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Klaus Tochtermann

Director, ZBW-Leibniz Information Centre for Economics; Professor for Computer Science, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel


The current shift towards a global knowledge society is mainly driven by an extremely high innovation speed and a continuously growing penetration of new information technologies. The positive impact is tremendous: we can access huge treasures of digitally available knowledge, we can communicate with each other regardless of place and time, we can increase the global level of education, we can release new sources of growth etc.—and all this will contribute to an improved quality of life for all members of our global knowledge society.

However, if not directed towards the “right route” of change, if not made accessible to all, if not taking into account all dimensions of trust, privacy and security, many risks arise which in the end might even over-compensate the positive impact for our global knowledge society.

The world-wide financial crises in 2008 and 2009 is just a glimpse of what might happen, if we do not openly and controversially discuss different scenarios and do not deduce possible solutions from these scenarios. For such discussions fresh thinking, thinking out of the box in an open-minded and solution-oriented ambience is required. The Global Economic Symposium 2010 offers such an ambience. It brings together an unique community of keen thinkers, major decision makers and distinguished researchers. In 2010, this community will come together in Istanbul and will produce most innovative solutions which are both radically new and implementable. This makes the Global Economic Symposium different!

I am delighted to be one of the co-organizers of the Global Economic Symposium and to contribute with the ZBW-Leibniz Information Centre for Economics to this exciting and outstanding event. I wish you great success and look forward to your proposed solutions.

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