Making sense of our connected world


Making sense of our connected world

Issues in focus

Algorithmic decisions and human rights

Who is responsible if an autonomous vehicle is involved in an accident? What are the consequences of automated profiling of the unemployed? How intelligent is our use of artificial intelligence, and what visions and strategies do we need for the future? Innovations in the field of artificial intelligence are impacting nearly every area of our everyday life. However, algorithmic decision-making leads to complex human rights implications. In this dossier researchers of the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and the NoC European Hub discuss the role of law and ethics in the context of algorithmic decision-making.

HIIG Expertise

Amelié Heldt at the Center for Cyber Law & Policy

AI and challenges to democratic deliberation

Wolfgang Schulz: protecting human rights online

New guidelines on internet intermediaries

Jeanette Hofmann at the German Federal Council

AI – benefit or danger for free opinion formation and democracy?

Blog articles

autonomous cars

Killer cars? Autonomous vehicles and criminal liability

The key challenges of social robots

Understanding Artificial Intelligence

Algorithmische Entscheidungen und Menschenrechte

Algorithmic decision making and human rights

Can a black box be trusted?

Profiling the unemployed

Mind-tracking and the new transparent self

Selected publications

The Turn to Artificial Intelligence in Governing Communication Online

Presently, we are witnessing an intense debate about technological advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) research and its deployment in various societal domains and contexts. In this context, media and communications is one of the most prominent and contested fields. Bots, voice assistants, automated (fake) news generation, content moderation and filtering – all of these are examples of how AI and machine learning are transforming the dynamics and order of digital communication.

Sustainable Development of Artificial Intelligence (SAID)

Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing our lives. However, it seems to be a solution and a problem at the same time. In order to understand opportunities and risks, to evaluate promises and warnings, we should ask the right questions and choose the right frame of analysis. It is time to think and talk about AI in terms of sustainable development.

Artificial Intelligence at a Crossroads

There are many ethical and legal issues coming across in the context of AI. As a society we need to decide how we want to design our AI and how we can ensure them to be inherently fair and explainable. Specifically in the case of autonomous vehicles the development of a consensual ethical and legal framework is of great urgency. When it comes to possible legal responses, the policy-makers have to take into account that there are applications specific issues as well as cross cutting challenges that need to be addressed.

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Further Videos

Digitaler Salon (in German)

Algorithms and ethics

Making sense of the digital society

Elena Esposito: Future and uncertainty

Jeanette Hofmann at re:publica (in German)

Fundamental rights for the digital age