Launch event for the project “The Ethics of Digitalisation”

The event will be held in German.

How should we programme chatbots to make sure they don’t discriminate when they’re communicating? What rules do we need if we want to develop AI that serves the public good? How should we design algorithms that shape our society?

With the project “The Ethics of Digitalisation” HIIG will investigate these questions in cooperation with renowned partners. To kick off the project, which is funded by the Mercator Foundation, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier invites to a conference at Schloss Bellevue.


Launch event “The Ethics of Digitalisation”
Monday, 17 August 2020, from 10 am
Schloss Bellevue and Livestream


International experts from science, politics, business and civil society will address ethical questions of digitalisation.

Panel discussion in Schloss Bellevue with:

  • Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier
  • Annette Schavan, Co-Chairwoman of the German-Chinese Dialogue Forum
  • Wolfgang Rohe, Managing Director of Stiftung Mercator
  • Wolfgang Schulz, Spokesman of the European Section of the Global Network of Internet and Society Research Center
  • Sunimal Mendis, participant in the Fellow Programme “Ethics of Digitalisation

Event date

17 Aug 2020 ical | gcal



Livestream,,   Berlin


Tanja Zagel

Head: Science Communication | Project Management: Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Society

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