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From Alma Mater to Algo Mater

The keynote dialogue From Alma Mater to Algo Mater is the fourth event in the series Big data: big power shifts? The evening’s speakers are all eminent experts in understanding the importance of big data for education. The event will be held in English.


In the fourth and final event of the series Big data: big power shifts? we turn towards education: data-based education offers individualised learning opportunities to schools and higher education institutions, allowing for more effective learning, fewer drop-outs and wider access to high quality education. But what if highly sensitive educational data falls into the wrong hands? How can student data best be protected and how is the current European legal framework performing?

22 June 2016 | 7 – 8.30 pm | Doors open 6.30 pm
Leibniz-Saal der Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Jägerstraße 22/23, Eingang Markgrafenstraße, 10117 Berlin

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Jessica White, academic consultant at McGraw-Hill Education, who will present specific examples of how (small and big) digital data can be used for individualised learning opportunities. McGraw-Hill Education is a learning science and publishing company that works with schools and higher education institutions across the world, including in Germany.

Yoni Har Carmel, researcher at the Haifa Center for Law and Technology, who will share his views on the opportunities and risks of big data in education and highlight how regulation can shape a proper use of big data in educational contexts. He is author of the research paper ‘Regulating “big data education” in Europe: lessons learned from the US’, which is a part of the Internet Policy Review Special Issue ‘Big data: big power shifts?’ that accompanied this lecture series.


19:10Unlocking personalized learning with McGraw Hill Education: Small Data in a Big Data World
Jessica White, academic consultant at McGraw-Hill Education
19:30Protecting Student Rights in “Big Data Education”
Yoni Har Carmel, researcher at the Haifa Center for Law and Technology
19:50Discussion with panelists and the public
Moderation: Richard Heinen, researcher at the Learning Lab of the University of Duisburg-Essen
20:30Stand-up reception

A keynote dialogue in the series Big data: big power shifts?

The event is the keynote dialogue for the series Big data: big power shifts?, that the HIIG conducts in cooperation with the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications.

​Although big data has been a major issue in the internet-related public debate, it is still unclear what impact big data has on societies today. Mayer-Schönberger & Cukier claim that big data is a “revolution that will transform how we live, work, and think”. But whereas revolutions imply a profound shift in power relations, there is little evidence and debate about whether and, if so, how big data affects power relations.

The lecture series will explore this topic with speakers from different backgrounds and be backed by a special issue of the Internet Policy Review.

The event series Big data: big power shifts? is curated by Dr. Lena Ulbricht, WZB Research Fellow.

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Event date

22.06.2016 | 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm ical | gcal


Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften | Leibniz-Saal,  Jägerstraße 22/23,  10117 Berlin


Larissa Wunderlich

Visual Communication and Design


This high-profile lecture series thrives to develop a European perspective on the processes of transformation that our societies are currently undergoing.


Once a month we publicly discuss the impact of digitalisation on the society. Therefore we invite special guests and engage in a dialogue with the audience.


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