On 14th September 2021, the report of the UNESCO Internet Universality Indicators was presented in Germany as part of the 13th German Internet Governance Forum. The report was commissioned by the German Commission for UNESCO and implemented through the Leibniz Institute for Media Research/Hans-Bredow-Institute.
The UNESCO indicators provide a matrix to demonstrate the state of the internet in the sectors of respecting human rights, openness, accessibility, and multi-stakeholder participation. Germany is one of the first countries worldwide which submits such a report.
The report shows for the first time an overall picture of data for developing and using the internet in Germany, it outlines at the same time disparities. The study assesses the global situation of the internet in Germany overall as good. The majority of the population uses the internet on a daily basis (91 %). There are striking differences between internet users who work (96 %) and who are unemployed (68 %), people with higher and lower education background (96 % vs. 60 %), as well as the geographical distribution (stronger use in urban areas, lower use in rural areas). Systematic recommendation for action includes therefore reducing those discrepancies by developing internet usage competences in the education sector, at home and at work or through the expansion of a nationwide access to a quicker internet.
Dr. Regine Grienberger, Ambassador for Cyber Foreign Policy and Cyber Security at the Federal Foreign Office, Dr. Roman Luckscheiter, Secretary-General of the German Commission for UNESCO, and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz, Director of the Hans-Bredow-Institute, discussed with experts from UNESCO and from civil society the key findings and recommendations of the report.