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.

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The Virtual Judge. On the Butterfly-Effect of Internet-enabled Judicial Review

In July this year, I had the privilege of holding a lecture at the Brazilian Institute for Public Law and Public Administration (IDP). Although the topic was an analysis of the regional impact of Marco Civil da Internet, it gave me the opportunity to have a closer look to fascinating developments in the digital modernization of the State, which confirm...


How the Past Defines the Present. Understanding the Path Dependance of Academic Publishing

Did you ever wonder why it says QWERTY up on the left of your keyboard? And what does it have to do with academic publishing? In 1867 Christopher Latham Sholes developed a simple typewriter. One of its many birth defects was that the typebars would constantly block each other. After the urging of his investor James Densmore, Sholes spent six...


Is Whistleblowing Civil Disobedience?

The case of Edward Snowden provoked a wide academic discussion on the question of whether whistleblowing is an act of civil disobedience. The opinions are divided: while some, like Danah Boyd for instance, are clear that »Whistleblowing is the New Civil Disobedience” other academic discourses are more ambivalent on this question. I do consider Snowdens revelations to be whistleblowing as...


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...