Impetus for the digital society

Digitalisation is innovation. Exploiting digitalisation for society needs
governance of innovation. In order to shape societal change, we first need to understand it.

Lab for digital mavericks

A home for researchers who cross disciplinary boundaries, love questioning
norms and discourses – in order to explore the depths of digital transformation.

We are making sense of the digital society

Digital transformation affects all areas of societal life. In our research at HIIG we analyse these changes and shed light on current discourses, in order to inform and activate the actors involved.

Incubator for digital research networkers

Interested in becoming part of a home to digital mavericks? HIIG offers young researchers
a platform for their interests and helps them grow their international network.

Exploring digital spheres

HIIG is on a mission: We are making sense of the digital society.
While everyone is asking for interdisciplinary research, we have been doing it since the beginning.

European perspective on global issues

In times of rapid change there is great need for global explanations.
We look for these answers by putting on European glasses.

Hub for Internet Research

Together with economic, political and civil-society stakeholders we're exploring digitalisation
in order to bridge the gap between the web and society.


Long Night of the Sciences

Hands-on internet research

On 15 June, we will open our doors to introduce you to our research on data protection,...

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Internet and Society Fellowship 2020

You want to immerse yourself deeper into the digital society? Apply now as a fellow and join our...

Making sense of the digital society

José van Dijck in Berlin

Last chance to sign up for the lecture about Europe and platform societies on 5 June!


A brief history of AI – AI in the hype cycle

In its eventful history, dating back to the 1950s, the research field of artificial intelligence (AI) has experienced several ups and downs. Sometimes the technology went through a phase of...

New EU Regulation: Upload filter against terrorist content?

A proposed EU Regulation aims to stop the spreading terrorist content on online platforms. Unfortunately, the misguided...

“I miss imaginaries that spell out ideas of AI as a public good”

Christian Katzenbach recently worked with his colleague Jascha Bareis on a project that compared the strategies of...


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Digital innovation and entrepreneurship

Increasingly, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are investing in digital technologies to respond to the rapid changes that are now affecting almost all sectors of life and work. Many SMEs take this step either to realign their business model, to make their processes more efficient or simply because they are forced to do so by structural change and altering customer needs. But what concrete activities and strategies do SMEs pursue in terms of digital innovation? What are the different approaches? What exactly do successful digitisation projects look like in medium-sized companies? In our dossier we get to the bottom of these and other questions.

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Digital education for the future

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