Dear friends and fellow researchers,

We are brightening up February with the publication of our annual research magazine encore. It showcases our best and most creative research from the past twelve months. Of course, amidst all the creativity and joy, we have not lost sight of the challenges that lie ahead. So what makes for a successful human intervention in automated decision making? How can we ensure that scientific expertise and judgement cut through the flood of information? These and other important questions await you below.

Stay informed and inspired as you explore new ideas and perspectives,
Jeanette Hofmann | Björn Scheuermann | Thomas Schildhauer | Wolfgang Schulz


Women* in Tech | Final results

On our travels to Ecuador, Mexico, Cambodia and Mauritania, we aimed to learn about structural discrimination and to advance gender equality for women*. To achieve this, we participated in public dialogue events and exchanged ideas with local stakeholders, promoting cultural change in the digital industry. We also collected international best practices from remarkable women in this field.
| Find all results on our website.

Repository for scientific policy advice | Final results

Political decisions are often based on the empirical findings of researchers. However, the consultation documents containing researchers’ expert opinions are often scattered across the internet. A new repository that can solve this problem will be published in February. It will set the content-quality standards for various types of such documents and make them searchable across different disciplines.
| Read more about our accompanying research.
Quarterly-Feb-2023 – 1

Human in the loop? | New project

Automated decisions are crucial in areas such as content moderation or lending, but they are prone to errors. Therefore, many people are calling for active human oversight in these processes to monitor and improve them. We investigate how such human-machine interactions can be made legally compliant, transparent and accountable.
| Information on the case studies is available here.
Stellen-Newsletter-Stud-2023 – 2

DSA Implementation Network | New project

The introduction of the Digital Services Act (DSA) has ushered in a new era of regulatory challenges, with a number of complex issues between different stakeholders. For this reason, experts predict a number of challenges on the path towards its implementation. This collaboration of the Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centres aims to bridge the gap between academia …
|… civil society, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), think tanks and regulators.
Quarterly-Feb-2023 – 3


Encore | Our annual research magazine

This edition is full of unconventional ideas and new academic approaches to exploring the complexities of our connected present and future. Our mission is simple: pioneering tomorrow’s digital society. Enjoy encore and see why we are so proud of our commitment to innovative solutions in the digital age with our highlights of 2023. Are you curious? Read on and share …
| … to discover more about pressing issues of our time.
Quarterly-Feb-2023 – 4

Digital organising | Concept of the digital society

The omnipresence of digital technology shapes and changes how individuals and collectives organise themselves. Therefore, digital organisation is a crucial concept for understanding new forms of organisational change. It involves collective purposeful alignment and distributed action, facilitated by datafication and connectivisation processes. Our task force discusses this …
| … paradoxical nature and provide an outline for future research.
Quarterly-Feb-2023 – 12

Handling the AI hype | Implications for public interest tech projects

This article analyses how the field of public interest technologies is behaving in and towards the AI hype. Why do public interest actors harshly criticise it on the one hand, while practitioners and experts use it for their own financing structures on the other? Our Public Interest AI team sheds light on how this hype affects society's ability to develop and utilise technologies to solve social problems.
| Read more about dealing with bold expectations and exaggerated promises.
Quarterly-Feb-2023 – 11

Making science go viral | New toolkit

Social media is very promising for science communication. By sharing scientific results online, researchers can improve the public profile of science and counteract the spread of misinformation online. The goal of this open educational resource by Tinca Lukan is to empower scientists to become short-form video storytellers to share ideas, spark curiosity and connect with the world.
| Become a science communicator and shoot your own video!
Quarterly-Feb-2023 – 10

HIIG BOOKSHELF | Further worthwhile publications


Ally or adversary | Impact of large language models on academics

The sudden arrival of ChatGPT has sparked a lively discussion about its implications for academia. Our researcher Jörg Pohle will be lecturing in Berlin and online on 14 February on the dynamic interplay between large language models (LLMs) and the academic landscape. What are the potential benefits and risks for the science system and the academic profession?
| Click for more information and registration.
Quarterly-Feb-2023 – 8

Platform regulation and democracies | Summer School

The Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers brings together a diverse group of researchers and students from India, Brazil and Germany. From 21 to 28 April 2024, the summer school will offer an intensive week in Delhi with lectures, discussions and interactive learning exercises. It offers participants the unique opportunity to learn from leading experts on…
| …media law as well as European and international law.
Quarterly-Feb-2023 – 9

How to protect our freedom online | Save the date

On 29 April in New York, we will be discussing communication rights and freedom of expression in the digital age with renowned experts from business and politics. How does the concept of freedom differ in the United States and Europe? Against the backdrop of the Digital Services Act, this event will juxtapose different points of view in order to learn from each other and promote transatlantic cooperation.
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Quarterly-Feb-2023 – 13

Beyond HIIG I Events that caught our eye

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