Research at HIIG

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) aims to broaden the theoretical and empirical foundation of internet and society research in order to contribute to a better understanding of digital society. Throughout the process of digitalisation, societies are undergoing changes. Our conceptual frame of reference for identifying and assessing these societal changes is the relationship between innovation and governance.

 

Innovation Governance

 

Innovation and governance interact in ambiguous ways; they may both mutually stimulate and even enable each other but they may also be constraining. Tensions and synergies emerging from this relationship can be found across all societal fields and organisations including the state, corporations and markets, from the local to the global level.

Analysing the relationship between innovation and governance, HIIG has developed three long-term research programmes, who provide the framework for research activities at HIIG. Further research groups and projects add to and strengthen our programme-oriented research. Research results are presented and discussed through science transfer projects and events.  

Research Structure

Research at HIIG

Research programmes

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CONCEPTS, DISCOURSES, MATERIALITIES

The evolving digital society

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DATA, ACTORS, INFRASTRUCTURE

The governance of data-driven innovation and cyber security

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LEARNING, KNOWLEDGE, INNOVATION

Innovation in knowledge organisation and transfer 

Current research projects

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  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneuship and innovation
  • Governance
  • Innovation
  • Innovation
  • Knowledge
  • Law
  • Media
  • Media and Data
  • Politics and law
  • Science and education
  • Social
  • Society and Culture
Digital Citizenship
Governance · Law · Society and Culture

Voting and surveys through digital identity and random sample voting

There is a deep and broad gap between citizens and governing bodies in the EU. It is...

Entrepreneurship · Entrepreneuship and innovation · Innovation · Innovation · Society and Culture

User innovation in smart energy technologies

Interconnected, intelligent energy systems are a highly discussed issue. Such systems are used by customers to control...

Governance · Law · Politics and law · Society and Culture

The Public International Law of the Internet

The rapid development of the Internet and the increasing digitalisation of everyday life is raising new legal...

Governance · Innovation · Knowledge · Society and Culture

The Futures of Telemedicine: Knowledge, Policy, Regulation

Digital health card, electronic health record, medical telematics infrastructure – these are the terms dominating the public...

digitale öffentliche verwaltung
Innovation · Innovation · Law · Politics and law · Society and Culture

The Digital Administrative State

Current discussions on the Internet’s impact on public administration and on public institutions in general have centred...

Skyscrapers and Wifi signals
Entrepreneurship · Governance · Innovation · Law · Media and Data

Privacy by design in smart cities

How to build smart cities in a privacy and security-friendly way, when more and more movements and human...

Pelagios
Innovation · Knowledge

Pelagios Commons: Linking the places of your past

Being able to link one document to another — and move easily between them — is one...

Entrepreneurship · Entrepreneuship and innovation · Innovation · Innovation · Science and education

Open!

The meaning of Open Source Innovation for the future firm Open Source Innovation (OSI) is an important...

Networks of Outrage
Media · Social

Networks of Outrage

In the past decade, Europe has witnessed the birth of many movements at the right end of...

Internet Policy Review IPR
Innovation · Knowledge · Law

Internet Policy Review

The Internet Policy Review is an open access, fast track and peer­-reviewed journal on Internet regulation.

Innovation · Media

Innovation and Imitation in the Games Sector

This 2-year study investigated the tension between innovation and imitation in the Digital Games Industry. In this...

Goodcoin
Entrepreneurship · Innovation · Innovation · Law · Media and Data

Goodcoin – Robust Privacy for Loyalty Programmes and Payment Systems

The processing of customer data plays an important role both in traditional business and e-commerce.

Governance · Law · Media and Data · Politics and law

Global Privacy Governance

In the age of the Internet, in the wake of new challenges from increased network connection, new...

Gemeinsam digital
Entrepreneurship · Innovation · Innovation

Gemeinsam Digital – SME 4.0

Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) are the backbone of the German economy but many struggle to define...

Meinungsfreiheit im quasi-öffentlichen Raum
Law · Media · Politics and law · Society and Culture

Freedom of Expression in the Quasi-Public Sphere

The emerging publics on the Internet heavily rely on the infrastructure and platforms provided by private entities...

Innovation Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship · Innovation · Innovation

Entrepreneurship Research Lab

Our Innovation and Entrepreneurship team is a transdisciplinary group of researchers at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute...

Empirical Copyright Research
Entrepreneurship · Law · Media · Politics and law

Empirical Copyright Research

Copyright is one of the most contested fields of Internet regulation. Strong copyright protection is routinely assumed...

Innovation · Knowledge · Science and education · Society and Culture

DREAM (Digital Research Mining)

As part of the DREAM project, a mobile application is being developed that simplifies the search for...

Digitale Innovation im Mittelstand

Digital Innovation in German mid-sized businesses

Digitalisation brings new opportunities and growth potential, especially for the German Mittelstand. What kind of activities and...

Governance · Law · Politics and law · Society and Culture

Cybersecurity

With critical infrastructure becoming increasingly networked and the number of networked sensors and other objects of everyday...

Innovation · Innovation · Law · Media · Politics and law · Society and Culture

Creative uses and cross – border copyright regulation

The Internet and digitisation simplify access to copyright protected works, and facilitate their distribution and use. However,...

Entrepreneurship · Governance · Innovation · Innovation · Media

Competing and complementing – The relation of Co-determination and new participatory platforms within companies

In our project “Competing and complementing – The relation of co-determination and new participatory platforms within companies”...

Case Study: Innovation and Imitation in the Games Sector

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society is currently launching an 18-month study into the...

Governance · Law

Big Data & Nudging – Regulation by Big Data and Behavioural Sciences

In recent years, the possible intersections of “big data” and “nudging” (as well as related instruments) increasingly...

dwerft
Innovation · Media

»dwerft«

In March 2014, a three-year research project on new technologies for digital moving images will start in...

Completed research groups and projects

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  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneuship and innovation
  • Governance
  • Innovation
  • Innovation
  • Knowledge
  • Law
  • Media
  • Media and Data
  • Politics and law
  • Science and education
  • Social
  • Society and Culture
Governance · Innovation · Law · Politics and law · Society and Culture

Wahlkompass Digitales

Digital policy will be a focal point of the German federal elections in 2017. More than ever,...

Innovation · Innovation · Knowledge

Opening Science

It seems as though the digitalisation of research is accompanied by a revision of established research practices...

Innovation · Innovation · Law

KORSE @ HIIG – the Internet and civil security in Europe

The emergence of cyberspace has challenged the law of civil security in Europe. Today, nearly all aspects...

Innovation

Internet of Things: Entrepreneurship & eGovernment

From the Internet of Computers to the Internet of Things The internet of things refers to a...

Entrepreneurship

How to collaborate with startups?

Joint innovation projects by corporates and startups are being supported by ongoing digitalisation. These collaborative approaches consist...

Digital Civil Disobedience

The political phenomenon of civil disobedience has undergone a remarkable change in recent times, with the expression...