21 October 2014 – Today, Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs, opened the 8th National IT Summit, held under the motto “Working and living in digital change – together.innovative.independent ”. For this summit, high-ranking representatives from the political sphere, the business community and academia have gathered in the Hanseatic city of Hamburg to debate and discuss the core issues in the Federal Government’s “Digital Agenda 2014–2017”.

With its Chief Executive Officer Harald Lemke and Managing Director Patrick von Braunmühl, the SRIW is represented on the sub-working group 3 “Arbitration in the Digital World”, which is part of Working Group 5 “Responsibility and Protection in a Networked Society”. Working Group 5 is led by Ulrich Kelber, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV), and Martina Koederitz, General Manager of IBM Germany. The sub-working group based its deliberations on the “EU Directive on Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumer Disputes”. Under this Directive, Germany is obliged to ensure that consumers have broad access to simple, fast and uncomplicated low-cost out-of-court solutions to settle disputes. As a result of the discussions, the invited experts have drafted the Key Points of a Dispute Resolution Policy for the IT Sector, scheduled to be presented at the IT Summit 2014.