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.

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


Nadine Birner

Coordinator: The ethics of digitalisation | NoC