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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.

NEWS FROM THE INSTITUTE

Infrastructures of Autonomy

Call for Contributions

Together with Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften (ZEM) we are calling for contributions on the topic of Infrastructures of Autonomy.

Quarterly Newsletter

Our Research Activities & Events

Our newsletter informs you about the most important news and current topics from the digital world.

Elephant in the Lab

Help for Ukrainian scientists

We have set up a Telegram bot that provides information to support researchers and students from Ukraine.

OUR EVENTS

RECENT BLOG POSTS

Call for Proposals: Digital Technology, Climate Resilience and Rainforest Protection (Study)

Call for Proposals for a study on digital solutions and their impact on sustainability and rainforest protection in Indonesia.

AI as a flying blue brain? How metaphors influence our visions about AI

Why is Artificial Intelligence so commonly depicted as a machine with a human brain? This article shows why one misleading metaphor became so prevalent.

Exploiting potentials: Teaching AI Systems to See Accessibility Barriers

Barriers in our physical environment are still widespread. While AI systems could eventually support detecting them, it first needs open training data. Here we provide a dataset for detecting steps and stairs.

ISSUES IN FOCUS

Man sieht in Leuchtschrift das Wort "Ethical"

Digital Ethics

Whether civil society, politics or science – everyone seems to agree that the New Twenties will be characterised by digitalisation. But what about the tension of digital ethics? How do we create a digital transformation involving society as a whole, including people who either do not have the financial means or the necessary know-how to benefit from digitalisation?  And what do these comprehensive changes in our actions mean for democracy? In this dossier we want to address these questions and offer food for thought on how we can use digitalisation for the common good.

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SELECTED RESEARCH PROJECTS

Politics & law · Society & culture

Digital Electoral Compass 2021

AI · Politics & law · Science communication · Society & culture

The Ethics of Digitalisation – From Principles to Practices

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INTERNET SOCIETY FOUNDATION

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NETWORK OF CENTERS

To connect with internet researchers around the world, HIIG founded a network