INFORMATION BOX on socio-technological developments
In order to better understand the tectonics through socio-technological developments, it is worth taking a closer look at the informational level:
Social and political innovations in the digitalized society
The current structures and algorithms (including a number of legal codes) were shaped in favor of a few particular interests in a pyramid of path dependencies that now appear so complex and manifested (see Pistor, 2019 ) and secured in resilient protective spaces that it no longer seems possible for the majority of people to reconquere an "aesthetic" distribution, a "golden ratio" in the distribution of resources, wealth and opportunities in the short to medium term.
At the same time, however, technological innovations in the areas of information processing and networked communication have democratized and opened more or less open spaces for emancipatory information infrastructures for the production, prosumption, distribution, analysis and automation of information, information processing, knowledge and opinion so that traditional powers have shifted - at least a bit.
Despite all the "side effects" on today's information society that such socio-technological changes bring with them, these emancipatory technologies and emancipatory information infrastructures form an important basis for a "level playing field" and open governance with open information access for negotiation and to strive for the creation and development of self-efficacy and self-determination .
Emancipatory technologies and emancipatory information infrastructures must therefore be understood as a "public matter", as a "res publica'' and even as a "public operating system" and must be written into cinstitutional rights. In particular the role that state technologies and information infrastructures as well as officially certified information as open data play. For example, in the context of open governance, open government, open parliament and open justice. Or as the OECD calls it: Open State.
No end to enlightenment
On the one hand, the Internet, WWW and mass-produced hardware pose challenges for societies to intelligently use the consequences of technology for the good; However, they have also created symmetries in communication and democratized the means of production, thereby once again generating a great emancipatory momentum in human development, which has expanded (information- and network-)societies and enabled new forms of participation and governance.
From the opportunities to work together efficiently and inclusively, to base decisions through better access to information, to base one's own data collection and analyzes on evidence and to align self-efficacy with this, to substantiate interests with facts, to better opportunities to oversee actions in the public interest, the technological developments have created potential for emancipatory (information-)infrastructures and social and political innovations. These must be taken up and developed to meaningfully benefit the common good. The basis for this is a systematic openness for open governance.
In addition, the massive collection of structured and unstructured information and meta-information as well as (cloud-based and scalable) computing power has increased a dimension of transparency that goes beyond cultural transparency (entities open to other entities) and transparency as an optical material property brings a systemic transparency to light: Possibilities of powerful analysis and visualization reveal signals and patterns in complex relationships that were previously hidden.
Furthermore, in intelligent networking, by linking data and information and describing them in metadata and persistent identifiers as well as through computing by language models, image- and audio-analyzes and search algorithms, extended and and allow new contextual relationships more easily than before and these can also be quantified. Time also loses - at least theoretically - its causal effect on the loss of information in digitally stored information and fits better into the contextualizability.
New focus shift
The depth of detail, sampling rate and focus range of linked data and information can also be varied through digitized hierarchy based on the factors mentioned above, which can certainly have an impact on pattern formation and contexts and thus on the creation of meaning.
Overall, data can be organized more easily into information and different areas of knowledge and viewed from different perspectives in at least five-dimensional knowledge graphs to create meaning: three dimensions of context, the dimension of level of detail and the dimension of time - as well as other dimensions of the mathematical derivations .
Emancipatory information infrastructures
These non-cultural forms of transparency and knowledge organization mentioned above should be possible for everyone. This requires the promotion of these emancipatory information infrastructures and technologies for everyone. They represent part of a further emancipation of the sovereign and an individual and provide the basis for objectification, beyond faith and ideology.
Therefore, the enablement of these infrastructures can be interpreted as anchored in fundamental rights (see “State output as an objective dimension of the fundamental right to freedom of information”: “The “generally accessible sources” of Article 5 of the german constitution (Grundgesetz) flow into central storage basins, from here they are transported through narrow channels and locks. In the interest of all fundamental communication rights under Article 5 Paragraph 1 of the constitution, this flow should be as free as possible," Maximilian Petras https://informationsfreiheit.pubpub.org/pub/853kuwbj/release/1)
Cognitive dimension of democracy
Until now, the legal-organizational dimension of decision-making has been the focus of consideration of a form of government - except in philosophy. The experiences of recent years with, for example, the misuse of social media, media economic deviances, misinformation (coupled with spyware) and political behavioural economics are bringing a cognitive dimension of democracy into greater focus. How signifieds, signifiers and empty signifiers are endowed with meaning and contextualized or framed and perceived into meaning has changed significantly. The consideration of the above-mentioned influencing factors on information processing into knowledge as well as the importance of valid data and verified information, especially officially certified or scientifically proven ones, as well as the provenance of information, has therefore become even more important to the state.