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The Weizenbaum Institute launches new open access journal

The digitalization of society has many facets: It includes the transformation of the world of work, new forms of learning, the transformation of public space through digital media and platforms, changes in how democracies work,…

Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society


COST Action People in Motion: understanding the impact of COVID-19 on our societies

Throughout history, pandemics have been identified as causing a specific impact on the evolution of societies, triggering different social behaviours in urban environments. The current context of the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception and affects the way our identities continue to develop. As the COVID-19 crisis forces academics to re-organise scientific activity, historians and social scientists are now sharing their insights into the current crisis which adds a new page to the history of pandemics in our societies.

European Cooperation in Science and Technology


Understanding the risks of indoor pollutants: INDAIRPOLLNET

While people spend 80 to 90% of their time indoors, it is not common knowledge that this is where we receive most of our exposure to air pollution. As our indoor activities have significantly increased in the current context of the pandemic, it is essential to better grasp in what circumstances the concentration of air pollutants could be higher indoors than outdoors. This is the purpose of COST Action “Indoor Air Pollution Network” (INDAIRPOLLNET) that specifically focuses on improving our understanding of the cause of high concentration of indoor air pollutants.

European Cooperation in Science and Technology


Ende einer Ära am HBI: Uwe Hasebrink im Ruhestand

Uwe Hasebrink hat das Institut nach innen und außen entscheidend geprägt und in zahlreichen internationalen Kooperationsprojekten die Kommunikationswissenschaft, vor allem die Mediennutzungs- und –wirkungsforschung, folgenreich vorangebracht. Auch die Bereiche Jugendmedien-, die Radio- und Journalismusforschung sowie…

Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut



COST scientists turn to genomics – digging for solutions to beat plant parasites, helping farmers protect their valuable crops. Keeping crops healthy is a costly business for farmers worldwide. Plant parasitic nematodes or roundworms are responsible for global agricultural losses estimated at over $ 100 000 million annually.

European Cooperation in Science and Technology


Almost half of the internet users receive misinformation on the coronavirus

Almost half of the adult online users in Germany (46%) state that they have seen false or misleading information about Covid-19 within one week. The greatest concerns about encountering false information about the coronavirus are towards Facebook (28%) and messenger apps (14 %) as well as towards activists as senders (31%). Journalistic actors play only a minor role from the respondents’ point of view (6%). These are the results of the Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2021, for which the Leibniz Institute for Media Research in Hamburg conducted the German part of the study. The study is based on 92,372 respondents from 46 countries on six continents.

Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut


Digital sovereignty in Africa. German Federal President Steinmeier in dialogue with experts from 14 African countries

On 24 June 2021, German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be attending the “Toward an African Narrative on Digital Sovereignty” research sprint via a live online connection. Together with the participants, he will talk about new solutions for Africa’s digital economy in order to realise the national and individual interests of the continent’s citizens. The sprint is part of the “Ethics of Digitalisation” research project at the Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC). The Federal President is the patron of the project.

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society