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06.04.2021

“Data Sovereignty” vs “Free Flow of Data”: a polarized policy debate is dangerous for our digital future, warns new I&JPN Report

Data is everywhere and it is an increasingly valuable asset for firms, governments, and society at large. Due to its importance, it is no surprise that the issue is high on international policy agendas. However, a growing polarization in policy debates hampers constructive ways forward to handle the massive amounts of data across borders, which now underpin almost all human activities.

Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network

10.03.2021

Digital Lecture Hall – Studying in Times of Corona Weizenbaum study on acceptance of technology-mediated learning

How did students experience the digital university semester in summer 2020? Gergana Vladova and Norbert Gronau from the Weizenbaum Institute, together with associated researchers André Ullrich and Benedict Bender (both from the University of Potsdam), investigated students’ experiences with technology-mediated learning. To this end, the researchers conducted a longitudinal study at four German universities in the summer semester of 2020. The results show that the acceptance of technology-mediated learning depends on the disciplines and declined over the course of the semester.

Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society

04.03.2021

The critical infrastructure of democracy: lecture series “Making Sense of the Digital Society” continues

Political parties and free media are essential for the proper functioning of representative democracies. For some time now, however, these institutions have been subject to major structural change. As part of the series Making Sense of the Digital Society, Jan-Werner Müller discusses what the changes in this critical infrastructure mean for the effective exercise of fundamental rights as well as for the relationship between citizens and the political system. We invite all interested parties to participate in the online event On Wednesday, 9 March, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., via livestream on hiig.de

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

04.02.2021

Platform Governance: New research network fosters global cooperation

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and its partners are looking to develop a global research network with the aim of bringing scientific expertise more strongly into the discussion and to make a set of debates, which are often centered around Europe and the USA, more global. In March, HIIG and its collaborators will organize a conference seeking to both bring together cutting edge interdisciplinary academic work on all things platform and kickstart a grass-roots network of researchers that spans academia and civil society.

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

09.12.2020

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.

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

07.12.2020

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.

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

26.11.2020

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

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