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On 13 July 2018, researchers of the Humboldt Institut for Internet and Society visited Hans-Bredow-Institut. The guests were Kirsten Gollatz, Project Manager at the HIIG in Research Programme I "The Evolving Digital Society“ and the guest researchers Dr. Alfred Früh, Clara Iglesias K...
As part of the so-called "desk swap" of the Network of Centers, Amélie Heldt spent two weeks at the Center for Cyber Law and Policy, the Israeli partner institute at the University of Haifa.
The stay at the beginning of May 2018 served as a forum for institutional exchange between...
LANgelegt [Incapacitated]: The Internet is gone and nothing works anymore: How protected are our data networks from blackout? And are we prepared for an emergency?
Cops of the future are equipped with artificial intelligence. Face recognition and algorithms fed with police data promise to track down future burglars and to locate violent people. The promise is great but can predictive policing - police work based on predictions of crime - really lower the level...
At the warm polar. I don't want to be a polar bear. What was once about climate change and who saves the whales on the Internet?
Activists and scientists call for the active rescue of our planet. Because the polar caps are melting, forests are disappearing and island peoples have to migrate....
LOL was yesterday: Cat falls from sofa: Roflmao, epic fail! How does humour work on the web, and what goes viral? Dumbness prevails, deal with it! Soon AI and robots are going to make everybody laugh... The Digitaler Salon of the HIIG is going on an expedition through the funny spheres of the web in...
With a laptop around the world: permanent vacation in a virtual working paradise? How do digital nomads work and when does crowdworking become exploitation?
About the Event
The host Teresa Sickert talks with exciting guests about the structual change in everyday working life. The guests will be announced...
Already more than half of the world’s population lives in cities – and this number is growing. Modern cities depend largely on invisible infrastructures that usually only become noticeable when they cease functioning. Similarly, the internet is also a material infrastructure, although it...
This time, the Digitaler Salon of the HIIG is about time-consuming social media: "Who Turned the Clock?" In the digital age it is no longer the fictitious grey gentlemen from "Momo" who steal people's time, but platforms like Slack or Instagram. Digital tools promise speed, flexibility...
Numbers that paint. AI can do art. Are programmers the new artists? Who can be called creative in this process: man or machine?
Computers calculate faster than humans and they beat us in chess. They could - according to the promise of artificial intelligence - also conquer the supposedly last human...
In her lecture, Eva Illouz takes a closer look at the dating app Tinder. In regards to how people interact with the app, she will address the notion of scopic capitalism, a form of exploitation of the (woman’s) body that is based on the gaze. The circulation of images on Tinder resonates with the...
When you think about robots, killing machines like the legendary Terminator or lovable companions like the service robot Pepper often come to mind. These notions of seemingly intelligent and autonomous machines influence many of the expectations that exist around this technology, but do not necessarily...
The Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) invite you to a lecture by Andreas Reckwitz at the Jazz Institute Berlin. The lecture addresses the question of to what extent digitisation creates social singularisation. It is part of the lecture...
Just as quickly as the Internet provides us with important information, so quickly wrong information is shot into the digital orbit. Fake news and fake images and voices falsified with the help of algorithms, so called deepfakes, have been on everyone's lips for a long time and, last but not least,...
Forget about LAN parties – eSport is filling entire arenas. What began as a hobby is now a profession. Are gamers on their way to the Olympics soon? At the 'Digitaler Salon' of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), host Katja Weber will discuss the eSport...
60 minutes discussion about how to protect human rights online by private actors, aided by AI and under tight time constraints, with human rights experts Martin Scheinin and Matthias C. Kettemann, 15.00-16.00, joint event with the HIIG.
Is one hour enough to protect human rights online? The EU seems...
A new era in human society is beginning with digital media. While language, writing and book printing had been the hallmarks of this era, machines are now taking part in communication for the first time. Will society in the future be decisively determined by networks and artificial intelligences? At...
Matthias C. Kettemann will discuss and defend his concept of a coherent normative order of the Internet at an open Brown-Bag Lunch at the Alexander Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), that includes international law, national law, and transnational normative arrangements. He will show...
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