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The fellows of our virtual research clinic introduce themselves

How can we best avoid harmful societal consequences of seemingly well-intentioned targeted advertising strategies? Do we need less targeted systems for ad deliveries or ones that grant their target groups a meaningful choice regarding the kinds of job ads they are interested in? Might there even be a case to be made that targeted advertising should be stopped altogether?

These are just some of the questions we would will tackle together in our virtual clinic on “Increasing Fairness in Targeted Advertising: The Risk of Gender Stereotyping by Job Ad Algorithms”.

Our research fellows will explore a key challenge of online communication spaces: who gets to see what – and who decides why.

HIIG Virtual Clinic | FELLOWS

      Ezgi Eren
Affiliation: Student (LLM) at The University of Edinburgh, Great Britain
Area of Research: Innovation, Technology and the Law
      Lukas Hondrich
Affiliation: Production Manager & Algorithms Specialist at AlgorithmWatch, Germany
Area of Research: Cognitive-Affective Neuroscience
      Linus Huang
Affiliation: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Area of Research: Philosophy of Cognitive Science
      Basileal Imana
Affiliation: PhD student at the University of Southern California, USA
Area of Research: Security, privacy and fairness
      Joanne Kuai
Affiliation: PhD student at Karlstad University, Sweden
Area of Research: AI in Journalism
      Marcela Mattiuzzo
Affiliation: PhD Candidate at the University of São Paulo, Brazil
Area of Research: Commercial Law
      Sylvie Rzepka
Affiliation: Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Potsdam, Germany
Area of Research: Empirical Economics
      Marie-Therese Sekwenz
Affiliation: Student at University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Area of Research: Content Moderation, Automated Bias, AI
      Zora Siebert
Affiliation: Brussels Head of EU Policy Programme at Heinrich Böll Foundation, European Union, Belgium
Area of Research: Political Science
      Sarah Stapel
Affiliation: Student (LLM) at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Area of Research: Privacy and data protection
      Ana Pop Stefanija
Affiliation: PhD researcher at imec-SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Area of Research: Socio-technical aspects of AI
      Franka Weckner
Affiliation: Student at the University of Heidelberg, Germany
Area of Research: International Law

About the research project

The virtual clinic is part of the NoC research project “The Ethics of Digitalisation – From Principles to Practices”, which aims to develop viable answers to challenges at the intersection of ethics and digitalisation. Innovative formats facilitate interdisciplinary scientific work on application-, and practice-oriented questions and achieve outputs of high social relevance and impact. Our first research sprint on algorithmic tools for content moderation has just successfully concluded. The project promotes an active exchange between science, politics and society and thus contributes to a global dialogue on the ethics of digitalisation.

Besides the HIIG, the main project partners are the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, the Digital Asia Hub, and the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut.

The project stands under the patronage of the Federal President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and is funded by the Mercator Foundation.

Project team

Nadine Birner, HIIG

Shlomi Hod, HIIG

Matthias C. Kettemann, HBI/HIIG

Alexander Pirang, HIIG

Friederike Stock, HIIG

About HIIG

The HIIG researches the development of the internet from a societal perspective with the aim to better understand the digitalisation of all spheres of life.

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