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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


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


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


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…

European Hub of the NoC


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)

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