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25 June 2021, Geneva/Online
Geneva Digital Law Research Colloquium

Digital law researchers are invited to apply to present their on-going research projects at our Geneva Digital Law Research Colloquium that will take place online on June 25, 2021.
The Colloquium offers to digital law researchers and scholars the privileged opportunity to present their work-in-progress to a global panel of digital law experts (coming from the partner institutions involved in the Colloquium), in order to receive feedback and advice on their research and to foster the development of a global digital law research community (testimonials of researchers having participated to the last editions are available on our website).
Information about the Geneva Digital Law Research Colloquium and about the application process is available here (questions & applications to be sent to digitallawcolloquium@unige.ch).  

17 June 2021, Berlin/ Hamburg
Weizenbaum Conference - Democracy in Flux – Order, Dynamics and Voices in Digital Public Spheres

The spread of digital technologies has contributed to a multi-faceted change of democratic orders, actors, and practices. At the intersection of long-term evolution of democracies and the emergence of social media, we observe a profound redistribution of communication and political power. Traditional mass media are losing their privileged position as gatekeepers of the public sphere; social media are establishing new norms of social relevance and simultaneously give voice to ideas, opinions, and actors, which used to be marginalized.
This development seems full of ambivalences. Thus, the changing conditions of communication have spawned a situation of democracy in permanent flux. The debate on how digital technologies have changed public spheres and impacted democracy has been scattered across different scientific disciplines, political arenas, and civil society. The 2020/2021 Annual Weizenbaum Conference “Democracy in Flux – Order, Dynamics and Voices in Digital Public Spheres” aims to bring together these various perspectives and seeks to initiate an interdisciplinary exchange on the linkages between digital public spheres and democracy.

For programme information and registration visit: https://www.weizenbaum-conference.de/

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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.

Opportunities

1 December 2021 - 3 December 2021, Dresden (Germany)
Call for Abstracts: Artificial Intelligence as a Concept in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Which concepts are particularly well suited for a better understanding of AI, especially with regard to its complex embeddedness in social and cultural realities? How can we work on a common language toward a shared understanding of AI? Which bodies of knowledge can be adopted as a source of inspiration and which concepts are better discarded altogether? The interdisciplinary conference organized by Schaufler Kolleg at TU Dresden will take place on 1-3 December 2021. The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2021. For more information, visit this page.

7 June 2021 - 30 July 2021, Online
Virtual Research Sprint: “Toward an African Narrative on Digital Sovereignty”

Are you eager to shape the discourse on the role of the internet for sustainable development and personal freedom in your country? Wonder what the future of our world would look like when we are digitised? Are you interested in harnessing artificial intelligence, big data and other fourth industrial revolution technologies to create fairer and better societies? Do you want to create the narrative and work toward concrete policy impact? If yes, become part of our 2021 virtual sprint on African Digital Sovereignty!  Application deadline: Sunday, 23 May 2021, 11:59 pm Central African Time.
The Virtual Research Sprint is part of the NoC research project “The Ethics of Digitalisation – From Principles to Practices”, which aims to develop viable answers to challenges at the intersection of ethics and digitalisation.
You can find more information about the project and the Research Sprint here.

1 June 2021, Cambridge - MA (United States)
PhD Position In Legal Theory & Legal Tech

Looking for a doctoral student with expertise in legal theory and legal technologies to investigate the use of blockchain and decentralized applications and their impact on the governance of public and private institutions. The researcher will be expected to explore the qualification of blockchain technology as a regulatory technology and its impact on the rule of law. The project is 5 year long, EU-funded, hosted at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (France) and the European University Institute (Italy), with Principal Investigator and advisors from the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. For more information, open this PDF.

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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.

I'm interested

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

25 June 2021, Geneva/Online
Geneva Digital Law Research Colloquium

Digital law researchers are invited to apply to present their on-going research projects at our Geneva Digital Law Research Colloquium that will take place online on June 25, 2021.
The Colloquium offers to digital law researchers and scholars the privileged opportunity to present their work-in-progress to a global panel of digital law experts (coming from the partner institutions involved in the Colloquium), in order to receive feedback and advice on their research and to foster the development of a global digital law research community (testimonials of researchers having participated to the last editions are available on our website).
Information about the Geneva Digital Law Research Colloquium and about the application process is available here (questions & applications to be sent to digitallawcolloquium@unige.ch).  

