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12 Jul
East and West Workshop 2022: Power, Control, and Cyber Governance: Discourse from the East and the West Recent years have seen continuous reconfiguration of power relationship among...
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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) launched the European Hub in October 2017 with the aim to  support cooperation between internet researchers in Europe and to strengthen European internet research on an international level. The Hub serves as a regional chapter of the NoC, as foreseen in the NoC Roadmap 2017/18.

Independent and interdisciplinary research on the opportunities and challenges of digital technology and innovation stands at the core of the Hub’s work. Potential endeavors embrace the creation of a common European research agenda, regional workshops and conferences, as well as the development of guidelines and ethical standards for internet research.


Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for a study on the topic of “Promoting Sustainable Digital Entrepreneurship in Francophone West and Central Africa”. 

With a focus on the topics of entrepreneurship, platform regulation, and the use of digitalisation for climate resiliency, HIIG’s Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Global Digital Transformation (SET) research project works closely with local stakeholders to build application-oriented expertise and to create an international knowledge community. Against this backdrop, the study aims to promote sustainable digital entrepreneurship in Benin, and in Francophone West and Central Africa more broadly. The study will focus on the contextual (e.g., institutional, social, and technological) barriers to sustainable digital entrepreneurship as well as identify strategies and tactics entrepreneurs can use to navigate these challenges. Proposals from established and early career scholars are welcome. 

The full call for proposals with further information about the project and possible research questions can be found on our website, both in English and in French

General Information 

  • Budget: EUR 16,000 (gross) 
  • Scope of the study: maximum 15,000 words 
  • Study should be written in French
  • Timeframe for conducting the study: July to November 2022 
  • Mid-term report on the current state of research up to September 2022
  • Final feedback loop after editorial and academic review

All interested applicants are invited to submit their proposal (maximum two pages) and a short curriculum vitae through the website (EN and FR) by Sunday, 8 May 2022. For questions please contact Marie Blüml (marie.blueml@hiig.de). Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process latest by the end of May 2022.

Deadline: 8 May 2022
Internet Policy Review

The research project titled ‘Long-term Human Rights Risks of Smart City Technologies’, the Legal Tech Lab of the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki*, the Graduate Program in Science and Technology Studies at York University and the City Institute at York University invite you to submit abstracts for the special issue ‘Future-Proofing the City: A Human Rights-Based Approach to the Governance of Algorithmic, Biometric and Smart City Technologies’ in Internet Policy Review.

Deadline: 31 May 2022
Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

As part of the project’s thematic focus “Digitalisation and Entrepreneurship”, the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) will commission a study to identify challenges and potential solutions of (de)regulation in order to enable a socially just gig economy. The initial perspective on digital platform regulation is broad, potentially covering areas of labour, e-commerce and innovation, and including aspects of market power regulation, workers’ rights or copyright protection. However, the authors may specify the focus of the study in light of the availability of materials and after having received input from a multi-stakeholder dialogue that will be hosted in Kenya in July 2022.

Deadline: 19 April 2022
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Desk Swap Program


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 program and what your current research is on.


What is the idea of the EU-Hub desk swap program? Who can take part in the desk swap programme? How do I apply for the desk swap program? 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.


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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