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Anna Jobin, Dr.

Anna Jobin has joined the HIIG in 2021 for the international research project Shaping 21st Century AI – Conflicts and Development Pathways in Media, Politics and Research. As a Senior Researcher, she analyzes “Artificial Intelligence” as a sociotechnical institution in politics, media and science and participates in the consortium lead of the project. Prior to HIIG, Anna was a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich and a visiting researcher at Tufts University and Cornell University.

Anna has a multidisciplinary background in sociology, information management, and economics. Her doctoral research focused on the social dimensions of algorithmic systems. She was awarded a PhD by the University of Lausanne and has since conducted research on the social and ethical aspects of digitization, particularly in the areas of AI, citizen science, and online advertising. 

She is president of the extra-parliamentary Federal Media Commission and part of the Swiss Young Academy. In addition, she is a member of the ethics working group of the Association of Internet Researchers, where she contributed to the Ethics Guidelines 3.0 for Internet Research, a board member of the Swiss Swiss Association for the Studies of Science, Technology & Society (STS), and a committee member of the Swiss Internet Governance Forum.

Journal articles and conference proceedings

Liebig, L., Güttel, L., Jobin, A., & Katzenbach, C. (2022). Subnational AI policy: shaping AI in a multi-level governance system. AI & Society. DOI: Publication details

Jobin, A., Man, K., Damasio, A., Kaissis, G., Braren, R., Stoyanovich, J., Van Bavel, J. J., West, T. V., Mittelstadt, B., Eshraghian, J., Costa-jussà, M. R., Tzachor, A., Jamjoom, A. A. B., Taddeo, M., Sinibaldi, E., Hu, Y., & Luengo-Oroz, M. (2021). AI reflections in 2020. Nature Machine Intelligence, 3, 2-8. DOI: 10.1038/s42256-020-00281-z Publication details

Book contributions and chapters

Jobin, A. & Katzenbach, C. (2023). The Becoming of AI: A Critical Perspective on the Contingent Formation of AI​​. In Lindgren, S. (Eds.), Handbook of Critical Studies of Artificial Intelligence (pp. 43-55). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. DOI: 978 1 80392 855 5 Publication details

Scheibner, J., Jobin, A., & Vayena, E. (2022). Internet of Things Devices, Citizen Science Research and the Right to Science: Ethical and Legal Issues. In M. Ienca, O. Pollicino, L. Liguori, E. Stefanini, & R. Andorno, The Cambridge Handbook of Information Technology, Life Sciences and Human Rights (pp. 231-243). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. DOI: 10.1017/9781108775038 Publication details

Working paper

Jobin, A., Guettel, L., Liebig, L., & Katzenbach, C. (2021). AI Federalism: shaping AI policy within states in Germany. arXiv. Publication details

Other publications

Fecher, B., Gümüsay, A. A., Bohn, S. & A. Jobin (2023). Resilience without accountability holds back transformative change. LSE Impact Blog. Publication details

Fecher, B., Gümüşay, A. A., Bohn, S., & Jobin, A. (2023). Resilience without accountability holds back transformative change. LSE Impact Blog. Publication details

Liebig, L., & Jobin, A. (2022). Artificial Intelligence made in X: die deutsche KI-Policy-Landschaft. Digital society blog. Publication details

Jobin, A. (2021). Künstliche Intelligenz braucht menschliche Ethik. SWICO House View, 60-63. Publication details

Lectures and presentations

The sociotechnicity of AI
Difussion #101. Center for Digital Society, Goethe-Institut Indonesia. Center for Digital Society, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia: 09.10.2023

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The global landscape of AI ethics guidelines
Digital Discourses: Humanity in the Age of AI. Goethe-Institut Indonesien, Center for Digital Society, EngageMedia. Goethe-Institut Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia: 06.10.2023 Further information

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Ethics and Epistemology for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Behavior
Frontiers Symposium: 12. Brazilian-German Frontiers of Science and Technology Symposium. Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Maceió Atlantico, Maceió, Brazil: 02.07.2022 Further information

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Principles in Ethics Guidelines & Policy Perspectives
Summer School: "Artificial Intelligence, Ethics & Human Rights". Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Friedrich-Alexander-Universitäät Erlangen-Nürnberg, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain: 22.06.2022 Further information

