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AI and Content Moderation – Closing event of the first research sprint

Public pressure on platform companies to more soundly monitor the content on their sites is constantly increasing. To address this, platforms are turning to algorithmic content moderation systems. These systems prioritize content that promises to increase engagement and block content that is deemed illegal or is infringing the platforms own policies and guidelines. But content moderation is a ‘wicked problem’ that raises many questions all of which eschew simple answers. Where is the line between hate speech and freedom expression – and how to automate and deploy this on a global scale? Are platforms overblocking legitimate content, or are they rather failing to limit illegal speech on their sites? 

Within the framework of a ten-week virtual research sprint hosted by the HIIG, thirteen international researchers from various disciplines came together to tackle the challenges posed by automation in content moderation. Their work resulted in policy briefings focused on algorithmic audits and on increasing the transparency and accountability of automated content moderation systems. We warmly invite you to learn more about their findings and attend their output presentations followed by a panel discussion.


AI and Content Moderation – Closing event of the first research sprint
November 11 | Livestream | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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Opening remarks on the project and the research sprint by research director Wolfgang Schulz and research lead Alexander Pirang.

Presentations of the research outputs by the sprint fellows:

Followed by a panel discussion moderated by Jennifer Boone with:

The Ethics of Digitalisation

The international research project “The Ethics of Digitalisation – From Principles to Practices” aims to develop groundbreaking answers to challenges and concrete problems in the area of conflict between ethics and digitalisation. Innovative scientific formats, research sprints and clinics, form the core of the project; they enable interdisciplinary scientific work on application-, and practice-oriented questions and achieve outputs of high social relevance and impact. The project promotes active exchange at the interface of science, politics and society and thus contributes to a global dialogue on an ethics of digitalisation.

Event date

11.11.2020 | 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm ical | gcal


Livestream,,   Berlin


Christian Grauvogel

Ehem. Leiter Dialog und Wissenstransfer | Projektkoordinator SET


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