Making sense of our connected world


Making sense of our connected world

Issues in Focus

The Ethics of Digitalisation

According to which criteria must chat bots be programmed to communicate without discrimination? What rules must apply in the development of artificial intelligence so that AI applications serve the common good? How do we design the algorithms that shape our society?In our interdisciplinary project "The Ethics of Digitalisation", we work together with international partner institutions to develop concrete problem solutions that support practical applications and dialogue at the intersection of science, politics, digital economy, and civil society.

What our project partners say

Amar Ashar | Berkman Klein Center at Harvard

Why we need a global dialogue on the ethics of digitalization

Malavika Jayaram | Digital Asia Hub

Why we need more involvement in the design of artificial intelligence

Carlos Affonso Souza | Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro

Why we need to address digital inequality

Texts about the topic

Artificial and intelligent but also sustainable?

Despite the growing global interest in mitigating climate change and in the digital transformation, there is often still a lack of implementation expertise on how these "instruments" can best be...

Making Technology Great Again: How to Use Ethics to Save Digitalisation

Can your refrigerator order milk for you but refuse to give you a second ice cream? Should your self-driven car drive with you into a tree instead of over a…

Discrimination preprogrammed?

Technology is never neutral. And even if the Internet as a medium initially invited us to deconstruct established, fixed role models and identities in supposedly new publics, to break up…

Digital Social Innovation: from efficiency to effectiveness in digitalisation

How can technology help organisations to more effectively tackle societal challenges? In this article we introduce the concept of effectiveness in digitalisation, which, we believe, is key to any digitalisation…

Social Scoring – a Chinese invention?

Chinas Social Scoring System ist in aller Munde, wenn es um totale Überwachung geht. Die „westliche Welt“ distanziert sich. Zu Recht? Ohne Frage. Allerdings wäre eine ausführliche Reflexion über hiesige…

Busted: AI will fix it

There is a strong belief on the internet that AI will solve basically all of future society’s problems, if we just give it enough time. Christian Katzenbach took a close…

The key challenges of social robots

What are the key ethical, legal and social (ELS) issues of social robots? How can these challenges be addressed? To answer these questions, Christoph Lutz conducted with two research colleagues…

Ethics and digital transformation

Matthias C. Kettemann | Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans Bredow Institute

The transformation of society and the normative design of digitalization

Christian Katzenbach | Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft

The Platform Paradox - Responsibility and Power in the Digital Society

Talk: Digitaler Salon Spezial | GI-Jahrestagung INFORMATIK 2018

„Gewissensbytes“ – Discussion about digital ethics