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Research group for Law, Science and Technology at TU Munich
Two Positions in Research group for Law, Science and Technology at TU Munich

PhD candidate in the field of legal tech, digitization and new technologies

Research assistant and PhD candidate (m/f/d) in the field of legal tech, digitization and new technologies (TVL – E13 50-65%).

Are you passionate about digitization and its effects on society and law? Do you care about how emergent technologies like artificial intelligence, distributed ledger technologies or platforms shape future societies? Would you like to acquire a PhD in law and gain experience as a research assistant in the field of digital technology design? Then you should consider joining us.

The Professorship of Law, Science and Technology is dedicated to questions of law, digitization and society from an inter-disciplinary legal perspective. Our research group explores possibilities for technology design that conforms to and implements the constitution. It is situated at TUM School of Social Science and Technology and the Department for Science, Technology and Society. The School of Social Science and Technology is dedicated to understanding the multifaceted interactions of science, technology and society and to help shape them in a reflective manner. 

PROFILE

  • Successful completion of a degree in law on the master’s level or a level comparable to the German state exam
  • A profound interest in new technologies (Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, distributed ledger technologies, various digital platforms) and their societal impacts
  • Excellent command of the English language
  • Additional language skills and IT knowledge are beneficial
  • Networked thinking and acting, soft skills (organization, team skills)
  • High motivation and enthusiasm for research in the field of law and technology

 

TASKS

  • Provide support for research projects, practical projects and teaching activities of the research group
  • Assumption of own teaching activities, in particular in the elite master RESET
  • Organizational tasks (e.g. organization of conferences and workshops)
  • The opportunity to write a dissertation project at the research group is given

 

WE OFFER

You could participate in exciting legal research projects in a unique interdisciplinary environment that opens up new, innovative perspectives on the law. Thus, there is the possibility of specialization in the field of law and digitization, especially from a public law perspective. You can expect to work in a committed team on the inner-city campus of the TU Munich. Your doctoral project will be carried out according to the doctoral regulations in the field of law; at the end you will be awarded the degree of Dr. jur.

You will be hired as a researcher. You will have the opportunity to take part in the projects of the research group and be paid according to the collective agreement for the public service of the federal states (TV-L) in the classification TV-L13 (between 50-65%). The salary includes all mandatory social insurance contributions for healthcare, unemployment, and retirement benefits. If necessary, there is the possibility of an increase through project work. The position is initially limited to one and a half years with the possibility of extension once the aptitude for scientific work with the aim of a doctoral degree is clarified.

APPLICATION

We look forward to receiving your application documents (CV, letter of motivation, and copies of relevant certificates), including your earliest possible starting date. Please send them by e-mail with the subject “Application WissMA Law” in a pdf file to: professur.djeffal@tum.de. The deadline for applications is 15 January 2022.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail at professur.djeffal@tum.de.

The TU Munich aims to increase the proportion of women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Severely disabled persons will be given preference in the case of essentially equal suitability. 

MUNICH UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

TUM School of Social Science and Technology
Prof. Dr. Christian Djeffal
Augustenstraße 46, 80333 Munich
Phone +49 89 289 29235

https://www.mcts.tum.de/law-science-tech/overview/

www.tum.de

 

Post Doc in the field of law, digitization and new technologies

Post Doc (m/f/d) in the field of law, digitization and new technologies (TVL – E13 100%).

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

Are you an early career scholar who wants to develop a research profile in the field of law and technology? Would you like to have the opportunity to assume increasingly more responsibility in research and teaching? Are you passionate about the way technologies shape society and the way governance mechanisms, like the law, can shape the design of emergent technologies? Then you should consider joining us.

The Professorship of Law, Science and Technology is dedicated to questions of law, digitization and society from an interdisciplinary legal perspective. This research group explores possibilities for technology design that conforms to and implements the constitution. It is situated at TUM School of Social Science and Technology and the Department for Science, Technology and Society. The School of Social Science and Technology is dedicated to understanding the multifaceted interactions of science, technology and society and to help shape them in a reflective manner.

PROFILE

  • Promising scholars who successfully completed doctoral project in the field of law, preferably in a subject area related to the research group or is about to complete it
  • An active interest in reflecting on issues of digitization and new technologies (artificial intelligence, internet of things, distributed ledger technologies, various digital platforms) from a public law perspective
  • An excellent command of the English language
  • Additional language skills and IT knowledge are beneficial
  • Networked thinking and acting, soft skills (organization, team skills)
  • High motivation and enthusiasm for research in the field of law and technology; ability to conduct research projects in whole or in part independently

 

TASKS

  • Active participation of research projects, practical projects and teaching activities
  • Assumption of own teaching activities, in particular in the elite master RESET
  • Organizational tasks (e.g., organization of conferences and workshops)
  • Opportunity to further your own scholarly profile through publications and teaching

 

WE OFFER

You can expect to participate in legal research projects in a unique interdisciplinary environment that opens up new, innovative perspectives on the law. You will have the opportunity to specialize in the field of law and digitization, especially from a public law perspective, as well as to deepen your own research focus in this promising field of law. You can expect to work in a committed team on the inner-city campus of the TU Munich. You will be hired as soon as possible and will be paid according to the collective agreement for the public service of the federal states (TV-L) in the classification TV-L13 (100%). The salary is around 4300 € and 5000 € and includes all mandatory social insurance contributions for healthcare, unemployment, and retirement benefits.

APPLICATION

We look forward to receiving your application documents (CV, letter of motivation, copies of relevant certificates, list of publications, text sample of up to two publications), including your earliest possible starting date. Please send them by e-mail with the subject “Application PostDoc Law” in a pdf file to: professur.djeffal@tum.de. The deadline for applications is 15 January 2022.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail at professur.djeffal@tum.de.

