, both by the case-law as well as new laws, such as the Teleservices Protection Act. As a result, the Data Protection Act has become very unacceptable, and there has been a significant legal uncertainty in the field of data protection. Finally, the implementation of the EU Privacy Policy is progressing. So we have to modernize and cancel opposition. : What should privacy in future take into account? Jorg Tussaus: One goal is to make the law readable and leaner. On the other hand, we choose the privacy – and insofar he gets a new task – also as a competitive advantage. So we do not just want the personal rights of the burger to secure their informational self-determination; In parallel, it is important to consider how, for example, with e-commerce data protection and data security can be linked. So German and Europe have a different attitude compared to the Americans for privacy. Someone who buys the internet at an American company, of course, that he has no security as a consumer after local law. Conversely, however, he can trust that a company in Germany stops at the German or European standards. The competitive advantage says that the e-business can advertise with the slogan in the future: "We stick to the principle of confidentiality of the data." : What should bring the involvement of the new conception internet? Jorg Tussaus: There is currently a lot of transparency in politics under the keyword »electronic democracy« is discussed. We are segregated that a very specialist law, such as the Data Protection Act, offers good conditions that politicians are overlooking excipes from outside. I ame that all who are interested in data protection also have access to the network and track this debate can. Our considerations are sufficient to virtual hearings, which are not to be replaced by real hearings. About the publication of alleging opinions – also of lobbyists – should be transparent: how does this law arise? Where are possible conflict points? Over the conflicts then a dialogue to organize. For example, if the police say »Privacy is TATTER PROTECTION«. I did not want to wipe this flatly from the table, but I did not let it stand as a statement, but want to give the preachers the possibility to answer: "shows us an example where privacy has prevented it to grasp the tatter.«The dialogue could help because in my experience the stakeholders just in the field of privacy have hardly exchanged. Thus, the police argued to transfer the monitoring methods from the voice telephony to the IT area. Other viewpoints were not included. Conversely, computer scientists and privacy professionals rarely work with the worries of the police. The task of the basis of organizing a dialogue between the stakeholders, to bring him to a technical level and to save emotions after possibility. Ultimately, we want to win practical experience in the parliamentary area: how can such an initiative work? How does it rely on interest? How do we loose the technical problems? How should the dialogue be organized? Jorg Tussaus: We want, as I said, the positions unavailable. As part of the project, the software should then be set up so that it allows it to drove different dialogues. In addition to the virtual hearings, we will set up different discussion forums: those who are completely intended for the publicity, others in which password-protected discussed, but the debate can nevertheless be tracked by suburb. Last, there should be room for internal discussions where climbs can be made. Also this exchange should then be made transparent at the end. That’s the chance that the internet is easy. This is likely that normal Internet users can participate? Jorg Tussaus: Yes, of course. We have to see what resonance finds the project. We hope not from 15.To be killed 000 e-mails, but if many accumulate with outstanding comments, it is close to use them too. There are even interest from an online service that ranked to be involved in showing its users as such a law arises. We also target the audience. However, we do not think that data protection will cause a mass phanomena. : Do you know initiatives of political side that tried? Jorg Tussaus: No, this is new in Germany. I went that we will also be beamed by ministries. There you are waiting whether the project is successful. Then you were checked if the model lets other areas transfer. At the moment we are the pioneers. You have made experiences with an online discussion at the time of e-democracy. The approach was there to call people to discuss the questions at the time. The reactions were rather back. Jorg Tussaus: I guys, that depends on the procedure. For example, we have been published in the Bundestag for discussion, already published in the phase of its emergence. Then I left offensively went to a few newsgroups and have to say that I have made other experiences there. On the other hand, the time was waiting for you to come to her. In addition, the reactions also fall from topic on topic differently. For example, we already had chats in the Bundestag. Some were less successful, and otherwise – related – there was a very high participation. I think in this area we learn daily. From the time discussion, I have learned to not just under a period of comments. In addition, the discussion of the professionals should be concentrated on a short period of time. Who does not turn out, had bad luck. Finally, the discussion had to be opened faster for auxiliaries and left openly open. We are there all learners and seekers. (Patrick GoltzschTo)

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