The ethics of big data, Facebook & Cambridge Analytica

Facebook is under fire after the social media giant admitted it didn’t prevent data from as many as 50 million users getting to political data firm Cambridge Analytica, which it used to develop precise targeting to help Donald J. Trump win the U.S. presidency. Linh Nguyen from WikiTribune spoke to experts to better understand how…

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Power and counter-power in the digital society

How is power constituted in the digital society? Who is powerful – and how can power be countered and contested? On 12 December 2017, Manuel Castells held the opening lecture of our lecture series ‘Making Sense of Digital Society’, organised in cooperation with the German Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb). Prior to his lecture…

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Voter or consumer – double standards?

The current debate over Facebook and Cambridge Analytica also concerns the fundamental status of citizens as essential components of public opinion-forming: With their data collected, analysed and sold by social networks, they increasingly become targets of individual political and non-political advertising. Is micro-targeting, limited to specific purposes, legally permissible? Should consumers and voters – as holders of…

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Understanding Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is a controversial and much-discussed topic of our digital future. Aljoscha Burchardt sees a huge gap between the machines of today, which are able to act intelligently, and the quest for actually being intelligent in a truly human sense. Together with Julia Ebert, he discussed the perspectives and challenges in the field. Julia Ebert: The definition…

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