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Judith Simon: The ethics of AI and big data

Advances in digital technologies in general and artificial intelligence in particular have stirred high hopes and deep fears at the same time. High expectations of great advancements in science, industry and society are confronted with equally grave concerns regarding threats to civil rights, societal values and democratic liberties posed by such technologies. As a consequence, requests have been voiced demanding the ethical design of such technologies, a trend mirrored in many recent policy papers. But how exactly can fundamental rights and moral values be accounted for in the design, development and management of systems as diverse as the Facebook newsfeed, search engines, and automated-decision making tools predicting anything from creditworthiness to recidivism?


Judith Simon: The ethics of AI and big data
Monday 6 September 2021 | 7 pm | Doors open 6pm
Spindler & Klatt – Köpenicker Str. 16-17 | Livestream –


Judith Simon is Professor of Ethics in Information Technology at the University of Hamburg. She is interested in ethical, epistemological and political questions in the context of big data, Artificial Intelligence and digitization in general. She is a member of the German Ethics Council and of numerous other advisory boards and commissions. In 2020 she published the Routledge Handbook of Trust and Philosophy.



18:00  Doors open
19:00 – 19:15  Welcome and introduction
19:15 – 20:00  The ethics of AI and big data
  Judith Simon (University of Hamburg)
20:00 – 20:45 Discussion and questions from the audience. Moderation: Tobi Müller
20:45 – 22:00  Get-together

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Making Sense of the Digital Society

The current rapid pace of technological change creates enormous uncertainties – and thus the need for explanations that help us better understand our situation and shape the future. The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) are therefore continuing the Lecture Series Making Sense of the Digital Society that was launched in 2017. The aim of the format is to develop a European perspective on the current processes of transformation and its societal impact.



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Event date

06.09.2021 | 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm ical | gcal


Spindler & Klatt Studio,  Köpenicker Str. 16-17,  10997 Berlin


Christian Grauvogel

Former Head of Dialogue & Knowledge Transfer | Project Coordinator SET


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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