Newest Events

19 May 2021, Online/Tilburg
Conference TILTing Perspectives 2021: Regulating in Times of Crisis
TILTing perspectives 2021 brings together for the 7th time researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and civil society at the intersection of law and regulation, technology, and society to share insights, exchange ideas and formulate, discuss and suggest answers to contemporary challenges related to technological innovation.
We are living through turbulent times that strain individuals and communities; yet, the current crisis related to the coronavirus pandemic has also proved thought-provoking for policymakers and regulatory scholars. The responses to COVID-19 have sparked lively discussions on the relationship between public health and private and/or government interventions.  But concerns on how societies approach regulation and how our rights and freedoms are affected by crises are not new. Consider, for example, the climate and humanitarian crises together with other major global challenges: all of them call for new ways of thinking about regulation and, potentially, about new ways of acting as academics or citizens. The COVID-19 is thus also an impetus to reflect upon how we regulate crises and how crisis situations impact regulation.
These challenging times have led us to adopt ‘Regulating in Times of Crisis’ as the overarching theme for the seventh bi-annual TILTing Perspectives on the intersection of law, technology, and society.
TILTing Perspectives 2021 will be held entirely online.
15 December 2020, Online/Tilburg
Towards fair, transparent and accountable AI in Europe
Artificial intelligence and machine learning have become an integral part of our daily lives. Algorithms are making important decisions ranging from job and loan applications, university admissions, medical diagnosis and treatment plans to sentencing criminals. This technology bears the potential for time and cost efficient and more consistent decisions. At the same time these systems are known to be black boxes that are often privacy-invasive, biased and inexplicable. This means we are facing a major accountability gap. Humans and algorithms are very different in the way they make decisions. Unfortunately, the legal tools available (e.g. data protection and non-discrimination law) were designed to govern humans, not artificial systems, and thus fail to protect us against those novel risks. I will examine regulatory frameworks that are ill-equipped to keep biased algorithms in check and I will shed light what can be done from a regulatory perspective to prevent biased, discriminatory, unintended, or socially undesirable outcomes.
 
Professor Sandra Wachter is an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow in Law and Ethics of AI, Big Data, and robotics as well as Internet Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford.

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About the European Hub of the Global Network of Centers for Internet and Society (NoC)

The European members of the Global Network of Centers for Internet and Society (NoC) have launched the European Hub in October 2017 to support scientific discussion and cooperation between internet researchers in Europe. The hub is being created as a regional chapter of the NoC that congregates members of the Network, as foreseen in the NoC Roadmap 2017/18.

The aim is to coordinate internet research centers in the whole of Europe in order to strengthen European internet research on an international level. European cooperation on internet and society research is one of the hub’s key concerns, as is the opportunity to leverage synergies between research projects.

At the heart of the hub’s work is independent and interdisciplinary research about the opportunities and challenges of digital technology, innovation and European society. The first steps will be to create a common European research agenda, regional workshops and conferences as well as developing guidelines and ethical standards for internet research. “Artificial Intelligence” is the first common research focus.

For the first two years, the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) will take the lead in the coordination of the hub. Alongside the newly founded European hub, the Digital Asia Hub has operated in Hong Kong since 2015.

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Desk Swap program

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

The Desk Swap program is an offer for networking between the institutions of the European Hub of the Network of Centers. Researchers get the chance to visit other institutions, to receive feedback on their research and to develop joint research projects.

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Please state your home institution, the institution you would like to visit, why you would like to participate in the programme and what your current research is on.

FAQ

What is the idea of the EU-Hub desk swap programme? Who can take part in the desk swap programme? How do I apply for the desk swap programme? How long can I stay in a partner institution? Who covers the expenses ? Does the partner organisation provide accommodation? Find answers to all of your questions in our FAQ document.

