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Stimmt’s? 50 Internetmythen auf dem Prüfstand

Ja, Gesetze gelten auch online. Nein, Kriminelle bleiben nicht alle unbestraft. Und nein, die Privatsphäre ist nicht tot – noch nicht. Während das Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2019 vor der…

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,…

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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…

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“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? How real are they already? And to what extent do fictions like the Terminator contribute to 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…

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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…


Hong Kong protests: From Octopus to datenkraken?

The ideal vision of a Smart City is that services and objects are connected to the public infrastructure in order to optimise in energy use, traffic, safety, or quality of…

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How AI extends the doctors visit

Collecting and monitoring health data is a challenge for patients, physicians and insurance companies, especially in the follow-up care of complicated operations. Zana Technologies’ KI-based Health Assistant provides a novel…

AI in the hype cycle – A brief history of AI

In its eventful history, dating back to the 1950s, the research field of artificial intelligence (AI) has experienced several ups and downs. Sometimes the technology went through a phase of…

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Run-DMC logo: When is a meme a meme?

For some years now, stickers have been appearing in Hamburg, Berlin and other German cities, which are all very similarly designed. At traffic lights and on building fences black squares…

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The death of manual data entry

Data collection from standardized documents is still a manual process in many industries. AI-based solutions, such as those from Hypatos in Berlin, automate these manual processes, thereby reducing costs and…


How a medium-sized lamp manufacturer reacts to digital change

Small and medium-sized enterprises are increasingly investing in digital innovation to respond to the rapid changes that meanwhile affect all areas of life and business. But how they make concrete…

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New EU Regulation: Upload filter against terrorist content?

A proposed EU Regulation aims to stop the spreading terrorist content on online platforms. Unfortunately, the misguided draft gravely threatens freedom of expression. HIIG researcher Alexander Pirang explains how the…

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“I miss imaginaries that spell out ideas of AI as a public good”

Christian Katzenbach recently worked with his colleague Jascha Bareis on a project that compared the strategies of various countries such as France, the US and China to partake in a…

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Killer cars? Autonomous vehicles and criminal liability

Who is criminally responsible when an autonomous car is involved in a car accident such as the accident in Arizona? The immediate suspects include: the user, the software company, the…