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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.

In August 2020, the NoC launched its international research project "Ethics of Digitalisation - From Principles to Practices". The two-year project aims to develop groundbreaking and actionable answers to challenges in the area of conflict between ethics and digitalisation. Apart from HIIG, the main project partners of the joint initiative are the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, the Digital Asia Hub, and the Leibniz Institute for Media Research I Hans-Bredow-Institute. The research project is funded by Stiftung Mercator; German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is its patron.

European Hub for Internet and Society

The European perspective on global issues

In October 2017, representatives from 15 European research institutes of the NoC launched the European Hub. The aim is to coordinate European cooperation on Internet and society research and to harness synergies between research projects in order to strengthen European Internet research at an international level. The Hub's work focuses on independent and interdisciplinary research on the opportunities and challenges of digital technology, innovation and European society. The European network currently comprises 58 institutions from all over Europe.

“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

Newest events of the network

Quantum Computing: Societal issues of a new technology

Quantum Computing: Societal issues of a new technology

25.06.2024    
15:00 - 16:00
0,00 €
On the sixth NoC learning call, we want to have a closer look at the impact of Quantum computing on society.

Past events of the network

Examining Freedom of Online Communication Across Transatlantic Borders

Examining Freedom of Online Communication Across Transatlantic Borders

30.04.2024    
10:00 - 18:00
This academic roundtable juxtaposes current understandings of freedom and fosters intensified transatlantic cooperation.
Access all areas? Research data access under the DSA

Access all areas? Research data access under the DSA

23.04.2024    
15:00 - 16:00
In this session, we will look at how the DSA aims to level the playing field by providing researchers with data access requests.
Platform Regulation and Democracies

Platform Regulation and Democracies

21.04.2024 - 28.04.2024    
0:00
We co-organise a summer school in India on the topic of platform regulation and democracies in different societal contexts.
Focus topic Digital Services Act (DSA)

Focus topic Digital Services Act (DSA)

26.03.2024    
15:00 - 16:00
We will discuss important takeaways of the DSA, and different positions that academics occupy in research for, with, and against it.
The basis of all good? New regulatory tools in DSA & Co.

The basis of all good? New regulatory tools in DSA & Co.

27.02.2024    
14:00 - 15:00
The Network of Centers (NoC) Learning Call series continues with its second edition. Samson Esayas and Milos Novovic will shed light on the core of [...]
Dr. ChatGPT: The use of LLMs in academia

Dr. ChatGPT: The use of LLMs in academia

30.01.2024    
13:00 - 14:00
In this Learning Call, Benedikt Fecher presents a study on the use of ChatGPT in an academic context.
Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue: Women in the tech sector in Mauritania

Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue: Women in the tech sector in Mauritania

04.11.2023    
14:00 - 19:30
In this dialogue, we want to explore the gender perspective within the tech-sector in Mauritania.
Inspirational talk: Women* who inspire in technology

Inspirational talk: Women* who inspire in technology

04.11.2023    
12:00 - 14:00
An inspirational talk by Fatimetou Mohamed-Saleck sharing her personal journey, challenges, and triumphs as a woman* in the tech sector.
Ideathon on Gender Equality and Equity in the Tech-Sector

Ideathon on Gender Equality and Equity in the Tech-Sector

Ideathon on Gender Equality and Equity in the Tech-Sector
Inspirational talk: Women* who inspire in technology

Inspirational talk: Women* who inspire in technology

An inspirational talk by Omuoy Henag on her personal journey, challenges and triumphs as a woman* in the industry.
Multi-stakeholder dialogue: A Gender Perspective on the Tech-Sector

Multi-stakeholder dialogue: A Gender Perspective on the Tech-Sector

07.06.2023    
12:00 - 15:00
The dialogue centres on the gender perspective within the tech-sector in Ecuador.
Inspirational Talk in Ecuador: Women* who inspire in technology

Inspirational Talk in Ecuador: Women* who inspire in technology

07.06.2023    
11:00 - 12:00
This event presents the working world of a woman in the technology sector.
Inspirational Talk in Mexico: Women* who inspire in technology

Inspirational Talk in Mexico: Women* who inspire in technology

26.05.2023    
15:00 - 15:30
This event presents the working world of a woman in the technology sector.
Multi-stakeholder dialogue: A Gender Perspective on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Tech-Sector

Multi-stakeholder dialogue: A Gender Perspective on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Tech-Sector

24.05.2023    
10:30 - 13:30
The event centres on the gender perspective within the AI and tech-sector in Mexico and the whole region of Latin America.
Online Roundtable Discussion: How can we accelerate the production and adoption of e-government services in Morocco?

