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Making sense of our connected world

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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…

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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…

Excerpt from research impact canvas

Research Impact Canvas: New tool for impactful science communication

With the help of the newly developed science communication tool Research Impact Canvas, HIIG trains PhD students and postdocs in knowledge transfer during its three day long international Impact School….

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…

Empirische Daten und KI | HIIG

There isn’t enough empirical data on the impact of AI

Many articles in peer-reviewed journals that investigate the application of artificial intelligence to knowledge work refer to data and insights from blogs, newspapers, or data collected by consulting firms. This…

Fair Work Foundation | HIIG

The price of cheap labour

Digital global markets connect supply and demand in a historically unique way. At the same time, the distribution of customers and employees across nations and continents dramatically changed. The age…

LAWS | HIIG Science Blog

Autonomous weapons – reality or imagination?

How autonomous are autonomous weapons? Do they exist in reality? And in what ways do fictional characters like the Terminator shape how we think about this technology? These questions were…

Privatheit | HIIG Science Blog

Endangered privacy in the digital society

In his new book, Armin Nassehi makes the attempt to substatiate digital technology in the structure of modern society itself. He develops the thesis that certain social regularities, structures and…

Nimm die Zahlen nicht zu ernst | HIIG Science Blog

Don’t let the numbers get to you

Her widely received essay “Free Labor: Producing Culture for the Digital Economy” at the turn of the millennium made Tiziana Terranova one of the most influential voices on the digital…

There must be order | HIIG

How an online order fights fragmentation

The internet will not break apart. While centrifugal forces contribute to the emergence of normative froth, frictions and fractures, technical invariants of the internet exercise defragmentation forces. But that’s not…

Predictive Analysis | HIIG Science Blog

Quality control for predictive analytics

More and more decisions are reached with the help of algorithms. Some kind of regulation clearly is necessary. In this article, associated HIIG researcher Gert G. Wagner and  Johannes Gerberding…

Robot judge: Verdict in the name of the algorithm?

Smaller legal disputes in Estonia are to be decided by Artificial Intelligence. In the USA, algorithms are already making decisions about penalties and bail amounts. In Germany, too, there is…

How do platform companies make their money? | HIIG Blog

How do digital platforms make their money?

How do digital platforms capture value from the transactions they enable between different actors? An analysis of 51 platform startups and a derivation of recurring value capture patterns, resulted in…

A Globe depiciting a fragmented world

The internet is already fragmented

The internet community is worried about the impending fragmentation of cyberspace. This discourse rests on very simplistic understandings of sovereignty and territory. By correcting these, argues Daniel Lambach (Normative Orders),…

The transfer of AI-expertise in to sustainable business models

The transfer of research results into functioning innovative business models is an important lever to make Germany a leading AI location. The EXIST funding programs support founders from the university…