Is "Big Data" a curse or a blessing? This question was the focus of the 11th Business +/- Ethics Dialogue, which took place on 28.11.2018 at the Catholic Social Institute (KSI) in Siegburg. More than 40 participants took part in the interactive panel discussion, which was jointly organized by the KSI Siegburg and IUBH University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef in cooperation with the Bonn / Rhein-Sieg Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the University of Bonn.
In an intense and active session, panel members discussed the effects of increasing data collection. As a representative of the business community Michael Finkler, Managing Director of proALPHA Business Solutions in Weilerbach, stated that “as a company we have to be involved with development and cannot afford to leave the field to others”. Oliver Zöllner, Professor of Media Research and Director of the Institute for Digital Ethics in Stuttgart addressed the role of consumers in his remarks, and explained that Big Data “has led to more convenience…” and that “…new visions must (will) be developed for the future”. Alexander Trinkler, a student at IUBH, pointed out that Big Data is much more than just "collecting Payback points" and asked the question with regard to current developments, for example in China, whether we really wanted to live in such a "perfect” society here in Germany? All participants agreed that it is difficult to make long-term prognoses for the future and that an ethical framework at an international level would be very desirable.
Against the backdrop of upcoming Brexit and European elections next year, the next Business+/-Ethics Dialogue in November 2019 will focus on the future of the European Economic Area.