Partnership: ‘Gründer-Garage’ kicks off in Berlin

The ‘Gründer-Garage’, which is a competition that aims to support people with entrepreneurial spirit, kicked off in berlin 16 July 2014. The Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society is a partner of the competition. The joint project intends to develop as many as possible creative business models, that achieve long-term market success.    


‘How to start up in Berlin’ am 17. Juli

‘How to start up in Berlin’ is a satellite event of the third Tech Open Air. The event, which will be hold at the St. Oberholz Café jointly organised by IHK Berlin and Silicon Allee, is a good possibility to get to know our Startup Clinics team. Founders can set up appointments with our doctoral researchers for a clinic session.


Call for Participation: ESRC 2014

This year’s Early Stage Researchers Colloquium 2014 will be held on 9 October 2014 in Berlin. This year’s colloquium will consist of two thematically focused tracks on ‘Pay per pixel’ and ‘Private information – open debates’. You can apply for paper presentation or participation only. The online submission process will be open until 1 August.


ECJ and Data Retention: Emergence of a Right to Security?

In its judgment on the data retention directive (C‑293/12 and C‑594/12), the ECJ caught the spirit of the age. The storage of all communication data is disproportionate to the objectives of the directive, which include, apart from the completion of the internal market,  »the fight against international terrorism in order to maintain international peace and security” as well as »the...


Urban security – An innovation process from first ideas to technical realisation

A lot has happened since my last blog entry in February which was a preparation for the creative workshop of the Fraunhofer Society for Responsible Research and Innovation. On the one hand, the sponsored joint project of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) was concretized, so that individual projects such as «support systems for urban Events: Multi-criteria networking...


User generated content and copyright

In the leaked draft White Paper on the possible EU copyright reform, the European Commission seems determined that there’s no need for a new exception for user generated content (UGC). A new exception would bring clarity to UGC, which currently often goes hand in hand with copyright infringements. But according to the paper, UGC’s «success shows that there have not...


Be a unicorn – pitch your business model and show your capability for innovation

Last time I talked about startups that can become unicorns, if they only constantly innovate their business model. This time I would like to emphasize how a business model helps startup unicorns to become persuasive and inspiring. Business angels and investors repeatedly stress their interest in a startups’ team, its idea and its potential. It almost seems as if business...