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Broaden our horizons: Digitalisation in the SME sector

Since 2016, the HIIG has been actively supporting German small and medium-sized enterprises within the context of a BMWi-funded project to better assess and master the opportunities and challenges of...

Still “Neuland”?

The digitisation of the world of labour – this has almost become a mantra. Whole of Germany is talking about changes in everyday working life, the labour market and industry...

How much magic lies behind German AI production?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to change the way value is created and captured across all industries. To fully tap into this potential for Germany, it is essential to...

Trading as a journalist with a new media currency

The We-Publish Infrastructure implements the idea of a media currency (“Medienfranken”) in the form of a cryptocurrency and establishes an decentralised infrastructure for the media and journalists on a blockchain....

Talk with Chelsea Manning on tech and society

In May 2018, Theresa Züger, who wrote her PhD thesis about digital forms of civil disobedience at Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, had the chance to speak...

Applying Sortition in the EU: House of Lots or Random Votes?

The ‘digital constellation’ offers both opportunities and risks for democracy. While the information and communication technologies allow us to instantly communicate with each other enhancing the democratic dialogue, they prove...

Digital Singularisation

According to Andreas Reckwitz, we are living in a time of fundamental social change — our society is becoming a society of singularisation. Digitisation is playing a pivotal role in...

Innovation competition: Crazy ideas welcome

Open innovation – the strategic opening of innovation processes for external or even lay persons – is not yet very widespread in Germany. Other countries are already much further along,...

Digital innovation: Integration of an online ad platform

In the fifth part of the blog article series, we present a traditional media company headquartered in Oldenburg, Germany, which was able to expand its existing product portfolio with a...

What if politicians weren’t elected but rather drawn by lot?

Modern Western liberal democracies are under criticism: low voter turnout, overrepresentation of political extremists, corruption and polarisation – alongside the absence of a civilised political debate in the context of...

Digital Innovation: Creating customer value through an Industrial Internet of Things platform

In the fourth part of the blog series we present how a market leading German manufacturer of corrugators has increased productivity for customers through an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)...

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Colonised by data: the hollowing out of digital society

What exactly is colonial about the economic use of data? On November 20, Nick Couldry continued the lecture series Making Sense of the Digital Society. In his lecture, he focused...

Digital Innovation: A digital platform enables better collaboration across project teams

In the third part of this blog article series we show how an internal wiki has supported the cooperation of interdisciplinary project teams of the Stoll Group and what valuable...

#NSFW? Be yourself but don’t undress

The world’s biggest social network plans to launch a new dating application but in the same time it bans all types of potentially sexualised behaviour in a new version of...

Terminator won’t save us

New technologies like AI open up a lot of chances but also bear many risks. Couldn’t we just learn how to deal with this from science-fiction films having already played...

Digital Innovation: Smart glasses for better customer service

In the second part of our blog article series, we introduce how a leading international manufacturer of intralogistics systems has significantly improved its customer service results through the use of...

Harnessing artificial intelligence the African way

While all eyes are on Western industrial nations, Nigerian human rights lawyer Olumide Babalola is concerned about AI regulation in Africa. He fears that some countries will adopt the repressive...

Energizing the energy future

What if the entire progress of society depends on the future energy system? At least that’s how visionaries like Jeremy Rifkin argue. The list of challenges posed by the energy...

Global AI race: States aiming for the top

There hardly exists a buzzword today that fires everybody‘s imagination in the tech world like “artificial intelligence” (AI). But not only giants like Google, Facebook, Baidu or Alibaba are trying...

Digital Innovation: Intelligent waste disposal through a smartphone app

Digitalisation brings new opportunities and growth potential, especially for the German Mittelstand. What kind of activities and strategies are pursued when it comes to digital innovation by mid-sized companies? What...

Big Data and nudging: Marketing or manipulation?

Think back to your last purchase at the supermarket. Were the branded products on the shelf placed at eye level? Did you have to bend down for the cheaper products?...