Digital Enlightenment Now!

By Tim Cole
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How the Internet is making us better and smarter and in the process changing just about everything around us!

During the Enlightenment of the 18th century societies in Europe threw of oppressive regimes, freed cities from the bondage of the medieval estate-based society, and defined a set of basic human rights that helped shape their sense of self to this day.

Today, we as citizens of an increasingly digitized and networked world are in a similar situation. We, too, need the muster the confidence and creativity to rethink rules, values and categories that define our society and the courage to dare to think for ourselves, as Immanuel Kant, the father of modern Enlightenment, demanded in his famous dictum “sapere aude!”


Tim Cole, an American expatriate who has lived and worked in Germany for more than 40 years, is an experienced journalist and columnist and one of the leading experts on the Internet Economy and social media in Europe. A well-known keynote speaker, his opinion pieces and interviews have appeared in virtually every major business publication and national newspaper in Germany, including ´Capital`, ´Süddeutsche Zeitung`, ´Die Welt` and ´Financial Times Deutschland`. Together with his friend and co-writer, Ossi Urchs, he anchored the television series ´eTalk`, for n-tv, the German CNN affiliate which featured prominent studio guests from leading international IT, telecommunications, technology and Internet enterprises. In 2004, Tim Cole co-founded the analyst group KuppingerCole, which specializes in Identity Management and Digital Security issues. He is the best-selling author of numerous books dealing with the future of the networked economy and business transformation. Go to profile