Problem-oriented research on Internet and society

The chief task of the HIIG is problem-oriented research on the challenges of the digital society. The guiding principles are academic excellence, independence and social relevance. Whilst the work is based on disciplinary and empirical expertise,we strive for an inter- or transdisciplinary approach.

Promoting up-and-coming researchers

The HIIG is committed to promoting doctoral candidates and PostDocs. The Institute offers an attractive environment for researchers within the global research field on Internet and society. The collaboration across the International Network of Centers between researchers on every qualification level is an essential element of this strategy.

A German node of an international network in the research area of the Internet and society

The HIIG has established itself as the German platform of the international collaboration among researchers on topics revolving around “Internet and society”. As a founding member of the Network of Centers (NoC) it cooperates with a broad range of leading academic institutions and groups in order to create and share knowledge on an international level. A future target of the NoC members is the promotion of diversity and the support of capacity building within the research field of Internet and society in developing and emerging countries.

Interaction with government, public authorities, civil society and business

The institute aims to be a relevant source for the government, civil society and business. The institute supports “open science” and understands its work as an inclusive process enabling stakeholders and the interested public to engage in a constructive dialogue to tackle pertinent social, economic and political questions.