Dear friends and fellow researchers,

The last few months have been marked by significant developments for our networked society: from public debates on how to deal with artificial intelligence (AI) to the European Union's regulatory packages for digital platforms to the countervailing effects of technologies in the field of sustainability. HIIG is at the forefront of addressing these pressing issues with innovative academic formats and interdisciplinary research. In this quarterly, we are pleased to present our latest contributions to collectively reshaping democratic processes and stimulating global, future-oriented dialogue.

Stay informed and inspired as you explore new ideas and perspectives,

Jeanette Hofmann | Björn Scheuermann | Thomas Schildhauer | Wolfgang Schulz


CAPAZ | Support for scientists under attack

The CAPAZ network has set up a nationwide contact point that enables people affected by attacks on science to get advice by telephone. It supports scientists and science communicators if they are attacked or discredited in media campaigns. The aim is to make the science system more resilient against groundless criticism, hate speech and other forms of digital violence. The service, called SciComm-Support, also offers…
| …further guides and strategy resources (in German).
Quarterly-August-2023 – 1

Women* in Tech | Global dialogue

Our research team went to Ecuador and Mexico to explore different aspects of structural disadvantage and equality for women*. In various multi-stakeholder dialogues and public conversations, we engaged with local actors to promote cultural change in the technology sector. In addition, we enjoyed our first opportunity to learn about international best practices from initiatives that promote women* in this field.
| Check out Cambodia's female coding club on our KE:D Database.

AI Compass | New card game

To make AI explainable for civil society, our research team has developed a new open educational resource (OER): the AI Compass. In this card game, you take on the role of the ultimate expert and help citizens with their queries. Your mission: to find out what problems can really be solved by AI systems. This is not just about fun and entertainment but also about taking a realistic look at active AI systems…
| …and their importance for the public interest.
Quarterly-August-2023 – 3

Platform Governance Archive | Relaunch

Together with our partners, we have released an updated version of the open access repository of digital platform policies and internal guidelines. The Platform Governance Archive (PGA) enables collaborative exploration of and critical engagement with how, when and why platforms change their rules. The new dataset widens the scope and covers 18 platforms and currently 79 policies.
| The timeline goes back to April 2022 and is automatically updated every day.
Quarterly-August-2023 – 4


ChatGPT and the science system | Friend or foe?

In a Delphi survey, we asked 72 international experts from the fields of AI and digitisation research worldwide about the impact of large language models on scientific practice. They concluded that the positive effects will clearly outweigh the negative ones. At the same time, they emphasise the urgent need for science and politics to actively combat possible disinformation through large language models.
| The preprint of the study is now available.
Quarterly-August-2023 – 5

Rainforest protection | Indonesia

This report examines the relationship between climate change, technology and rainforest protection from a resilience perspective. It focuses on the following three aspects: preparing for conservation, responding to disturbances and restoring and revitalising rainforests. As part of our HIIG Impact Publication Series you can read the report now…
| …freely available and on our website.
Quarterly-August-2023 – 6

Digital platforms | Alternative models and designs?

In a monthly Deep Dive format, we take an in-depth look at current challenges and problems on existing social platforms. In short papers, we now present and discuss various alternatives and proposed solutions. The first issues (in German) are now online and were created in cooperation with the Upgrade Democracy team of the Bertelsmann Foundation.
| Check out the papers on our project page.
Quarterly-August-2023 – 7

Scholar-led publishing | Practical guide

If we are to ensure the continued existence of a diverse open access ecosystem, the academic community needs to have control over science-led journals with non-commercial principles and no fee models. As part of our Scholar-led Plus project, we have developed a practical resource to aid in achieving this goal. Its six handouts (in German) provide journals and publishing institutions with needs-oriented guidance on the development, professionalisation and…
| …consolidation of their publishing activities (German).
Quarterly-August-2023 – 8

HIIG BOOKSHELF | Further worthwhile publications


Mapping Public Interest AI | Webinar

On 22 August, our research team will explain the purpose of the publicinterest.ai interface. This will enable you to become part of our collective by researching and mapping various public interest initiatives. Work with us to create a foundational understanding and exchange for AI in the public interest and to stimulate critical discussions with policymakers, academia and civil society.
| Register and become part of our community with your AI project.
Quarterly-August-2023 – 9

Internet Policy Review | 10 years

Internet Policy Review, our open access journal on internet regulation, turns ten this year! To mark the occasion, we invite you to celebrate a decade of excellent research and publishing with us on 19 September! There will be an insightful keynote, a lively panel discussion on current issues in internet regulation and – of course – snacks, drinks and time for good conversation.
| Celebrate together with us in Berlin.
Quarterly-August-2023 – 10

Digitising the environmental paradigm | Lecture

On 19 September, two scholars will discuss AI and sustainability in our lecture series Making Sense of the Future. Anthropologist James Maguire (IT University of Copenhagen) will highlight the connections between computerisation processes and the environment under the term "digital Anthropocene". Computer scientist Lorenz Hilty (University of Zurich) will shed light on the dialectic between…
| …the opportunities and risks of digital technologies for sustainability.
Quarterly-August-2023 – 11

Beyond HIIG I Events that caught our eye in the third quarter of 2023

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