The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) explores the dynamic relationship between the Internet and society, including the increasing interpenetration of digital infrastructures and various domains of everyday life. Its goal is to understand the interplay of social-cultural, legal, economic and technical norms in the process of digitisation.
Grounded in basic and applied research, the HIIG contributes novel ideas and insights to the public debate on the challenges and opportunities of digitization. It serves as a forum for researchers on Internet and society and encourages the collaborative development of projects, applications and research networks on the national and international level. The institute uses a variety of formats to share its research with the public, including the political sphere, business and civil society.
The three founding associates – the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the University of the Arts Berlin and the Social Science Research Center Berlin, in alliance with the Hans-Bredow Institute for Media Research in Hamburg as an integrated co-operation partner – enable multilayer perspectives of the Institute by focusing on technological and legal perspectives as well as on sociological, economical and artistic aspects.