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.

Activities & events

UPCOMING EVENT

28-30 November, Haifa
Artificial Intelligence: ethical and legal implications - An international workshop for young scholars

The European Hub of the NoC will convene its first workshop for young scholars to address the social, ethical and legal implications of AI-based technologies. We invite doctoral candidates and junior scholars (up to 3 years from receiving their degree) from all partnering centers to apply. We welcome both traditional and interdisciplinary approaches, from all disciplines, including social sciences, computer science, data sciences, political theory, philosophy, law, among others. The workshop will mark 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.

Call for participants

Workshop announcement

Organized by: The Center for Cyber Law & Policy, University of Haifa (CCLP) & and the European Hub

For more information please contact Yoni Har Carmel at cyber@univ.haifa.ac.il

PAST EVENT

October 2017, Berlin
Algorithmic Decision Making and its Human Rights Implications

As a first step in order to enhance the exchange between excellent researchers on the impact of Artificial Intelligence on human rights, the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the Hans-Bredow-Institut for Media Research (HBI) organised the workshop Algorithmic Decision Making and its Human Rights Implications . Algorithms and the Internet of Things have a direct influence on human behaviour online as well as offline. The workshop dealt with a variety of topics ranging from expert systems for job placement to the digital arms race. Discussions at the workshop underlined the importance of collaboration between different studies in order to investigate these phenomena and highlighted the need for research to focus not only on technology, but also on the political, social and economic contexts. Participants also agreed on the importance of the narrative and the terminology used when discussing new phenomena such as the use of Artificial Intelligence in exchanges between different disciplines.

Members

Contact

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?
Please contact Anne-Kristin Polster at noc@hiig.de.

European Hub of the NoC
c/o Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society gGmbH
Französische Straße 9, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Tel. +49 30 200 760 82