When the German federal government launched the digital agenda in 2014, it intended to set the course for digital change in Germany in order to assume a leading role as a powerful and innovative economy because the digitalisation of society and economy is a prerequisite for this. Digital technologies are crucial for innovation and they boost in productivity. This is the only way to drive economic growth while protecting jobs even in the future. What’s more, it must be possible for both companies and individuals to move around freely on the net and to shape the web. For companies, this means that they must develop new business models and drive innovation. Citizens should be able to use digital offerings and services in their private and professional lives and to integrate them into everyday life.

These are the topics addressed by the digital agenda. The three principles – growth and employment, trust and security, as well as access and inclusion – are the cornerstones of the federal government’s paper which also contains letters of intent on issues of web policy.

Politics is thus setting the scene for all areas affected by digitalisation, such as learning, the working world, the economy and the preconditions for equitable inclusion in digital change for all.