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Making sense of our connected world

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Artificial Intelligence and Sustainability

An interview with Martin Wimmer How does effective climate protection work and how can we transform towards more sustainable ways of living and making business? AI technologies are increasingly being discussed…

Corona culture

How COVID-19 is activating the digital society  COVID-19 is teaching us how rapidly things can change. All of a sudden, we are living in a new stay-at-home culture. This entails…

5 Questions for the AI & Society Lab

Artificial intelligence has become a huge part of our daily lives – and its relevance will continue to grow and pose new questions to our societies. In this light, the HIIG…

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Getting Involved. The Impact of Digitalisation on Civic Engagement

An Interview with Paula Grünwald by Claudia Haas In 2018, an interdisciplinary expert commission comprising nine professors started working on the Third Engagement Report, titled The Future of Civic Society:…

Social Scoring – a Chinese invention?

Chinas Social Scoring System ist in aller Munde, wenn es um totale Überwachung geht. Die „westliche Welt“ distanziert sich. Zu Recht? Ohne Frage. Allerdings wäre eine ausführliche Reflexion über hiesige…

Konfuzius im 3. Jahrtausend: Chinas „Social Credit System“ als Turbo zur Selbstvervollkommnung?

Ein Interview mit dem China-Bildungsexperten Jürgen Henze The social credit system in China: What looks like a dystopia in Germany, in contrast, is treated as an utopia in China. In…

Demystifying AI: Learnings for middle-sized Companys

Which solutions offers AI “Made in Germany”? What role do startups play as drivers of innovative ideas and business models? Jessica Schmeiss and Nicolas Friederici answer these questions in the…

Packaging and scholarship – a summary of Zuboff’s talk during the Making Sense of the Digital Society lecture series.

Is the following information relevant to you?: Tech companies collect and sell your data to business consumers, in some cases since the early 2000s. Strategies developed from analysis “nudge” your…

Social Purpose Organizations and Digitalization: Towards an Inclusive and Sustainable Transformation

Organizations pursuing social and or environmental goals are different from corporations. Rather than maximizing on profits, they pursue multiple social, environmental, and economic goals simultaneously. They marshal local, underused resources…

Speech in the digital age | HIIG

What is ‘correct’ language in digital society? From Gutenberg to Alexa Galaxy

How do notions of ‘right’ language change in the context of digital communication? Britta Schneider examines changing notions and practices of ‘correct’ language, with an ambivalent role for digital communication…

Internet in Danger | HIIG

Let‘s build a better internet. An Internet powered by the people and for the people.

How the world can band together to tackle the big questions of the age of digital interdependence, argue Matthias C. Kettemann, Wolfgang Kleinwächter and Max Senges. UN Secretary-General António Guterres…

Kid expressing itself

TikTok, a kaleidoscope of visuals, data and legal questions

Are social media platforms empowering people to connect beyond borders or are they the custodians of digital communication spaces where users have to comply with strict content moderation rules? The…

AI in SMEs | HIIG

AI in SMEs – Status quo and challenges

“AI is a basic technology that enables a wide range of new capabilities for machines that challenge entire market hypotheses,” says Alexander Waldmann in the interview with Miriam Wolf. This…

Online content regulation in Brazil faces risk of setback

In Brazil, the operative intermediary liability system risks being invalidated, as the country’s Supreme Court should rule on its constitutionality this week. Associated HIIG researcher Clara Iglesias Keller argues that,…

AfriLab Blog Post | HIIG

African innovation hubs coming of age

How do fledgling digital innovation communities evolve in the Global South? Nicolas Friederici shares his observations from the 2019 AfriLabs Annual Gathering, and discusses how early communities have grown and…

Open Access Publishing | HIIG

Open access futures: time to push for scholar-led publishing

What is the cost of quality in open access (OA) publishing? And who should profit from open access? At this point in the OA-transformation, the position of scholar-led journals is…

Birds view of "resist" written by people gathering on a beach

Critical Voices, Visions and Vectors for Internet Governance

The Internet has changed our world. But has it also irritated hierarchical power structures and given a meaningful voice to all? Are offline differentials in terms of access to individual…

Democracy democratises innovation | HIIG

Busted: The internet democratises innovation

Online, it is a common belief that the internet due to its easily accessible information has an enabling effect on innovation – making anybody a potential innovator. Alina Wernick takes…

Orange Conference Chairs

A Guide to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2019

In November, the United Nations Global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) comes to Germany for the first time. Following the motto “One World. One Net. One Vision”, researchers and politicians from…

AI myth BUSTED

Busted: AI will fix it

There is a strong belief on the internet that AI will solve basically all of future society’s problems, if we just give it enough time. Christian Katzenbach took a close…

50 Mythen BUSTED

Busted! 50 internet myths and why they are wrong

Yes, laws matter online. No, criminals don’t all go free. And no, privacy isn’t dead – yet. As the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2019 approaches, Matthias C. Kettemann (HIIG and…

Bubbles | HIIG

Platform business models for German SMEs: Interview with Svenja Falk

What should SMEs consider, when they try to build their own platform? “Key focus should be on the ability to create value through joining the platform economy”, says Svenja Falk,…

People drinking coffee | HIIG Science Blog

Competing against digital giants – platform economy in Germany and Europe

Sina Beckstein analyses the panel discussion “Competing with digital giants”, which took place as a part of the Internet Governance Forum Germany (IGF-D). Subject of the discussion was the competitiveness…

Richterhammer mit Glitcheffekt als Symbolbild für Roboterrichter

“Robot judges” without training?

Discussing the implementation of automated decision making systems as savior of overburdened legal decision makers is en vogue. But if employed instead of human decision makers and with rising complexity…