Policy

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How do the world’s most powerful internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies treat their users’ freedom of expression and privacy? On 2 May 2018, the Ranking Digital Rights 2018 Corporate Accountability Index European launch event was held at Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). Kirsten Gollatz, PhD candidate at University of Zurich and Project Manager…

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What’s the GDPR?

New rights for consumers, new obligations for businesses: European data protection law will receive a massive update. In this article, five HIIG researchers answered questions on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – and what’s beyond.  1 | GDPR – what’s behind it? Data protection – a topic that previously seemed of interest only to data…

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The ethics of big data, Facebook & Cambridge Analytica

Facebook is under fire after the social media giant admitted it didn’t prevent data from as many as 50 million users getting to political data firm Cambridge Analytica, which it used to develop precise targeting to help Donald J. Trump win the U.S. presidency. Linh Nguyen from WikiTribune spoke to experts to better understand how…

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Power and counter-power in the digital society

How is power constituted in the digital society? Who is powerful – and how can power be countered and contested? On 12 December 2017, Manuel Castells held the opening lecture of our lecture series ‘Making Sense of Digital Society’, organised in cooperation with the German Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb). Prior to his lecture…

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