Innovative and thought-provoking research

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society produces innovative and thought-provoking academic analysis on the Internet and society. As an independent research centre, associated with, but separated from three different universities, the institute collaborates with a broad diversity of academic institutions and social groups for the benefit of the academic world and the general society. The institute’s research results thus do not only address the academic community, they also aim to tackle concrete social, legal and political problems.

Focus on transdisciplinary research

The consensual understanding among the founding directors is that research on the Internet and society immensely benefits from transdisciplinary perspectives and that a problem-oriented focus to some extent even requires such approaches. The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society therefor focuses on but not entirely restrict itself to projects pursuing a transdisciplinary approach. In addition to its transdisciplinary approach, the institute encourages cross-cutting collaborations between researchers, policy makers, civil society and the private sector.

Promoting early stage researchers

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society strongly believes that promoting early stage academics is a crucial element within Internet research. Therefore the Institute offers an attractive environment for gifted and highly promising scholars within the global research field on the Internet and society. These promising candidates will be selected according to principles of excellence, disciplines, regions and gender equality.

A German node of an international network in the research area of the Internet and society

The Institute appears as a platform for other researchers interested in issues revolving around Internet and society. In this context it serves as a platform for German academics and encourages the co-operative development of projects, applications and research networks. Additionally, the institute is part of  International Network of Internet & Society Research Centers and strives for co-operation agreements with European and international research centres. In doing so, the institute’s performance regarding the outcome is expected to be multiplied. Since the institute believes in the idea of Open Science, the platform created by the Institute is not be restricted to professional academics.

Interaction with politics, civil society and business regarding questions on the Internet and society

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society aims to be a first-point-of-contact for political players, civil society and business concerning its research areas. Through a variety of event formats and services like the news and research platform Internet Policy Review the institute opens up the academic work and research results for questions arising from political players, civil society and business.

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