Online Roundtable Discussion: How can we accelerate the production and adoption of e-government services in Morocco?

17.03.2023    
9:30 - 12:30
This event explores frameworks towards building and strengthening digital infrastructures for the expansion of e-government services in Morocco.
Multi-stakeholder dialogue: Artificial intelligence and sustainability

Multi-stakeholder dialogue: Artificial intelligence and sustainability

14.02.2023    
9:30 - 14:00
This Event will focus on the promises and perils of applying AI to tackle climate change and other sustainability challenges such as the loss of biodiversity.
Multi-stakeholder dialogue: Digital entrepreneurship for climate

Multi-stakeholder dialogue: Digital entrepreneurship for climate

13.02.2023    
9:30 - 14:00
This Event will explore the potential of digital entrepreneurship in Mexico in order to mitigate climate change.
Green technology, digital entrepreneurship and climate

Green technology, digital entrepreneurship and climate

30.11.2022    
8:30 - 14:00
At this event we will take a closer look at the challenges that Vietnamese entrepreneurs face.
Towards a fairer online platform economy in Kenya

Towards a fairer online platform economy in Kenya

09.11.2022    
9:00 - 16:30
This event is dedicated to exploring pathways for a sustainable regulation of online labour markets in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The future of online labour markets and regulation of the platform economy

The future of online labour markets and regulation of the platform economy

26.07.2022    
14:00 - 16:30
This panel discussion focuses on the regulation of two-sided labour markets in Kenya and Ghana.
Policies towards fairer online gig work

Policies towards fairer online gig work

25.07.2022    
13:30 - 17:30
This multi-stakeholder-dialogue seeks to make policy reccomendations for the regulation of gig-work in Kenya and Ghana.
Sustainable digital entrepreneurship in Benin

Sustainable digital entrepreneurship in Benin

06.07.2022    
14:00 - 18:00
This multi-stakeholder dialogue addresses sustainable digital entrepreneurship in Benin and Francophone West and Central Africa.
08 Nov

Artificial Intelligence and Inclusion Symposium

08.11.2017 - 10.11.2017    
All Day
Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers Official Meeting Symposium Website OVERVIEW / CONCEPT Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related technologies have started to shape important [...]
Algorithmic Decision Making and its Human Rights Implications

Algorithmic Decision Making and its Human Rights Implications

12.10.2017 - 13.10.2017    
All Day
Please note: This workshop is not a public event but on invitation only. With the alluring possibility of technology freeing us from the need to [...]
08 Oct

NoC Working Meeting @AoIR 2016

08.10.2016    
16:00 - 18:00
Global Network of Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers Unofficial Meeting AoIR 2016 – Internet Rules! In October the annual conference of the Association of [...]
27 Nov

Internet & Society: Emerging topics and research communities

27.11.2015    
9:00 - 15:00
The Global Network of Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers (NoC) will host its annual public conference “Internet & Society: Emerging Topics and Research Communities”, [...]
Multi-Stakeholder Internet Governance Models, Mechanisms and Issues

Multi-Stakeholder Internet Governance Models, Mechanisms and Issues

25.04.2014 - 26.04.2014    
9:00 - 16:00
A Network of Centers (NoC) Event in the Series on the Collaborative Internet Governance Ecosystem hosted by the Center for Technology and Society of FGV [...]
22 Apr

International Seminar on Internet Governance – Preparatory to NETmundial

22.04.2014    
15:00 - 19:00
Introduction On April 23-24, 2014 Brazil will be hosting the Global Multi-Stakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance (NETmundial) meeting in Sao Paulo. Nevertheless, [...]
23 Nov

NoC Regional Conference Germany 2013

Global Network of Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers Events Series This event was part of the meeting on Chances and Risks of Social Participation Download [...]
Chances and Risks of Social Participation

Chances and Risks of Social Participation

22.11.2013    
8:30 - 19:30
Participation is a key issue within Internet research and hence also for the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. For this reason the institute is going to initiate a thematically focused meeting on Chances and Risks of Social Participation in Berlin on 22 November 2013 in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation.