The Neuland Interviews # 4: Green Hope Digitization


In the Neuland interviews by c’t and heise online, we talk to the six parties represented in the Bundestag about their program for the Bundestag election. In the interviews, each lasting around an hour, the digital policy spokespersons answer questions on digital policy issues: How do you intend to drive the expansion of broadband and 5G? Who can participate in the European GAIA-X cloud? Will students be taught by AI programs in the future? Do the police and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution keep security gaps open for state Trojans? And what exactly is this blockchain that start-ups and investors are cheering about?

We recorded the interviews over the past two weeks and publish one conversation every day. After the interviews with the CDU / CSU, the Left and the SPD, Konstantin von Notz, Deputy Leader of the Greens in the Bundestag, is a guest today. At the end of the interview series, editors from c’t and heise will speak online on Sunday, September 5th, about the positions of the parties.

Saving the climate with the latest technology without people having to restrict themselves, the Greens try their hand at this balancing act election program. Konstantin von Notz does not want to promise the voters too much, for example when it comes to longer warranty periods, faster digitization of schools or the withdrawal of security laws of the grand coalition.

In an interview with c’t and heise online he emphasizes the importance of Europe and rejects national solo efforts, for example when the warranty is extended to five years, as the left demands: “You will never get a five-year warranty, so that’s unfair to promise the people that in the election manifesto. ”

When it comes to digitizing schools, the Greens are the only one of the six big parties that reject the introduction of computer science as a compulsory subject. Von Notz considers the demand to be unenforceable: “Education is a federal task. You can decide what you want at the federal level: If the states don’t want to do that, it won’t fly.”

Von Notz was pessimistic as to whether the Greens would use political means to recapture the state Trojans of the grand coalition in the coming legislature: “Reversing laws is a complicated matter. […] For that you pay an extremely high price. “He considers his lawsuit before the Federal Constitutional Court to be more promising.

Von Notz regards the use of Trojans by the police as less of a problem, since higher standards and legal requirements apply there than with secret services. Nevertheless, the state should not buy up any security gaps and keep them open.

The Neuland interviews # 4: Konstantin von Notz explains the Greens’ digital policy plans.

You can watch the full interview here in the video player or on Youtube with an associated topic timeline for quick navigation. We are also making the conversations available as a podcast.

You can also find “reaction videos” on YouTube that were created shortly after the interviews and also refer to the various conversations and situations.

In line with the interviews, you can read a focus on the federal election with extensive analyzes and evaluations of the digital political programs of the six major parties in the current c’t issue 19/2021:

In c’t 19/2021 we build a tailor-made server, compare 60 processors in our large CPU guide and dedicate ourselves to the upcoming federal election: How do the parties feel about data protection, surveillance and digital sovereignty? Also in the booklet: Make cheap international calls with the Fritzbox, manage hotspots with OpenWRT and import PDF tables into Excel. You will find issue 19/2021 from August 27th in Heise shop and at the well-stocked newspaper kiosk.

We have also examined the election programs of the parties that are expected to be represented in the new Bundestag in a nine-part series on heise online, based on important topics:


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