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August 2021

Digitaler Salon: Cookies Make You Lose Control

The HIIG's "Digital Salon" series of events will focus on how to deal with data collected by cookies, both on-site and via livestream; starting at 7 p.m. CEST. Registration for the event opens in mid-August.

As we surf the internet, we are hit by various cookie guidelines, data protection regulations or usage consents. Yet very few people actually understand what these terms and conditions mean. This creates a massive imbalance online: As users make their self-produced data freely available, it often remains unclear for what purpose it is being used. What do increasing inequality, surveillance and manipulation mean for our society and the individual? What happens when we can intuitively use every app and website, but do not understand which principles make it work? Only those who understand it can criticise it and decide what to do; develop their own personality digitally and protect their privacy. How can we move in a self-determined way in the digital space? Can we transfer existing norms and values to the digital world? Or do we need completely new concepts and ideas?
The moderator Katja Weber (radioeins, Deutschlandfunk Nova) will discuss this issue with, among others:
  • Christian Thönnes who is working on his doctoral thesis on the fundamental and human rights implications of artificial intelligence at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Security, Crime and Law. Prior to that, he was a research associate at the Society for Civil Liberties. As part of the project "Ethics of Digitalisation", he participated in the Research Sprint on the concept of "Digital Self-Determination" organised by the Digital Asia Hub and Berkman Klein Center.
Judith Faßbender will introduce the topic. As a research associate at the HIIG, she deals with public interest AI from a design perspective in the research project Public Interest AI.
With good weather conditions we will open doors from 6.30 p.m. From 7 p.m., the talk will be broadcasted live on hiig.de. Then join in – via Twitter or Slido using #DigSal. Digitaler Salon takes place every last Wednesday of the month under a different question. Records of past events and more information can be found here.
Please note: Admission will only be granted to registered attendees who have been tested (on the day of the event), vaccinated or recovered. In order to be able to trace possible chains of infection, due to the SARS-CoV-2 Containment Measures Ordinance we are obliged to keep a record of attendance. For this purpose, contact data is collected via the registration form on the website. You will find further information on this in our data protection declaration. In the rooms of the institute, a face mask must be worn outside of your own seat. A minimum distance of 1.5 metres applies to all visitors. Visitors with cold symptoms and fever should not attend the event.e

Infos zur Veranstaltung


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Dr. Wiebke Schoon
Research Transfer and Events

Dr. Wiebke Schoon

Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut
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20148 Hamburg
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