17 June 2021, Berlin/ Hamburg
Weizenbaum Conference - Democracy in Flux – Order, Dynamics and Voices in Digital Public Spheres

The spread of digital technologies has contributed to a multi-faceted change of democratic orders, actors, and practices. At the intersection of long-term evolution of democracies and the emergence of social media, we observe a profound redistribution of communication and political power. Traditional mass media are losing their privileged position as gatekeepers of the public sphere; social media are establishing new norms of social relevance and simultaneously give voice to ideas, opinions, and actors, which used to be marginalized.
This development seems full of ambivalences. Thus, the changing conditions of communication have spawned a situation of democracy in permanent flux. The debate on how digital technologies have changed public spheres and impacted democracy has been scattered across different scientific disciplines, political arenas, and civil society. The 2020/2021 Annual Weizenbaum Conference “Democracy in Flux – Order, Dynamics and Voices in Digital Public Spheres” aims to bring together these various perspectives and seeks to initiate an interdisciplinary exchange on the linkages between digital public spheres and democracy.

For programme information and registration visit: https://www.weizenbaum-conference.de/

10 June 2021, Online
Digitalisation Research and Network Meeting 2021

The Weizenbaum Institute, the Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation (bidt) and the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) – three leading German institutions in the field of digitalisation research, invite doctoral researchers to present their work at the newly established joint Digitalisation Research and Network Meeting – DigiMeet. Its special topic for 2021: Sustainability in digital transformation: charting new terrain, exploring tensions. Find the Call for Participation here.

18 May 2021, Online
Lunch Talk "Digital Entrepreneurship & Society"

Next week the HIIG starts with a new webinar series about the “Future of Digital Entrepreneurship & Innovation Research”. In the first lunch talk we will explore how digital entrepreneurship is interlinked with society – and what this means for entrepreneurship research and practice. This digital lunch talk entitled “Digital Entrepreneurship & Society” takes place on May 18, at 1 p.m. GMT+2. The speakers are Katharina Hölzle, Professor of IT Entrepreneurship at the Hasso Plattner Institute, Franziska Günzel-Jensen, Associate Professor at Aarhus University, and Thomas Gegenhuber, Junior Professor of Digital Transformation at Leuphana University Lüneburg. You can register here for the event. 

4 May 2021, Hamburg/ Online
Virtual Leibniz Media Lunch Talk

VOICE THROUGH SILENCE: ALGORITHMIC VISIBILITY AND BOTTOM-UP AUTHORITARIANISM IN THE BRAZILIAN CRISIS

The next Leibniz Media Lunch Talk will be presented by the HBI’s Digital Disinformation HubDr. João Carlos Magalhães from Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) will explain the relationship between authoritarianism and algorithmic platforms via the conference platform Zoom. Dr. Clara Iglesias Keller will provide the introduction.

Find more about the event here. 

29 April 2021, Geneva/Online
AI Tech & Policy Talks (AITPT)

The session will run from 5.00 to 6.30 pm (Swiss / CET time) and will feature a presentation of Dr Padmashree Gehl Sampath, Senior advisor at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, Adjunct Professor and a Professorial Fellow at the United Nations University-MERIT, will make a presentation on : “Artificial Intelligence and Structural Inequality: The Problems of Foreseeable and Unforeseeable Bias”.
The presentation will be followed by comments made by Dr james Wahutu, Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University and Faculty Associate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and Prof. Jean-Henry Morin, Associate Professor for Information Systems, University of Geneva, and by a general discussion with the participants.
The participation is free upon registration (until April 28).
Website of this session of AITPT

22 April 2021, Hamburg/Online
Courts of the Future - The Future of Courts | Between Automated Justice and Platform Jurisprudence

Online Workshop Series
convened by Wolfgang Schulz • Matthias C. Kettemann • Giovanni De Gregorio

Technology creates societal fractures. Courts have traditionally been responsible to apply the law to fill fractures, ease normative tensions, develop social mores. But courts are uneasy rulers in times of technological change, even as platforms seek to recreate private quasi-courts. This workshop series takes a deep dive into the role of technology, including automated decision-making, in and in front of courts, of platform courts, and of the use of courts to effect social changes. The four noon events featuring a keynote speaker and one or more discussants run from April to July 2021 and are organized by the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow- Institut (HBI) and its Private Ordering Observatory (PrObs), the Baffi Carefin Center at Bocconi University and the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG).

