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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

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...

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?...

Amidst Insta stories and science events

Nadine Lahn has applied for an internship in the field of science communication. With her article on filter bubbles in the student magazine Karlsruher Transfer, she quickly convinced us. After...

“Cleanliness is next to godliness”

Recruited from the street, content moderators sit in front of screens for hours, filtering violence and hatred from our timelines. They are exploited, mostly left alone with the psychological consequences...

The politics behind the Smart City

Modern cities depend largely on invisible infrastructures. The much-hyped ‘Smart Cities’ promise to digitise the urban – but what happens when they fail? How do we make sure that cities...

The price of connection

Shifts in our communication infrastructures have reshaped the very possibilities of social order driven by markets and commercial exploitation. Some people even regard this as a new form of capitalism....

Addiction: Apt metaphor for (over)use of digital technology?

People are increasingly being warned about the dangers to one’s physical and emotional well-being of always being online. In this post, Sally Wyatt reflects critically on the metaphors of ‘use’...

Soap bubbles

“This might interest you” – How the Filter Bubble determines our perception

The Filter Bubble – that is one of the most discussed phenomena of the internet. It is suspected of restricting our perception of the Internet through filters. Everyone is talking...

Scientific policy advice – Mediator between two systems

Scientific policy advice is also becoming increasingly important in Germany. What is important here? Rebecca Winkels talked to Christian Kobsda, associate researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet...

Could fake news annul the Brazilian elections?

Fake News affecting polls – a possibility feared for the Brazilian Presidential Elections this year. As Supreme Court Justice Luiz Fux has claimed the election results could even be annulled. But how...

What is surveillance capitalism?

Big Brother is watching you. And not only that – new methods of evaluating and manipulating behavior are starting to threaten our freedom. In her new book “The Age of...

Is political micro-targeting hijacking European democracy?

One of the phenomena that Tom Dobber and Natali Helberger have put under the magnifying glass is political micro-targeting, a technique employed by politicians to address individual voters with tailor-made...