The ethics of digitalisation – from principles to practices

How should we programme chatbots to make sure they don’t discriminate when they’re communicating? What rules do we need if we want to develop AI that serves the public good? How can we design algorithms that shape our society?

Its interdisciplinary and international focus enables it to promote a global dialogue on the ethics of digitalisation by involving researchers, political representatives and the public.

Innovative research sprints and clinics are at the project’s very core. It is specifically designed to transfer the knowledge gained in the scientific formats to digital policies. The goal of the project is to develop concrete solutions that enable practical applications in a multidisciplinary environment.

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The project partners are HIIG, the  Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut and the NoC (Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers) as well as the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University and the Digital Asia Hub.

The project is funded by Stiftung Mercator. The Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier is patron of this project.

Duration07/2020 – 06/2022
SponsorStiftung Mercator
Fellows of the first Research Sprint (17/08 -25/10/2020)
  • Aline Iramina
    • Copyright Law
    • PhD Candidate at the University of Brasilia, Brazil (and University of Glasgow starting from October 2020)
  • Angelica Fernandez
    • IT Law, Intermediary Liability, Disinformation, Online Platforms and AI
    • PhD Researcher at the University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Charlotte Spencer-Smith
    • Communication Studies
    • PhD Candidate at the University of Salzburg, Austria
  • David Morar
    • Public Policy, Private Governance
    • Visiting Scholar at George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, US
  • Dominiquo Santistevan
    • Computer Science and Sociology 
    • PhD student at the University of Chicago, US
  • Erich Prem 
    • Artificial Intelligence, Epistemology, Technology and Innovation Policy
    • Director at eutema GmbH and Lecturer at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria
  • Hannah Bloch-Wehba
    • Law
    • Associate Professor at Texas A&M University School of Law, US
  • Josh Cowls
    • Digital Ethics and Technology Policy
    • PhD Candidate at Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford and Research Associate at the Alan Turing Institute, UK
  • Philipp Darius
    • Social and Political Data Science
    • PhD Candidate at the Digital Governance Centre, Hertie School, Berlin, Germany
  • Sunimal Mendis
    • Copyright Law
    • Assistant Professor in Intellectual Property Law at Tilburg University, The Netherlands 
  • Valentina Golunova 
    • EU Law
    • PhD Candidate at Maastricht University, The Netherlands
  • Wai Yan
    • Statistics and Data Science
    • Lead AI Engineer at Koe Koe Tech, Myanmar
  • Wayne Wei Wang
    • Intellectual Property, Information Law, Computational Legal Studies
    • PhD Candidate at the University of Hong Kong & Creative Commons, Hong Kong


Nadine Birner

Coordinator: The ethics of digitalisation | NoC