Dear friends and fellow researchers,

Our research at HIIG is characterised by a strong participatory approach. In recent months, we have applied this approach to advance digital democracy, to open and explain scientific black boxes and to promote sustainable innovation worldwide. We are very excited about our academics’ diverse research work and hope you enjoy deep diving into this issue.

Stay tuned & stay safe,

Jeanette Hofmann | Björn Scheuermann | Thomas Schildhauer | Wolfgang Schulz


Call for cases | Knowledge Exchange :// Digitalisation

Our Knowledge Exchange :// Digitalisation (KE:D) platform will launch soon and is looking for its first cases. It aims to build a collection of publicly accessible best practices that will help facilitate exchanges of knowledge on strategy, implementation and contextuality in digitalisation projects. Through the cases, we hope to enable shared learning, to create international synergies and to inspire future projects.
| You can submit your exciting digitalisation project here.

INCA | New research project

Our INcrease Corporate political responsibility and Accountability (INCA) team investigates the impact of digital platforms on European democracies and institutions. It aims to define new models of governance capable of combining the growth of platforms with social inclusion and citizens participation in decision making processes. Read more about the Horizon Europe-funded project and …
|… alternative business models for social fairness while preserving innovation.
Quarterly_Oktober 14 – 1

Artificial Intelligence, explained in human terms | New research project

With the “Artificial intelligence, explained in human terms” project, our interdisciplinary research team will develop explanatory models for artificial intelligence (AI) systems that are designed for direct interaction with civil society. The research subject therefore relates to the comprehensibility of AI by a broad public and requires a special application-oriented and participatory research design.
| Read more about the project.
Quarterly_Oktober 2

Plattform :// Democracy | Start of first research clinic

Can "platform councils" or other institutions ensure that public interests and democratic values are taken into account in platforms’ rule-making processes? This is the research question of the Platform :// Democracy project, which uses global best practice models within four regional research clinics. The first clinic with cases from Europe will start in early November.
| Find more information about the research fellows and research questions.
Quarterly_Oktober 3

SET | Research sprint in Vietnam/Mexico

A new research sprint on “Green Technology, Entrepreneurship & Climate” started at the beginning of October as part of the Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Global Digital Transformation project. Over seven weeks, twelve fellows from different countries will explore the reasons for two persistent challenges in Vietnam's green technology ecosystem: the lack of emerging entrepreneurs and the lack of investment. The teams will write …
|... policy briefs with guidance on how to solve these challenges.
Quarterly_Oktober 4


Civic Coding | A policy paper for public-good-oriented AI

What political steps are needed to use artificial intelligence (AI) in ways that are oriented towards the common good? Our researchers Theresa Zueger, Anna Katzy-Reinshagen, Judith Faßbender, Freia Kuper and Irina Kühnlein have answered this question by making 16 policy recommendations in a new policy paper. Based on 20 expert interviews and ten case studies, they have identified concrete challenges …
|... for the sustainable promotion of public good-oriented AI (in German).
Quarterly_Oktober 6

Public international law | Digital transformation

Is the internet causing shifts in international relations and are tweeting presidents a threat to states? Matthias C. Kettemann, Raffaela Kunz and Angelo Golia have published an edited volume that not (only) examines the application of international law to new areas of technical regulation, but also explores the impact of the internet and digital technologies on the structures of international law.
| Find out how the internet has changed international relations.
Quarterly_Oktober 7

Sub-national AI policy | Federal governance structures

Since most analyses exclusively focus on the national and international level of artificial intelligence (AI) policy, Laura Liebig, Licinia Güttel, Anna Jobin and Christian Katzenbach have decided to offer a federalist approach. The analysis of 34 policy documents shows that sub-national efforts focus on knowledge transfer between research and industry, the commercialisation of AI, the economic identity of the German states …
|... and the incorporation of ethical principles.
Quarterly_Oktober 8

Educational technologies | Infusion in the heart of the university

Bronwen Deacon, Melissa Laufer and Len Ole Schäfer explore the organisational factors influencing the successful implementation of educational technologies in higher education institutions. Based on a systematic literature review, the paper provides a framework for understanding the involved factors, actors and processes that are considered essential in the edtech literature. It also offers concrete recommendations for practitioners.
| Click here to read the open access publication.
Quarterly_Oktober 9

Concepts of the Digital Society | Translation into Spanish

The Latin American Journal of Digital Economy and Society is presenting a selection of articles from our Concepts of the Digital Society series of the Internet Policy Review journal in Spanish. The aim of these translations is to make the main lines of analysis, discussions and problems related to the use of digital technologies accessible to a wider audience.
| You can find the selection of concepts under this link.
Quarterly_Oktober 10

HIIG BOOKSHELF | Further worthwhile publications


Public panel | Towards a Fairer Online Platform Economy in Kenya

Currently, our SET research team is in Nairobi to work with the Digital Transformation Center Kenya. On 9 November, they are hosting a multi-stakeholder dialogue followed by a public panel discussion on the vision for a sustainable, sovereign and self-reliant Kenyan gig economy. To address these challenges and find novel sustainable solutions, all interested parties are cordially welcome…
|… to attend the panel discussion on site or via livestream.
Quarterly_Oktober 12

Lunch talk I Protection of Natural Resources

The second edition of our “Digital Pathways to Sustainability” lunchtime talk series will take place on 17 November 2022 at 1 pm CET. The speakers Birthe Soppe and Roeland Hemsteede will provide insights into pathways to more sustainability and into the problematic strategies of fossil-based companies for mitigating or preventing sustainability. HIIGster Stephan Bohn will be moderating.
| The lunch talk takes place online.
Quarterly_Oktober 13

Conference | Infrastructures of Autonomy

Autonomy has been a multifaceted term for centuries that was and remains a key concept in discussions about individuals and societies alike. From 23–25 November, this conference, organised in cooperation with the Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften (ZEM), will discuss the conditions, structures and relationships that constitute both human and machine autonomy.
| All information is available on our website.
Quarterly_Oktober 14

Beyond HIIG | Events that caught our eye

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