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
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. KettemannAssociated 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
Drobotowicz, K., Vidal, V., Ziosi, M., Au, Y., Rawal, K., & Schneider, G. (2021). The playbook on participation and accountability in city challenges. Berkman Klein Center. Publication details
de Castro e Silva, B., Ly, E., Poszler, F., Marvez, G. R., Balasubramaniam, N., & Vogl, T. (2021). Municipal stakeholder engagement strategies for learning analytics and AI in education: participatory design, accountability and oversight mechanisms. Berkman Klein Center. Publication details
Kitikamdhorn, A., Chua, R., Bettay, D., Adhikari, A., Huth, L., & Atabey, A. (2021). Bangkok: An ethical city in 2030. Digital Asia Hub. Publication details
Birner, N., Hod, S., Kettemann, M. C., Pirang, A., & Stock, F. (Eds.) (2021). Increasing Fairness in Targeted Advertising. The Risk of Gender Stereotyping by Job Ad Algorithms, . Publication details
Butters, N., Bollmann, H., Hofmann, V., & Kettemann, M. (2021). Digitalisierung definieren: Eine Verteidigung ethischer Prinzipien im digitalen Zeitalter. Digital Society Blog. Publication details
Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society (2021). A New Approach to Experiential Learning: Scholars inform the City of Helsinki on ethical AI applications for schools during BKC’s AI Policy Research Clinic. Berkman Klein Center. Publication details
Digital Asia Hub (2021). Fall 2021 Research Clinic on Cities, Digitalization, and Ethics. Digital Asia Hub News. Publication details
Organisation of eventsStakeholder-Dialog – Ethik der Digitalisierung
From 06.10.2021 to 08.10.2021. Humboldt Institute für Internet and Society, Berlin, Germany. Co-Organised by: Berkman Klein Center, Digital Asia Hub (International) Further information
Nicole Butters, Hanna-Sophie Bollmann, Nadine Birner, Christian GrauvogelVirtual research clinic – Cities and the ethics of digitalisation
From 01.10.2021 to 31.10.2021. Online, The Digital Asia Hub, Hong Kong, HKSAR. Co-Organised by: Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berkman Klein Center (International) Further information
Nadine BirnerDigitaler 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, Cambridge, USA (International)
Nadine Birner, Matthias C. Kettemann, Alexander Pirang, Wolfgang SchulzVirtual research clinic – Challenges & opportunities of public sector AI policy
From 01.07.2021 to 31.07.2021. Online, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. Co-Organised by: The Digital Asia Hub, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (International) Further information
Nadine BirnerResearch 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