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Dear friends and fellow researchers,

With this issue of the Quarterly, the next season is already upon us. We’re therefore taking the opportunity to look back on a summer that was all about the revival of our beloved live event formats. It was a time full of special moments, the careful reactivation of personal exchanges, and intensive discussions. In one talk we publicly discussed major concerns regarding the threat to democratic freedoms posed by AI systems. On another occasion, we invited different stakeholders to formulate new visions for ethics in digitalisation. Artists, activists and engineers also worked with our researchers at HIIG for a short time to create a new guide to better understand inclusive AI. In summary, the last few months have seen a gradual return to what we live by as an institute: research to see, feel and experience. In this newsletter you can find out more about what’s on our minds right now, what we have discussed these past few months, and what else is keeping us busy at the moment.

Stay tuned & stay safe,

Jeanette Hofmann | Björn Scheuermann | Thomas Schildhauer | Wolfgang Schulz


Ethics of digitalisation | From principles to practices

What have we learned in recent years to make digitalisation more ethical? Which interest groups lack contact points and what institutional support is needed for the future? As part of the research project led by the Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC), we invited several stakeholders this month to enter into a dialogue about these questions.
| You can find our summarised visions on our blog.
On 24 June, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as patron of the project, entered into a virtual exchange with the fellows of the research sprint. They talked about new approaches to realising the national and individual interests of the continent's citizens and how self-determined action is possible for Africa in the digital world.
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| The open access resources can be found here.

Human & machine | Infrastructures of autonomy

Autonomy - which meanings does this concept have in the age of artificial intelligence and what are the conditions, structures and relations that constitute both human and machine autonomy? The evolving digital society research program explored these questions in a cooperative workshop with the Brandenburg Centre for Media Studies (ZeM). Their first results were summarised …
|… in a short report.
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AI & Society Lab | Intersectional toolkit

By drawing on marginalised practices to fundamentally reshape the development and use of AI technologies, intersectional approaches to AI (IAI) are key to ensuring greater inclusivity. Sarah Ciston's new Toolkit is a collection of small magazines (or “zines”) that offer practical, accessible guides to this field as a digital resource. Check out our blog if you want to know what AI is, what AI ought to be …
|… and how the toolkit works.
Quarterly October - Intersectional AI toolkit

Digital higher education | Divider or bridge builder?

Does educational technology enhance access, learning and collaboration in the era of COVID-19? Our Knowledge & Society research program investigated how 85 higher education leaders in 24 countries have experienced this rapid digital transformation. What are the multiple and overlapping factors that contribute to an institution’s ability to realise the potential of digital education?
| The study is, of course, available on open access.
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The monetary value of data | Private law

In the digital age, data subjects become market actors and data becomes an economic good. In one of the latest issues of our German Internet und Gesellschaft book series, Raoul Moritz Nissen examines the legal and economic factors that determine the monetary value of data in German and European law. Here, he identifies the need for legal policy action …
| … and develops reform perspectives.
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Scholar-led Plus Network | Manifesto

Why are scientific publications not freely available to everyone? This is exactly what our open access Officer Marcel Wrzesinski (as part of the Scholar-Led Network) criticises about the scientific publication system in German-speaking countries. But what exactly is the idea of free access to the scholarly publishing system? In this German manifesto, you can find out …
| … what new publication processes are needed to achieve this.
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Judith Simon | The ethics of AI & big data (Video)

With our Making sense of the digital society lecture series, we are developing a European perspective on the current digital transformation processes in our society. In September, Judith Simon spoke about ethical concerns regarding the threat to civil rights and democratic freedoms posed by AI systems. You can now watch a recording of Simon, a professor of ethics in information technology, who offers her insights …
| … on our Event page.
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HIIG BOOKSHELF | Further Worthwhile Publications

“God at Work”. Engaging Central and Incompatible Institutional Logics through Elastic Hybridity
(1st place at OMT Best Published Paper Award) – Ali Aslan Gümüsay, Michael Smets & Timothy Morris

Hostile frame takeover. Co-opting the security frame in the German nuclear energy debate
(2nd place at OMT Best International Paper Award) – Stephan Bohn, Nora Lohmeyer, Harsh Kumar Jha & Juliane Reinecke

Der digitale Wandel der Wissenschaftskommunikation – Benedikt Fecher, Gert G. Wagner, Christoph Neuberger, Peter Weingart, Birte Fähnrich, Mike S. Schäfer & Hannah Schmid-Petri

Social Finance Investments with a Focus on Digital Social Business Models – Stephan A. Jansen, Clemens Mast & Wolfgang Spiess-Knafl

Bei Strafe ihres Untergangs. Digitale Infrastrukturen als Spannungsverstärker zwischen Gesellschaftssimulation und Organisationserhalt – Jörg Pohle & Martin Rost


AirBnB, Uber, Lieferando | The Future of the Economy? | 3 November 2021

Are there European alternatives to the US-dominated platform model? And can they be both economically viable and sustainable? As part of this year's Berlin Science Week, we are hosting a panel discussion on the future of the platform economy alongside the Weizenbaum Institute and the Einstein Center Digital Future. In addition to the livestream …
| … a limited number of seats are available for the on-site event.
Quarterly October - The future of economy

Smart Ageing | Megatrends of demography and digitalisation | 4 November 2021

How can innovative technologies and digital solutions support ageing? The Center for Digital Urban Health & Aging (DUCAH) initiative will be represented at the Körber Demography Symposium. The focus will be on how digital solutions can be anchored in the municipal context with a human-centred, participatory research approach.
| Click here to register for the symposium.
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Helen Kennedy | Everyday life in times of datafication | 16 November 2021

Attending to everyday experiences of living with data can help us make sense of the digital society, especially in relation to the politics of datafication and data-related inequalities. In our lecture series Making sense of the digital society, Helen Kennedy (University of Sheffield) will discuss our "Everyday life in times of datafication” at the Auditorium Friedrichstraße.
| Mark your calenders and register here to attend the on-site event.
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Interdisciplinary Workshop | Privacy, Data Protection & Surveillance | 12 December 2021

As a result of the pandemic, many countries have turned to the use of information technology tools to digitally record behaviour. How is this push towards the digitalisation of healthcare, education or work reflected in current research questions? Our Global Privacy Governance research project invites you to enter into critical reflection of your own…
| … research premises, school(s) of theory and discipline(s).
Quarterly October - Privacy Data Protection and Surveillance

Beyond HIIG | Events that Caught our Eye

01 – 10 November | Berlin Science Week | Berlin

02 – 04 November | University:Future Festival | Digital

06 - 10 December | Internet Governance Forum 2021 | Katowice
Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)
Französische Straße 9, 10117 Berlin, Germany | info@hiig.de
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