The Ethics of Digitalisation – From Principles to Practices
According to which criteria must chat bots be programmed to communicate without discrimination? What rules must apply when programming AI so that they serve the good of all? How do we design the algorithms that shape our society?
The international research project "Ethics of Digitalisation - From Principles to Practices" aims to develop groundbreaking answers to challenges in the area of conflict between ethics and digitalisation. Innovative scientific formats, research sprints and clinics, form the core of the project; they enable interdisciplinary scientific work on application-, and practice-oriented questions and achieve outputs of high societal relevance and impact.
The project promotes active exchange at the interface of science, politics and society and thus contributes to a global dialogue on an ethics of digitalisation.
Milestones of the project
Frank-Walter Steinmeier opened the launch event of the two-year project at Bellevue Castle
17 August 2020 – Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
- Making Audits Meaningful
- Disclosure Rules for Algorithmic Content Moderation
- Freedom of Expression in the Digital Public Sphere
August until October 2020 – Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
- Open Access Resources on Digital Self-Determination
- Living Syllabus
- Wikipedia entry on digital self-determination
March until May 2021 – Digital Asia Hub
The fellows deal with the topic of “Toward an African Narrative on Digital Sovereignty”.
- German Federal President Frank Walter Steinmeier in exchange with our Sprint Fellows
June until July 2021 – South African Research Chair in Industrial Development at the University of Johannesburg
The fellows deal with the topic of "Challenges & Opportunities of Public Sector AI Policy" in cooperation with the city of Helsinki.
- An extensive playbook of a four-phase participatory process for the introduction of the AI technologies
- Overarching Policy Paper
July 2021 - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
The researchers address the topic of "Explainable AI" in relation to automated decision-making from the perspective of governance, technology and design.
September 2021 - Humboldt Institute für Internet and Society
October 2021 - Digital Asia Hub
October 2021 – Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
February 2022 – Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
March - June 2022 – Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
Project partners include HIIG, the Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut, 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.
|Duration||07/2020 - 06/2022|
The international and interdisciplinary research project is a joint initiative of the Global Network of Internet and Society Research Center (NoC).
On our dossier page on Digitalisation for the Common Good you will find articles, videos and other content on the topic.
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier invites to the launch of an international research project "Ethics of Digitisation" at Bellevue Castle. The launch conference on August 17 will focus on ethical questions of digitization, for example in the functioning of artificial intelligence and algorithms, according to the Office of the Federal President.
In the 3sat program Scobel, Research Director Prof. Wolfgang Schulz speaks on the topic "Ethics for the Digital" (minute 42:00) about research in the course of the project "Ethics of Digitalisation".
Under the patronage of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the project "Ethics of Digitisation" has been launched. One of the directors of research, Prof. Wolfgang Schulz, talks about digital communication at WDR as an opportunity and challenge.
Alexander PirangAssociated Doctoral Researcher: AI & Society Lab
Hanna-Sophie BollmannStudent assistant: Ethics of Digitalisation & NoC
Matthias C. Kettemann, PD, Mag., Dr., LL.M.Associated Researcher, Head of Research Group
Nadine BirnerCoordinator: The ethics of digitalisation | NoC
Vincent HofmannResearcher: AI & Society Lab
Wolfgang Schulz, Prof. Dr.Research Director
Friederike StockFormer Student Assistant: Ethics of Digitalisation | NoC
Birner, N., Hod, S., Kettemann, M. C., Pirang, A. & Stock, F. (2021). Increasing Fairness in Targeted Advertising. The Risk of Gender Stereotyping by Job Ad Algorithms, Birner, N., Hod, S., Kettemann, M. C., Pirang, A., & Stock, F. (Eds.) (2021). Increasing fairness in targeted advertising [The Ethics of Digitalisation Clinics Report, 1]. Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. https://graphite.page/fair-targeted-ads. Publication details
Organisation of eventsMultistakeholder Dialogue
From 06.10.2021 to 08.06.2021. Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin, Germany (International)
Nadine Birner, Matthias C. KettemannResearch Clinic: Explainability and AI
From 08.09.2021 to 12.09.2021. Coconat, Bad Belzig, Germany (International)
Nadine Birner, Daniela Dicks, Matthias C. Kettemann, Theresa ZügerDigitaler Salon: Cookies make you lose control
25.08.2021. Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin, Deutschland (National) Further information
Judith Faßbender, Natasha Vukajlovic, Christian GrauvogelResearch Clinic: AI in Education
From 12.07.2021 to 30.07.2021. Online, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Boston, USA (International)
Nadine Birner, Matthias C. Kettemann, Alexander Pirang, Wolfgang SchulzVirtual Research Sprint: Toward an African Narrative on Digital Sovereignty
From 08.06.2021 to 27.07.2021. Online, South African Research Chair in Industrial Development at the University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa (International) Further information
Nadine Birner, Matthias C. KettemannClinic Closing Event: Increasing Fairness in Targeted Advertising
23.03.2021. Online, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin, Germany (International)
Shlomi Hod, Friederike Stock, Nadine Birner, Matthias C. Kettemann, Alexander Pirang, Wolfgang SchulzResearch Clinic: Increasing Fairness in Targeted Advertising: The Risk of Gender Stereotyping by Job Ad Algorithms
From 01.02.2021 to 14.02.2021. Online, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin, Deutschland (International)
Shlomi Hod, Friederike Stock, Nadine Birner, Matthias C. Kettemann, Alexander Pirang, Wolfgang Schulz