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31 March 2021, Online
AI Tech & Policy Talks (AITPT)

The next session of the AI Tech & Policy Talks (AITPT) organized by the Digital Law Center  will take place on March 31, 2021.
The session will run from 12.15 to 2 pm (Swiss / CET time) and will feature a presentation of Dr Sivan Tamir (who is Policy Counsel & Senior Research Fellow at the Israel Tech Policy Institute) on: “Implementing Algorithmic Decision-Making Systems in Social Welfare Services”.
The presentation will be followed by comments made by Limor Shmerling Magazanik (Managing Director of the Israel Tech Policy Institute) and Prof. Diego Kuonen (Geneva School of Economics and Management, University of Geneva) and by a general discussion with the participants.

Website of this session of AITPT. 

21 March 2021, Europe
Internet Policy Review Call for Contribution

Special section: “Glossary of decentralised technosocial systems”

The Blockchain and Society Policy Research Lab (University of Amsterdam), in collaboration with the P2P Models (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Trust in Distributed Environments (Weizenbaum Institut, Berlin) and Blockchain Gov teams (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris), invite you to contribute to the Glossary of decentralised technosocial systems, an interdisciplinary glossary aimed at building a common vocabulary for research on peer-to-peer, user-centric and privacy-enhancing decentralised technologies. The Glossary entries will constitute a reputable, accessible (in terms of interdisciplinarity), and interdisciplinary source of reference for academic and non-academic researchers, journalists and bloggers working and writing on decentralised technologies.

Deadline for expression of interest and abstract submissions: 21 March 2021.

Full call here: https://policyreview.info/node/1541

3 March 2021, Online/Geneva
AI Tech & Policy Talks (AITPT)

On Wednesday March 3, 2021,  the next session of the AI Tech & Policy Talks (AITPT) organized by the Digital Law Center (www.digitallawcenter.ch) takes place.
The session will run from 12.15 to 2 pm (Swiss / CET time) and will feature a presentation of Prof. Robin Geiss (who is Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Professor of International Law and Security at the University of Glasgow and upcoming Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, UNIDIR) on: “AI and the Digital Battlefield”.
The presentation will be followed by comments made by Prof. Marco Sassòli (Department of Public International Law and International Organization, University of Geneva) and Prof. Giovanna Di Marzo (Computer Science Center, University of Geneva) and by a general discussion with the participants.The participation is free upon registration (until March 2) at: https://formulaire.unige.ch/outils/limesurveyfac/droit/index.php/511513?lang=en
Website of this session of AITPT: https://www.digitallawcenter.ch/en/event/2021/AITPT4

5 February 2021, Online/Strathclyde Centre For Internet Law & Policy
Power Geometries of Global Internet Governance

Advocates for bridging the digital divide often have a vision of what digital technologies will enable actors to do—learn, create, communicate. Through these technologies, they also become consumers, exposed to potential exploitation and the level of surveillance over their activities is markedly increased. This talk explores the ethical and practical questions of creating global governance frameworks in conditions of power and informational asymmetry. It aims to go beyond abstractions into a discussion around real world experiences and potential solutions. Learn more here.

1 February 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 on May 19th, 2021.
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28 January 2021, Geneva/Online
AI Tech & Policy Talks (AITPT)

The next session of the AI Tech & Policy Talks (AITPT) organized by the Digital Law Center,  (www.digitallawcenter.ch) which has just joined the NoC,  will run from 12.15 to 2 pm (Swiss / CET time) and will feature a presentation of Professor Katarzyna Wac, Geneva School of Economics and Management, University of Geneva, on “AI @ CARE: Laws and Ethics and Algorithmic Bias in Healthcare” followed by an open discussion / comments on the presentation to be made by Professor François Fleuret (Department of Computer Science, University of Geneva) and Ms. Sotiria Kechagia (Digital Law Center).

The participation is free upon registration (until January 27) at: https://formulaire.unige.ch/outils/limesurveyfac/droit/index.php/511513?lang=en
Website of this session of AITPT:  https://www.digitallawcenter.ch/en/event/2021/AITPT3 /

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.
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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. 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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