Events

19 May 2021, Online/Tilburg
Conference TILTing Perspectives 2021: Regulating in Times of Crisis
TILTing perspectives 2021 brings together for the 7th time researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and civil society at the intersection of law and regulation, technology, and society to share insights, exchange ideas and formulate, discuss and suggest answers to contemporary challenges related to technological innovation.
We are living through turbulent times that strain individuals and communities; yet, the current crisis related to the coronavirus pandemic has also proved thought-provoking for policymakers and regulatory scholars. The responses to COVID-19 have sparked lively discussions on the relationship between public health and private and/or government interventions.  But concerns on how societies approach regulation and how our rights and freedoms are affected by crises are not new. Consider, for example, the climate and humanitarian crises together with other major global challenges: all of them call for new ways of thinking about regulation and, potentially, about new ways of acting as academics or citizens. The COVID-19 is thus also an impetus to reflect upon how we regulate crises and how crisis situations impact regulation.
These challenging times have led us to adopt ‘Regulating in Times of Crisis’ as the overarching theme for the seventh bi-annual TILTing Perspectives on the intersection of law, technology, and society.
TILTing Perspectives 2021 will be held entirely online.
15 December 2020, Online/Tilburg
Towards fair, transparent and accountable AI in Europe
Artificial intelligence and machine learning have become an integral part of our daily lives. Algorithms are making important decisions ranging from job and loan applications, university admissions, medical diagnosis and treatment plans to sentencing criminals. This technology bears the potential for time and cost efficient and more consistent decisions. At the same time these systems are known to be black boxes that are often privacy-invasive, biased and inexplicable. This means we are facing a major accountability gap. Humans and algorithms are very different in the way they make decisions. Unfortunately, the legal tools available (e.g. data protection and non-discrimination law) were designed to govern humans, not artificial systems, and thus fail to protect us against those novel risks. I will examine regulatory frameworks that are ill-equipped to keep biased algorithms in check and I will shed light what can be done from a regulatory perspective to prevent biased, discriminatory, unintended, or socially undesirable outcomes.
 
Professor Sandra Wachter is an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow in Law and Ethics of AI, Big Data, and robotics as well as Internet Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford.
12 November 2020, Online/Torino
Biennale Tecnologia

The Politecnico di Torino – together with over 50 partners – is glad to present Biennale Tecnologia, a major cultural initiative to explore the relationship between technology and society. From health to the environment, from interpersonal relationships to democracy, from energy to artificial intelligence, many technology-related topics will be discussed with a strongly interdisciplinary approach, including the contribution of fiction, cinema, music and – more generally – the arts.

On November 12 (17:30 CET) inaugural keynotes by Francesca Bria and Bruce Sterling.
In the following three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) 140 meetings with almost 300 speakers, with a mix of lectures, dialogues, panels, concerts, poetry readings, etc.
Everything will be online at www.biennaletecnologia.it, free of charge, no registration required.
The speakers include David Weinberger, Frank Pasquale, Manuel Castells, Jeffrey Sachs, David Lyon, Alessandro Vespignani, Richard Baldwin, David Quammen, Malavika Jayaram, David Gruber, Carmela Troncoso, Ciro Cattuto.
The events held in English are listed here: https://www.biennaletecnologia.it/programma/biennale-international
The other events will be held in Italian.
More info at: https://www.biennaletecnologia.it/node/14

 

11 November 2020, Online/Berlin
AI and Content Moderation – Closing Event

Public pressure on platform companies to more soundly monitor the content on their sites is constantly increasing. To address this, platforms are turning to algorithmic content moderation systems. These systems prioritize content that promises to increase engagement and block content that is deemed illegal or is infringing the platforms own policies and guidelines. But content moderation is a ‘wicked problem’ that raises many questions all of which eschew simple answers. Where is the line between hate speech and freedom expression – and how to automate and deploy this on a global scale? Are platforms overblocking legitimate content, or are they rather failing to limit illegal speech on their sites?

AI and Content Moderation – Closing event of the first research sprint
November 11 | Livestream (hiig.de) | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Within the framework of a ten-week virtual research sprint hosted by the HIIG, thirteen international researchers from various disciplines came together to tackle the challenges posed by automation in content moderation. Their work resulted in policy briefings focused on algorithmic audits and on increasing the transparency and accountability of automated content moderation systems. We warmly invite you to learn more about their findings and attend their output presentations followed by a panel discussion.

 

 

2 November 2020, Online/Barcelona
Online Workshop "The Network Society Today: (Revisiting) the Information Age Trilogy

The Internet Interdisciplinary Institute is pleased to invite you to the:
‘Online Workshop “The Network Society Today: (Revisiting) the Information Age Trilogy’

When: Monday, 2 November until Monday, 30  November.
Venue: Online (Via WebPage of the Workshop)
If you want to participate in the discussions, please go to: https://netsociety.uoc.edu/

The workshop will be run through November (from the 2nd to the 30th) in an asynchronous way on a free open-source participatory platform Decidim adapted by Platoniq. Each asynchronous session will develop during a week, one after the other. There will be a total of 4 sessions: 3 sessions and a final wrap-up discussion:

Session 1: Networks in the Age of Platforms – Nov. 2-8, 2020
Session 2: The Network and the Grassroots – Nov 9-15, 2020
Session 3: The Geopolitics of the Network Society – Nov. 16-22, 2020
Session 4: The Network Society Today (wrap-up) – Nov. 23-30, 2020

Full Program of the Workshop here.

