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Expansion of research on digitalization: CAIS becomes an institute with long-term funding

The Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) in Bochum will receive long-term funding from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia from April 2021 and will be expanded into a central research institute. Minister-President Armin Laschet and Minister for Culture and Science Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen will formally communicate the decision to CAIS Director Prof. Dr. Michael Baurmann on 6 May 2021. CAIS will run four research programs to explore digital transformation in all its facets. The state will support the new research institute with an initial 2.1 million euros in 2021, and an annual six million euros in the final phase starting in 2024.

Center for Advanced Internet Studies


#UseTheNews study: young people often have no connection to the reality of their own lives in journalistic news

A nationwide study by the #UseTheNews project reveals a deep information gap in the upcoming generation: about half of the young people do not consider it important to be informed about news and current events. At the same time, they are significantly less informed than their peers who also regularly use journalistic news sources. However, journalistic offers are only one of many sources of the information they use. These are the results of the #UseTheNews study “News Usage and News Literacy in the Digital Age”, initiated by the dpa and the Hamburg Ministry for Culture and Media. The study was conducted by the Leibniz Institute for Media Research. The results were presented and discussed today at the Mediendialog Hamburg [Media Dialogue Hamburg].

Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut


The first open access repository of platform policies: HIIG launches new Platform Governance Archive

With the Platform Governance Archive (PGA), the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) is taking a pioneering step in collaborative research on online platforms and their governance. The archive is open to researchers, citizens and journalists from all over the world. It collects and organises platforms’ documents on their regulation and governance and makes them accessible via open access.

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society


“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


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


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

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society


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

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