Making sense of our connected world


Making sense of our connected world

Issues in focus

Governing AI: Political players between vision and regulation

Not only tech giants in Silicon Valley influence the development of artificial intelligence (AI): supranational political institutions, states and parties are also active leaders and regulators. They set legal standards, formulate strategies for the future, explore potentials and dangers, promote and sanction or even adopt controversial positions. How do political actors position themselves in the AI debate between economic interest, ethical controversies and the common good? Where do their strategies differ? Is politics here more of a driver or a driven force?

Governing artificial intelligence

Videos on the topic

Jeanette Hofmann at German Bundesrat

AI: Profit or danger for free opinion formation and democracy? (German)

Christian Djeffal at #ÖFIT2017 Conference

Lecture: Normative Guidelines for AI in Public Administration (German)

Lecture Series: Making Sense of the Digital Society

Elena Esposito: Future and uncertainty in the digital society

Selected publications

Inclusive Design – Methods To Ensure A High Degree Of Participation in Artificial Intelligence (AI) Systems

To mitigate and address biases within AI systems, this paper analyses current practices in dataset compilation, use and AI system design before highlighting some state-of-the-art work being done in this domain. This is followed by recommendations to improve and build upon that work.

Normative Guidelines for AI in Government and Public Administration

This article examines AI systems in public administration and raises the question of what guidelines already exist for artificial intelligence and what trends are emerging. The paper concludes with a call for interdisciplinary research and moderate regulation of technology to exploit its positive potential.

Artificial intelligence in public administration

Even at the present stage of development, artificial intelligence technologies have the potential to fundamentally change public administration. The chances for this always lie in the design of the technology. These are the results of a short study on the use of AI in public administration, funded by the National E-Government Competence Centre in Germany.

HIIG Podcast


Further videos

Digitaler Salon: Gewissensbytes

There is no algorithm for ethics yet (German)

Thoughts of the week: Christian Djeffal

AI can lead to more humanity!

Long Night of the Sciences: Wolfgang Schulz

Algorithmic decision-making (German)