The Global Network of Internet Society Research Centers (NoC) is an initiative started in 2014, which aims to increase cooperation between participating centers in order to facilitate knowledge exchange, realize synergies, and collectively confront transnational issues on a global level. In the process, they grapple with a variety of topics of both domestic and global importance: policy, regulation and governance, human behavior and social impact, new markets and business models, intellectual property, privacy and security, and many other issues. However, while many of these inquiries call for international and interdisciplinary exploration, at present, research and engagement activities are loosely coordinated at best. The Network seeks to facilitate such coordination by initiating and pursuing joint research activities and events.
European Hub for Internet and Society
In 2017, representatives of 15 European internet research institutes launched the European Hub for Internet and Society, a platform for scientific exchange and cooperation in Europe. The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) is developing the research platform and will be coordinating the cooperation for the first two years. The first common research focus is the topic of “artificial intelligence”.
Therefore, some first steps have already been taken to facilitate exchange between outstanding researchers on the effects of “artificial intelligence” on human rights: Most noteworthy, HIIG and the Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research (HBI) organised the workshop Algorithmic Decision Making and its Human Rights Implications.