Hub for Internet Research

Together with economic, political and civil-society stakeholders we're exploring digitalisation
in order to bridge the gap between the web and society.

Impetus for the digital society

Digitalisation is innovation. Exploiting digitalisation for society needs
governance of innovation. In order to shape societal change, we first need to understand it.

Lab for digital mavericks

Research meets utopia - we break down boundaries between disciplines, rethink existing discourses and develop new questions to explore the permanent change of the digital.

We are making sense of the digital society

Well-informed actors in politics, business and society are needed to shape digitalisation. We analyse changes, point out fields of action and ensure knowledge transfer so that our research benefits society.

Incubator for digital research networkers

Want to be part of the playing field for digital mavericks? The HIIG offers young researchers
a platform for their interests and strengthens their international networking.

Exploring digital spheres

HIIG is on a mission: We are making sense of the digital society.
While everyone is asking for interdisciplinary research, we have been doing it since the beginning.

European perspective on global issues

In times of rapid change there is great need for global explanations.
We look for these answers by putting on European glasses.


Website Launch

Jung. Digital. Engagiert. – Launch of the portrait series

Arranged in six subject areas, the series presents examples of digital engagement in the form of reports, interviews and scientific texts.

Call for Papers

Artificial Intelligence and the Human

In addition to contributions, we welcome case studies on technologies and their precursors as well as on…

Call for applications

Virtual Fellowship

The Fellowship offers an opportunity for innovative thinkers who wish to set up new initiatives. Apply now!


Digitale Schnittstellen zwischen Politik, Wissenschaft und Zivilgesellschaft

Die einen programmieren für die eigene Stadt, die anderen begleiten Jugendliche beim Online-Recherchieren und Texten. Gemeinsam ist ihnen, dass sie ihr digitales Know-how zum Wohl der Allgemeinheit einsetzen wollen. Im Rahmen unseres Projekts Jung. Digital. Engagiert” haben wir Menschen portraitiert, die sich an der Schnittstelle zwischen Politik und Zivilgesellschaft ehrenamtlich für andere einsetzen.

Artificial and intelligent but also sustainable?

Despite the growing global interest in mitigating climate change and in the digital transformation, there is often still a lack of implementation expertise on how these “instruments” can best be used to combat climate change.

Hijacking Hashtags in Times of COVID-19: How the Far-Right Polarises Twitter

We find evidence that German far-right partisans systematically made use of COVID-19 related hashtags to polarise the debate on the corona virus and social distancing.


The Ethics of Digitalisation

According to which criteria must chat bots be programmed to communicate without discrimination? What rules must apply in the development of artificial intelligence so that AI applications serve the common good? How do we design the algorithms that shape our society?

In our interdisciplinary project “The Ethics of Digitalisation”, we work together with international partner institutions to develop concrete problem solutions that support practical applications and dialogue at the intersection of science, politics, digital economy, and civil society.

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