Network of Centers

Global Network of Centers

The Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC) is an initiative started in 2014, which aims to increase cooperation between participating centres in order to facilitate knowledge exchange, realise 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 behaviour 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.


“European research traditions and theories will be able to make an even bigger contribution to our understanding of the digital society. We at HIIG are pleased to support this process,” –Wolfgang Schulz, director of HIIG.

European Hub Map
Map of the participating centres in the European Hub


Date/Time Event
08.11.2017 - 10.11.2017
All Day
Artificial Intelligence and Inclusion Symposium
MUSEU DO AMANHÃ / Museum of Tomorrow, Rio de Janeiro Brazil
12.10.2017 - 13.10.2017
All Day
Algorithmic Decision Making and its Human Rights Implications
Sirius Minds, Berlin
16:00 - 18:00
NoC Working Meeting @AoIR 2016
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin
9:00 - 15:00
Internet & Society: Emerging topics and research communities
Hong Kong Country Club, Hong Kong Hong Kong
25.04.2014 - 26.04.2014
9:00 - 16:00
Multi-Stakeholder Internet Governance Models, Mechanisms and Issues
15:00 - 19:00
International Seminar on Internet Governance – Preparatory to NETmundial
9:00 - 13:30
NoC Regional Conference Germany 2013
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Room E25, Berlin
8:30 - 19:30
Chances and Risks of Social Participation
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung e.V., Berlin
All Day
NoC Regional Con Turkey: ICT, Law, and Innovation
Hilton Convention Center, Istanbul, Turkey, Istanbul