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The construction of artificial intelligence – HIIG investigates the institutionalization and imagination of AI

How did AI become what it is today? HIIG is launching two international research projects that examine the hype and institutionalisation of AI over the past ten years. Thanks to extensive funding by the DFG and international partner organizations, the team will be able to investigate the interplay of technical, political, and media construction of AI in six different countries.


International researchers call for accountability and transparency regarding algorithmic content moderation

“The Ethics of Digitalisation” project has completed its first research sprint and published three policy briefs, calling for more transparency and accountability concerning algorithmic content moderation. The Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC) joint project is under the patronage of the German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and funded by Stiftung Mercator. The initiative brings ethics to the forefront of the debate around platforms and their handling of content.


Politics, Instability and Anachronisms: Media Regulation in Israel

With a myriad of authorities treading on each other’s toes, the Israeli media regulation is marred by unnecessary duplications, ambiguous enforcement and a waste of public funds, according to the new Media Influence Matrix report by the Center for Media, Data and Society.

Center for Media, Data and Society


Global dialogue on the ethics of digitalisation

Today, under the patronage of the Federal President of Germany, HIIG is launching a worldwide research project Berlin, 17 August 2020 – Today, in Schloss Bellevue, German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be presiding over…


AlgorithmWatch Study debunks Facebook’s GDPR Claims

A new study published by AlgorithmWatch in cooperation with the European Policy Centre and the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Information Law shows that the GDPR needn’t stand in the way of meaningful research access to platform data; looks to health and environmental sectors for best practices in privacy-respecting data sharing frameworks.

Institute for Information Law (IViR)


Exhibition in Berlin shows future visions of the digital society

What happens when scientists imagine the future of our digital society? How will we work, live, love, learn and rule in the year of 2040? What will our world look like two decades from now? The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) now invites interested citizens, scientists and journalists to explore these questions at the twentyforty exhibition.


Funding Journalism in Israel: Secrecy and Political Influence

Unusual opacity is the most salient characteristic of the media system in Israel, where the involvement of political figures in media operation raises serious concerns. Digital media see their advertising revenue growing sharply while print advertising continues its dramatic decline, according to a new report published today by the Center for Media, Data and Society.

Center for Media, Data and Society