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Communicating AI Policy: How Technology Comes to Matter in Media
Annual ICA Conference: 72nd Annual ICA Conference: One World, One Network‽ (Session: Communicating AI: Shaping Artificial Intelligence in Policy, Research and Media). International Communication Association. Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile, Le Palais des Congrès de Paris, Le Méridien Etoile, Paris, France: 30.05.2022 Further information

Anna Jobin, Laura Liebig, Christian Katzenbach

Shaping AI – Imaginaries and Controversies of AI in Media and Policy
Artificial Intelligence and the Human Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Science and Fiction (Session: Imagining AI & the Human). Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Japanese-German Center Berlin. Japanese-German Center Berlin, Berlin, Germany: 12.05.2022 Further information

Christian Katzenbach, Vanessa Richter, Anna Jobin, Laura Liebig

AI Ethics and Sustainability
Annual Symposium: Digital Ethics for a Sustainable Society. Center for Digital Ethics & Policy. Online, Chicago, United States of America: 30.03.2022 Further information

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Challenges in governing AI - evidence from soft law
Invited Talk. AI Lund, ADM Nordic. Online, Lund, Sweden: 15.12.2021 Further information

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Targeted: Digital Communication and Advertising
Panel: Communication and Ad-Financed Media. University of Leipzig. University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany: 12.11.2021

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AI federalism: shaping AI policy within states
Digital Democracy Workshop (Session: Governance, Regulation, and Public Policy). Democracy Community of the Digital Society Initiative, Digital Democracy Lab at the University of Zurich. University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland: 28.10.2021 Further information

Licinia Gütel, Anna Jobin

Was ist KI? Eine Übersicht zu Technologie, Hype und Ethik
Parlamentarierdinner. Swiss Federal Parliament. Swiss Federal Parliament, Bern, Switzerland: 01.06.2021

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What AI ethics can do (and what it cannot do)
ASU Machine Learning Day. Arizona State University. Online, Tempe (AZ), USA: 09.04.2021 Further information

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Gesellschaftliche Aspekte technologischer Innovation
APARIUZ Tagung. University of Zurich: Faculty of Law. Online, Zurich, Switzerland: 19.03.2021 Further information

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Citizen science in a connected world: Ethical issues with using Internet of Things devices
CitSci Helvetia. Citizen Science Center Zurich, Participatory Science Academy, Citizen Cyberlab, & Foundation Science et Cité. Online, Zurich, Switzerland: 15.01.2021 Further information

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Organisation of events

CEPE/IACAP 2021 – The philosophy and ethics of Artificial Intelligence
From 05.07.2021 to 09.07.2021. Online, Hamburg, Germany. Co-Organised by: Universität Hamburg (International) Further information

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STS-CH 2021
From 15.02.2021 to 17.02.2021. Online, Lausanne, Switzerland. Co-Organised by: Swiss Association for the Studies of Science, Technology & Society (International) Further information

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Media appearances

17. Ulmer Denkanstöße: Eine neutrale und allwissende KI gibt es nicht (22.03.2024). Südwest Presse
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Künstliche Intelligenz (31.07.2023). ZDF WISO Magazin
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Was wenn künstliche Intelligenz ausser Kontrolle gerät? (10.06.2023). Neue Zürcher Zeitung
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Fachleute warnen vor Risiken bei der KI (02.06.2023). ZDF
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Moratorium über Umgang mit KI: Pause mit Problemen (31.03.2023). taz
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Offener Brief zu KI: Opfer des Hypes (31.03.2023).
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KÜNSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ (KI): Was es statt eines KI-Moratoriums braucht (31.03.2023). Tagesspiegel Background
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Facebook est-il devenu un réseau hors de contrôle? Débat entre Anna Jobin et Joëlle Toledano (26.10.2021). RTS Forum
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AI is mostly governed by ‘soft law’. But that is set to change (17.09.2021). Tech Monitor
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Et si les GAFA étaient sur le point de perdre leur pouvoir? Analyse d'Anna Jobin (25.06.2021). RTS
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Anna Jobin folgt auf Otfried Jarren und wird Präsidentin der Eidgenössischen Medienkommission (15.06.2021). Kleinreport
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What happens when Google fires its ethics expert? (25.03.2021). Swiss Info
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"Toutes ces Romandes qui brillent" (04.03.2021). L'Illustré
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YouTube supprime une vidéo de l'émission de la RTS Géopolitis (11.03.2021). Radio Television Suisse
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Associated Researcher: The Evolving Digital Society



Topics: AI, Ethics Guidelines for AI, Political Regulation of AI