Exploring digital spheres – a podcast by HIIG
Listen to our brand-new podcast on the digital society!
Come with us on a journey into the realms of the digital: In the podcast Exploring digital spheres you will get to know HIIG researchers from diverse disciplines. We ask them, how our digital society works and what the future might look like. Every other episode, the researchers will enter into a dialogue with other digital mavericks! Please leave a comment on iTunes.
All about our digital society
This is Exploring Digital Spheres, a brand new podcast produced by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. We are very excited to announce this podcast all about our digital society.
We find ourselves surrounded by buzzwords like Big Data, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence and it becomes ever more difficult to understand the world that we are currently building. Together with Wouter Bernhardt we will be diving deep into a world of coding, rating, nudging and filtering. We will be asking questions on how our digital society works and what the future might look like.
All this and more, every second week on itunes, spotify and hiig.de.
Inside I: Filtered away
A conversation with Rike Maier on the use and mis-use of remixes on the internet. How does one regulate the immeasurable amount of material uploaded every minute and do filters do a good job of keeping copyright infringements at bay?
Outside I: Fake news and elections
Amélie Heldt speaks with Clara Iglesias Keller about the regulation of fake news in times of election campaigns. They speak about the dissemination of false information in social media, the set of problems regarding information manipulation during the elections in France and the United States, possible countermeasures and much more.
Inside II: Rithm of algo
In this episode, Wouter dives deeper into the universe of algorithms. Did you also wonder why certain videos pop up in your timeline? How do computers recognise objects? In an insightful conversation with Wouter, HIIG director Björn Scheuermann tells us about his research as a computer scientist and in how far he trusts algorithm based machines.
Outside II: Are we colonised by data?
Nick Couldry, professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) talks about his very own media rituals – celebrity spotting and falling asleep to the radio news – as well as how a media professor is dealing with knowing what kind of personal data WhatsApp is collecting. Also: What exactly is data colonialism?
Inside III: Squeak-clean internet
Wouter met Martin Riedl in the middle of Berlin to discuss how platforms keep the internet "clean" from undesirable content – but what is undesirable? And what does it mean for moderators when they click through thousand of graphic images?
Outside III: Bad content, good content
Often we don't see the same content on the internet as others do. Julia Krüger, an editor for Netzpolitik.org and assistant to a German member of parliament, is deeply convinced that we need to create alternative moderation schemes to uphold liberal values. Together with HIIG-researcher Amélie Heldt, she discusses the different methods of moderation and the role of AI yet to come.
Inside IV: Smart bureaucracy
Christian Djeffal talks about how artificial intelligence can help public administrations cut costs and resources, and re-allocate them to be of better service to its citizens.
Outside IV: I, just extraordinary (in German)
Andreas Reckwitz and Thomas Christian Bächle discuss singularity in the internet society.
Inside V: Jessica Schmeiss on AI and entrepreneurship in Germany
When did you hear of the last German Facebook, Uber or Amazon? Today’s episode is on the question why Germany tends to find it difficult to make the translation between researching AI and creating a successful AI startup. We’ll be speaking with Jessica Schmeiss, doctoral researcher at the Humboldt Institute. Her research focusses on digital entrepreneurship and in trying to make AI less of a ‘black box’.
Outside V: Marleen Stikker on Smart Citizen
"People think it’s inherent of the internet that you lose your privacy, but it’s not, it’s based on the business model of those companies.” – Marleen Stikker speaks about how the fairphone was invented, what fablabs are for and how we eventually should get involved ourselves to decide what to do with disruptive technology. This is an episode for smart citizens!
Inside VI: Nicolas Friederici on African innovation hubs
"Silicon Savannah", "Africa is rising" – much attention is directed at Africa as a continent of economic opportunity and growth. In this episode, HIIG researcher Nicolas Friederici stresses that relative to the hype and hope, things are not that easy and we shouldn't limit our focus on how to copy silicon valley models.
The research presented in this episode is part of the Geonet project by the Oxford Internet Institute (check the show notes for more information on the project).
NEXT: Outside VI: AI and online advertisement
Coming up soon on iTunes, Spotify and hiig.de
About the podcast
The HIIG researches the development of the internet from a societal perspective with the aim to better understand the digitalisation of all spheres of life.