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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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