19 August 2020, Berlin
Global dialogue on the ethics of digitalisation

On 17 August 2020, in Schloss Bellevue, German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier presided over the launch event of the two-year project “Ethics of digitalisation – from principles to practices”. The project by the NoC (Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers) is coordinated by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and supported by Stiftung Mercator. In the course of the event, international experts from science, politics, civil society and business will analyse ethical questions of digitalisation, including the use of artificial intelligence and algorithms. Interdisciplinary and international research formats form the core of the project. Researchers from different disciplines are given the opportunity to work together on an interdisciplinary and international basis to develop answers to ethical questions concerning digitalisation. Furthermore, the innovative research formats give scientists the opportunity to communicate with each other and to network with high-ranking stakeholders from politics, business and society.

For further information, please check out this page.

30 June 2020, Namur, Belgium
International Summer School: Time to re-shape the Digital Society

The CRIDS and the European Hub of the NoC are pleased to announce the organisation of an international summer school on recent and upcoming legislative initiatives affecting the digital society.
It will take place on 30 June and 1 July 2020 at the University of Namur in Belgium and is part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the CRIDS. A keynote address will be given by Prof. Wolfgang Schulz, Research Director at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). Please visit the website of the CRIDS  for further information and practical details.  The summer school will be followed by an international interdisciplinary conference assembling high level speakers from all over the world to reflect on how to reshape the Digital Society. For more information, see https://www.crids.eu/40ans.

24 March 2020, Berlin
Launch of the European Science Press Service

The EU Hub of the Network of Centers has its own tool now: The European Science Press Service (ESPS)!

The ESPS is a new platform for scientists, journalists, policy makers and interested citizens to learn about and share relevant scientific results in the field of internet and society research. The project aims to promote networking and knowledge sharing between the scientific community and the media – across national scientific communities and publics.

You can easily set up an account for your institution and upload your latest press releases here.

Don’t miss the latest news and sign up for the ESPS-Newsletter here!
23 November 2019, Berlin
NoC Annual Conference 2019

We are cordially inviting all NoC-center-representatives for a roundtable on “Ethics and Technology in a Global Perspective” and a Working Session in which we will discuss the NoC’s strategy and set up a Roadmap for the year 2020. Inputs by participants are explicitly welcome. Please RSVP to Helene von Schwichow, more information is following soon.

24 October 2019, Amsterdam
Money talks? The impact of corporate funding on academic research in information law and policy

Concerns about the corporate funding of scientific research, and about the presence of corporate sponsors in scientific events are not an exceptional issue in the academic field. For decades, scientific domains like medicine, climate research, health and nutrition science have been struggling with controversies and dilemmas around the direct and indirect impact of corporate funding on the quality of their scholarship, integrity, independence, both actual, and as perceived by others. The event has been organized by the Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam, as part of the European Hub of the Global Network of Centers for Internet and Society (NoC). Find out more.

16 May 2019, Tilburg
EU HUB NOC MEETING

The Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT) is very pleased to host the next European Hub NoC meeting during the TILTING 2019 Conference in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The meeting will take place in the afternoon and evening of Thursday May 16th 2019. Please find the program here.

30 November 2018, Haifa
Artificial Intelligence: ethical and legal implications - An international workshop for young scholars

The European Hub of the NoC has convened its first workshop for young scholars to address the social, ethical and legal implications of AI-based technologies. We invited doctoral candidates and junior scholars (up to 3 years from receiving their degree) from all partnering centers to apply. We have welcomed both traditional and interdisciplinary approaches, from all disciplines, including social sciences, computer science, data sciences, political theory, philosophy, law, among others. The workshop has marked one of the first steps for the newly founded European Hub in joining forces to better coordinate research in the field of internet and society and foster synergies, as well as developing guidelines and ethical standards for internet research. Program, Videos of the talks and discussions 
Organized by: The Center for Cyber Law & Policy, University of Haifa (CCLP) & and the European Hub

 

 

 

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Current lead of the European Hub: Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) Interested in the work of the European Hub of the NoC? Interested in publishing your event? Please contact Nadine Birner at noc@hiig.de.

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