Dear friends and fellow researchers,
In times like these, dystopias are easy to invent. But little by little, we can see changes both in individual decision-making as well as in grand visions, in civil society as well as in science.
In the run-up to the US presidential election, HIIG’s open access journal Internet Policy Review has released a special issue on data-driven elections. It shows that digital communication by means of big data and political micro-targeting is at the heart of our societal order. This also applies to the moderation of information on social media platforms. For the first time now, Facebook has given scientists direct access to internal policy-making processes. Our researchers examined and watched the processes live and published their pilot study on Facebook’s norm-making system.
When there is a transformation in broader knowledge and perspectives, science itself also changes. In this newsletter you will also read about what researchers ask themselves, from responsible innovation to digital utopias.
Stay in touch with us, and if you would like to read more, we just published encore – the entirety of HIIG’s research output from 2019!
Jeanette Hofmann | Björn Scheuermann | Thomas Schildhauer | Wolfgang Schulz