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
The European Hub of the NoC and the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin launch the international essay competition “twentyforty – Utopias for a digital society” on what society will look like in two decades: How will we decide, live and love in 2040? How will we shape education and the way we work in the future? How can society benefit from technology? Until 4 March 2019, scientists from all disciplines can submit their utopias of the digital society in the form of a short abstract of 1,000 words. Afterwards, ten authors will be invited to Berlin for a one-week writing sprint (full expenses covered) where they can finalise their essays under the guidance of storytelling experts.
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.
Organized by: The Center for Cyber Law & Policy, University of Haifa (CCLP) & and the European Hub
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 Juliane Meißner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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