Digitalisation, understood as the dissemination and introduction of digital technologies, is currently one of the megatrends that are shaping the economy, society and politics to a very great extent. It is no coincidence that people often talk about a digital revolution. This digital revolution has changed our everyday life in many areas. When we think about how we work today, how we learn today, how we communicate today, with whom we communicate today, which media we choose, how we buy, sell, consume, how we inform ourselves, which information we obtain and which we use, how we educate ourselves politically, how we form a political will. These are all things that have changed to a very great extent in recent years and decades under the influence of digitisation. First and foremost, I see this digitisation in a very positive light, namely as an extension of human scope for action. Almost everything that we were able to do in all the past analogue eras, we are still able to do today. However, we have acquired many, many more opportunities. Opportunities that extend our scope for action. This also has its burdens and its dark sides, which it can definitely have. The permanent availability of information can lead to the fact that one feels obliged to be constantly informed. We can think, keyword filter bubble, of possible dangers regarding a very one-sided information, of communication only with like-minded people, of encapsulating oneself in certain world views. These are certainly shadow sides and dangers that are also connected with digitalisation. Essentially, however, I repeat, for me it means an extension of the scope for action.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Görgen
since 2008 Professor at the German Police University (Münster) and Head of the Department of Criminology and Interdisciplinary Crime Prevention
Study of psychology at the University of Trier
Research assistant at the University of Trier, the Justus Liebig University of Gießen and the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (Hanover)
Lectureships at various police and public universities
Current research interests include: political extremism / radicalisation / prevention of radicalisation; violent crime; victimisation in vulnerable populations; crime prevention strategies and approaches