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European Perspective

Global network for internet research

The Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC) is an initiative started in 2012, 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.  The Network initiates and facilitates joint research activities and events and thereby has added a global perspective on the current debates on internet and society.

Research Sprint "AI and platform governance"

For our project “Ethics of Digitalisation”, we are now inviting applications from advanced PhD researchers and early post-docs with diverse backgrounds (IT, law, political sciences and related fields) to join a 

research sprint on “AI and platform governance”

taking place at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) from 17th of August 2020 to the 25th of October 2020. Main partners of the project are the Stiftung Mercator, the HIIG, the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, the Digital Asia Hub. The Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier is patron of this project. 

Find the application here. More informations are following.

European Hub for Internet and Society

The European perspective on global issues

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

Current events of the network

To browse current and future events of the Network of Centers, click here.

Past events of the network

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
Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, 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