Research at HIIG

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) aims to broaden the theoretical and empirical foundation of internet and society research in order to contribute to a better understanding of digital society. Throughout the process of digitalisation, societies are undergoing changes. Our conceptual frame of reference for identifying and assessing these societal changes is the relationship between innovation and governance.

 

Innovation Governance

 

Innovation and governance interact in ambiguous ways; they may both mutually stimulate and even enable each other but they may also be constraining. Tensions and synergies emerging from this relationship can be found across all societal fields and organisations including the state, corporations and markets, from the local to the global level.

Analysing the relationship between innovation and governance, HIIG has developed three long-term research programmes, who provide the framework for research activities at HIIG. Further research groups and projects add to and strengthen our programme-oriented research. Research results are presented and discussed through science transfer projects and events.  

Research Structure

Research programmes

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CONCEPTS, DISCOURSES, MATERIALITIES

The evolving digital society

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DATA, ACTORS, INFRASTRUCTURE

The governance of data-driven innovation and cyber security

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KNOWLEDGE & SOCIETY

Shifts in knowledge production, organisation and transfer

Current research projects

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Science and education · Society and culture

The Third Engagement Report

The Third Engagement Report is a report on civic engagement that focuses on “The Future of Civil...

Politics and law · Society and culture

The Public International Law of the Internet

The rapid development of the Internet and the increasing digitalisation of everyday life is raising new legal...

Politics and law · Science and education

The Futures of Telemedicine: Knowledge, Policy, Regulation

Digital health card, electronic health record, medical telematics infrastructure – these are the terms dominating the public...

digitale öffentliche verwaltung
Politics and law · Society and culture

The Digital Administrative State

Current discussions on the Internet’s impact on public administration and on public institutions in general have centred...

Entrepreneurship and innovation

Task Force: European Platform Economy

The “Task Force European Platform Economy” is a group of HIIG researchers who study the implications of...

Internet Policy Review IPR Logo
Politics and law · Science and education

Publication: Internet Policy Review

The Internet Policy Review is an open access, fast track and peer­-reviewed journal on Internet regulation.

Pelagios
Science and education · Society and culture

Pelagios Commons: Linking the places of your past

Being able to link one document to another — and move easily between them — is one...

Entrepreneurship and innovation · Science and education

Open!

The meaning of Open Source Innovation for the future firm Open Source Innovation (OSI) is an important...

Media and data

Innovation and Imitation in the Games Sector

This 2-year study investigated the tension between innovation and imitation in the Digital Games Industry. In this...

Goodcoin
Media and data · Society and culture

Goodcoin – Robust Privacy for Loyalty Programmes and Payment Systems

The processing of customer data plays an important role both in traditional business and e-commerce.

Media and data · Politics and law

Global Privacy Governance

In the age of the Internet, in the wake of new challenges from increased network connection, new...

Gemeinsam digital
Entrepreneurship and innovation · Society and culture

Gemeinsam Digital

_Gemeinsam digital (“together digital”), Berlin’s Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum (Competence Centre SME 4.0), is a central point of contact...

Meinungsfreiheit im quasi-öffentlichen Raum
Media and data · Society and culture

Freedom of Expression in the Quasi-Public Sphere

The emerging publics on the Internet heavily rely on the infrastructure and platforms provided by private entities...

Innovation Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship and innovation · Science and education

Entrepreneurship Research Lab

Our Innovation and Entrepreneurship team is a transdisciplinary group of researchers at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute...

Empirical Copyright Research
Media and data · Politics and law

Empirical Copyright Research

Copyright is one of the most contested fields of Internet regulation. Strong copyright protection is routinely assumed...

Science and education · Society and culture

DREAM (Digital Research Mining)

As part of the DREAM project, a mobile application is being developed that simplifies the search for...

Digitale Innovation im Mittelstand
Entrepreneurship and innovation · Society and culture

Digital Innovation in German mid-sized businesses

Digitalisation brings new opportunities and growth potential, especially for the German Mittelstand. What kind of activities and...

Dewmystifying AI
Society and culture

Demystifying AI in entrepreneurship

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to sustainably change how value is created in all sectors. In...

Digital Citizenship
Politics and law · Society and culture

DECiDe – Digital Identity, European Citizenship and the Future of Democracy

We see an increasing number of citizens dissatisfied with their government organisations, at all political levels. At...

Entrepreneurship and innovation · Media and data

Data Governance

The sharing and re-use of digital data can foster innovation and increase economic and social welfare. However,...

Politics and law · Society and culture

Cybersecurity

With critical infrastructure becoming increasingly networked and the number of networked sensors and other objects of everyday...

Media and data · Politics and law

Creative uses and cross – border copyright regulation

The Internet and digitisation simplify access to copyright protected works, and facilitate their distribution and use. However,...

Society and culture

Competing and complementing – The relation of Co-determination and new participatory platforms within companies

In our project “Competing and complementing – The relation of co-determination and new participatory platforms within companies”...

Case Study: Innovation and Imitation in the Games Sector

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society is currently launching an 18-month study into the...

Completed research groups and projects

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Politics and law · Society and culture

Wahlkompass Digitales

Digital policy will be a focal point of the German federal elections in 2017. More than ever,...

Entrepreneurship and innovation · Society and culture

User innovation in smart energy technologies

Interconnected, intelligent energy systems are a highly discussed issue. Such systems are used by customers to control...

Skyscrapers and Wifi signals
Media and data

Privacy by design in smart cities

How to build smart cities in a privacy and security-friendly way, when more and more movements and human...

Media and data · Politics and law

Participation in German Law

In the context of a comprehensive project concerning online participation in cooperation with the Hans-Bredow-Institute, the sub-project...

Politics and law · Society and culture

Participating through the Outernet

Due to technological progress and a price decline in display technologies, it is believed that almost any...

Science and education · Society and culture

Opening Science

It seems as though the digitalisation of research is accompanied by a revision of established research practices...

Networks of Outrage
Media and data · Society and culture

Networks of Outrage

In the past decade, Europe has witnessed the birth of many movements at the right end of...

Politics and law · Society and culture

KORSE @ HIIG – the Internet and civil security in Europe

The emergence of cyberspace has challenged the law of civil security in Europe. Today, nearly all aspects...

Entrepreneurship and innovation · Society and culture

Internet of Things: Entrepreneurship & eGovernment

From the Internet of Computers to the Internet of Things The internet of things refers to a...

Entrepreneurship and innovation · Society and culture

Index of Internet-based Innovation

The Internet enables groups to communicate over large distances and provides access to information to a previously...

Society and culture

How to collaborate with startups?

Joint innovation projects by corporates and startups are being supported by ongoing digitalisation. These collaborative approaches consist...

Politics and law · Society and culture

Digital Civil Disobedience

The political phenomenon of civil disobedience has undergone a remarkable change in recent times, with the expression...

Media and data · Society and culture

Big Data & Nudging – Regulation by Big Data and Behavioural Sciences

In recent years, the possible intersections of “big data” and “nudging” (as well as related instruments) increasingly...

dwerft
Media and data

»dwerft«

In March 2014, a three-year research project on new technologies for digital moving images will start in...