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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...

Digital identities: a chance for democracy?

What happens when the entity that issued your identification documents no longer exists? Are encrypted identities the solution to this and could they be a prerequisite for technologically enabled forms...
Mr. Bean driving his car adventurously

Is the future of mobility upon us?

Silicon Valley is notoriously known for its heavy traffic, affecting every Bay Area resident on a daily basis. No wonder that Silicon Valley has become a test-bed for futuristic mobility...

Proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market: a missed opportunity?

Do news aggregators impact traffic generation towards online news sites? Will platforms like Instagram and TripAdvisor automatically filter user content? Is an EU news publishers’ right really a good idea? ...

Click Cliques: User Types in Online Learning

It should have been an educational game changer. The world’s top universities were offering courses online, free to anyone with an Internet connection. Enthusiasm was high, as was enrollment. But...

We want to e-participate

The latest form of the diverse concept of political participation is “e-participation”. This includes activities by citizens who use information and communication technologies to try to influence political processes. What...

Data protection law in upheaval?

Less than two months had passed since the General Data Protection Regulation entered into force on 25 May 2018, and yet its impact could already be seen everywhere. In addition...

Digital work: Unions focus on the crowd

IG Metall is the world’s largest organised employee representation. For them, as well as for other unions, working in the digital age raises many new challenges and tasks. Stefan Stumpp,...

How YouTube helps to unite the Right

With over 1.5 billion users a month, YouTube is the world’s biggest social media platform. It is also the communication and information backbone for the far-right in the United States....

Creating value with the crowd

The crowd is continuously gaining significance for organisations. What exactly makes it so valuable? This article by Stefan Stumpp, associate researcher at HIIG, inquires which areas of an organisation profit...
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Codetermination, Allgäu-style

Co-creation, transparency and other forms of employee participation are becoming more and more of a necessity for enterprises – and that goes not only for upstarts, but increasingly for small...

Storm in a teacup: predatory journals are irrelevant

A team of investigative journalists has discovered so-called “Predatory publishing”. Since then media has quickly picked up the term “fake science”. Yet, the phenomenon is well-known to researchers and only...

Removals of online hate speech in numbers

Six months after a new German law – the Network Enforcement Act – has come into full effect, social media platforms are tasked to report on illegal hate speech. But...

The difficulty of regulating “fake news”

In early 2018, President Macron announced a law against fake news. This was triggered by the dissemination of false information during the election campaign and the general fear that they...

Is there (digital) life after death?

Yes, at least for your digital persona according to the German Federal Court of Justice [1]. The judges found that a social media account is hereditary. Social media accounts are to be...

What is digital constitutionalism?

Over the past few decades, the incessant development of digital technology and its disruptive impact on contemporary society have affected the relative equilibrium of the constitutional ecosystem. A series of...