Dear friends and fellow researchers,

Knowledge is an increasingly important resource! That is why we are active all over the world and in constant discussion with different actors and institutions about how to improve the functioning of democracies and innovation. For example, we are working with local stakeholders in Africa to develop new solutions that make digitalisation sustainable and online work fair. In the case of digital platforms and artificial intelligence, we are searching on a global scale for solutions to ensure that their regulation and governance is aligned with public values. As part of this process, it is important to envisage critical utopias of the individual in order to share, test and reflect on knowledge. That is why we are happy to introduce you to our new open educational resource, which will help you become a digital visionary and explore your own digital futures.

Stay tuned & stay safe,

Jeanette Hofmann | Björn Scheuermann | Thomas Schildhauer | Wolfgang Schulz


Sustainability and entrepreneurship | Global digital transformation

After eight weeks of intensive work, our SET project research sprint on fair online platform work ended with an exciting closing week in Accra, Ghana. The research fellows presented their results to local policy makers and other relevant stakeholders during a multi-stakeholder dialogue and a public panel discussion. Information on other SET activities in countries like Benin, Kosovo or Indonesia...
| ...can be found in our news ticker.
Quarterly_Juli 1

DUCAH | Foundation of the cooperative

After a year of successful collaboration, representatives of the Evangelische Bank, the Berliner Volksbank, the Evangelische Heimstiftung, the Diakoniestiftung in Saxony and Diakonie Deutschland founded the cooperative of the Digital Urban Center for Aging and Health (DUCAH) in July. It stands for a transdisciplinary future with innovative neighbourhood development and scientific solutions for healthcare.
| Take a look at the new DUCAH website.
Quarterly_Juli 2

Platform://Democracy | More democracy online?

This new project uses best practices to explore the extent to which discourse rules on digital platforms may be aligned with public values. How could "platform councils" or other institutions ensure that democratic values are taken into account in the rule-making processes of platforms? This question will be addressed with four research clinics and studies in the regions...
| ...Asia/Australia, the Americas, Africa and Europe.
Quarterly_Juli 3

Project completion | Ethics of Digitalisation

After two years of dedicated research, our international cooperation project is taking stock of the progress of an ethically informed digitalisation. We are proud to present our final report with insights into the work of more than 150 research fellows from diverse backgrounds – from law to sociology and economics to computer science, political science and philosophy.
| Download the full report and browse through our research topic in focus.
Quarterly_Juli 4


Making Sense of the Future | Open Educational Resource

What are the futures of our digital world? To answer this question, our new “Making Sense of the Future” toolbox aims to promote transdisciplinary, multi-perspectival and creative thinking. Become a digital visionary and engage with six exercises in the paradigm of uncertainty that constitutes the future. This OER can be used in schools, universities, organisations and for your private education.
| Here you can download the complete toolbox.
Quarterly_Juli 5

AI for the public | Public interest theory and discourse on AI

Theresa Züger and Hadi Asghari explore what artificial intelligence (AI) needs if it is to actually serve a public interest and hence be socially beneficial. They propose shifting the focus of the discourse towards democratic governance processes when developing and deploying AI systems. Utilising a new framework and two case studies, the article shows how the public interest can act as a helpful and practical guide…
| …for the development and governance of AI for the people.
Quarterly_Juli 6

The framing of green innovations | Electric vehicle in Germany and UK

Considering the intersection of sustainability and machine learning, this paper by Stephan Bohn and Jan-Christoph Rogge takes a closer look at public perceptions of the electric vehicle based on a topic modelling approach. By using public media data to undertake a systematic cross-country study in Germany and the UK, it contributes to a better understanding of the framing processes around…
| …green innovations in the carbon-based economy.
Quarterly_Juli 7

The Law of global digitality | Comparing six different areas

The internet is not uncharted territory – norms matter on the internet. Norms interact, regulate, and are contested and legitimated by multiple actors. But are they diverse and unstructured or are they part of a recognisable order? And if the latter is the case, what does this order look like? HIIGster Matthias C. Kettemann co-edited this new volume, which provides fresh perspectives on the role of law in times of digitalisation.
| The full book is on an open access basis.
Quarterly_Juli 8

HIIG BOOKSHELF | Further worthwhile publications


Malicious (ab)use of Artificial Intelligence | Panel Discussion | 29.08.2022

Recently, AI systems have increasingly been used for criminal and malicious purposes. For example, AI-powered cyberattacks and the use of deep fakes are becoming more common. This panel discussion on 29 August with Oskar Josef Gstrein and Andrew Zwitter offers researchers the opportunity to discuss…
| …the societal implications of recent technological developments.
Quarterly_Juli 9

Warfare in the digital age | Lecture Series | 29.08.2022

The nature of war remains unchanged. Warfare, however, mutates constantly. Belligerents are forever adapting to the new ways and means of war that technological and social change enables. In his lecture on 29 August, David Betz, professor at King’s College London, will give insights into how warfare in the digital age seems to combine old ways and means with a few new ones…
| …in a manner that is proving challenging.
Quarterly_Juli 10

Artificial thinking explained in human terms | Workshop | 02.09.2022

For the EU Commission, one thing is clear: artificial intelligence (AI) must be used in accordance with European values. A central requirement for the use of AI is therefore that AI must be explainable, interpretable and comprehensible. But what does that mean for citizens in concrete terms? On 2 September, we will bring together different groups of civil society for an interactive afternoon…
| ...of discussions on the understandability of AI.
Quarterly_Juli 12

Beyond HIIG | Events that caught our eye

Enough reading? Sit back, relax and watch!

Digital & Disziplinlos | New HIIG explainer video format

In the first edition of "Digital & Disziplinlos", our research director Prof. Dr. Jeanette Hofmann travels with you through the world of content moderation. Drawing on research results from the international project "Ethics of Digitalisation", she explores how we can ensure an appropriate level of transparency and accountability in the algorithmic moderation of content on platforms.
| Watch the Video (with english subtitles).
Quarterly_Juli 11 – 2
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