October 18, 2016
New instruments and technologies of societal guidance presently evolve in the area of „intelligent“ communication and telematic infrastructures. Modem democratic societies become knowledge societies by means of qualitatively new roles for knowledge, expertise and imbedded intelligence. Creating a knowledge-based infrastructure presents two distinct policy problems: Is it a legitimate endeavor? If it is, in which way is politics supposed and able to create that infrastructure? The basic hypothesis of the paper is that a new kind of private-public cooperation is the major precondition for creating the implied „collateral goods“ for the knowledge society.