The TU Munich aims to increase the proportion of women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Severely disabled persons will be given preference in the case of essentially equal suitability. 

MUNICH UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

TUM School of Social Science and Technology
Prof. Dr. Christian Djeffal
Augustenstraße 46, 80333 Munich
Phone +49 89 289 29235

https://www.mcts.tum.de/law-science-tech/overview/

www.tum.de

 

Deadline: 15 January 2021
Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
HIIG is looking for four Student Assistants
Deadline: 8 December 2021
Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
HIIG Internet and Society Hybrid Fellowship 2022: Call for Applications

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) will be opening its (virtual) doors to new fellows in 2022! The fellowship is internationally focused and offers a unique opportunity for innovative thinkers who wish to engage in the exchange of research experiences and to set up new initiatives. Depending on your individual situation and the COVID-19 situation, the fellowship can be realised virtually, partly or even fully in person. Our fellows are part of an international team of researchers and participate in the institute’s various active projects. We encourage early and advanced researchers to apply.

We invite applications from researchers with diverse backgrounds and professional experiences, who wish to contribute to the range of the institute’s transdisciplinary Internet research.

Located in the heart of Berlin, the HIIG provides a dynamic and intellectual environment for fellows to pursue their own research interests and actively shape their stay. We invite fellows to collaborate with an international and interdisciplinary team of researchers and offer a number of opportunities to share and discuss their ideas. These include, but are not limited to:

  • writing and publishing papers in one of our open access publications
  • commenting on current developments in your field in form of HIIG blog posts
  • holding presentations in one of our (virtual) lunch talks 
  • engaging in joint projects with other fellows and HIIG researchers
  • participating in webinars and skill sharing sessions
  • enjoying a (virtual) coffee, having some inspiring conversation and meeting our research directors and senior researchers during our regular fellow coffee talks

Key Areas

For our 2022 class of fellows, we consider applicants who intend to pursue topics that fall within one of our research programmes or groups. Please read the information on each of the linked websites closely, and position yourself and/or your project within the programme that suits you best.

  • The evolving digital society: How do discourses on and imaginaries about artificial intelligence (AI), anthropomorphised interfaces and robots shape the development of policies, technologies and theories – and vice versa? How can cross-cultural perspectives inform our understanding of technological change? How do we tackle the challenges that lie ahead for public discourse, such as competing media realities, misinformation or deep fakes?
  • Data, Actors, Infrastructures: How can we make data held by private and public organisations usable for scientific purposes and for the general good of society, and still take legal, ethical, economic or organizational challenges and legitimate interest of all stakeholders into account, without resorting to “silver bullets” such as “open data” or “data sharing”?
  • Knowledge & Society: Changes in knowledge production, organisation and dissemination through digital innovations: How does digitisation affect the internal scholarly communication and the science communication with the society? How can the quality of science be assured? How do universities respond to the new requirements of the third mission and Open Science?
  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Society: Understanding, informing and co-creating innovation and entrepreneurship in a digital economy & society: How do organisations address grand challenges such as the climate crisis or inequality using digital technologies related to artificial intelligence, open innovation, and platforms? How do digital technologies impact organisational practices, processes, and purpose?
  • AI Lab & Society: Exploring the concrete changes and challenges artificial intelligence introduces and their societal implications: What profound social changes go hand in hand with an increasing integration of AI in political, social and cultural processes? How can AI infrastructures be developed and deployed in order to realise the public interest?

Things to consider

Time Frame: Fellowships may range from a minimum of 3 months to a maximum of 6 months within the time span from March 1 to December 31, 2022.

COVID-19: We cannot foresee the pandemic situation next year. Generally, there will be the options of completing the fellowship virtually, partly or even fully in person, depending on the state of the pandemic upon the start of the fellowship and your personal situation.

Financial Issues: The fellowship is unpaid.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree, PhD in process/planned (Junior Fellow) OR
  • Advanced PhD, post-doctoral researcher (Senior Fellow)
  • Fluency in English
  • Research experience and a research project of your own that you plan to pursue

Application documents

  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter explaining your interest in the HIIG Fellowship, research background, and your expectations (1 page)
  • Research outline (max. 3 pages) including

A) your project, and how it responds to one of research programs,
B) the specific work you propose to conduct during the fellowship,
C) deliverables, products or outcomes you aim to produce

  • Optional: one writing or work sample covering internet research (in English or German)

Please read our FAQ and review the information carefully before applying. If you have any questions, please send an email to application@hiig.de.

Please submit your application via this form until November 24, 2021, 11:59 p.m.

About HIIG

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) was founded in 2011 to research the development of the internet from a societal perspective and better understand the digitalisation of all spheres of life. As the first institute in Germany with a focus on internet and society, HIIG has established an understanding that centres on the deep interconnectedness of digital innovations and societal processes. The development of technology reflects norms, values and networks of interests, and conversely, technologies, once established, influence social values.

Deadline: 24 November 2021

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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS – Online learning space Why, AI?

“AI will kill us all!” or “AI treats everyone equally!” Everyone talks about AI as it has become one of the defining technologies of our lifetime. But there are a lot of misconceptions and uncertainties people have around it, too. We would like to change this for we believe it to be extremely important to add to an informed public discourse.

To this end, we invite researchers and professionals from academia, industry and civil society with diverse backgrounds to participate in our online learning space 

Why, AI?
conceptualised as an open education resource (OER)

We are bringing together an interdisciplinary team of researchers and speakers around the globe to contribute to an AI myth-busting repository. On a regular basis, a new lecture is being added to that learning space with the goal to further unravel legends about AI and automated decision support systems, data and society.

Are you eager to support us in this mission? Are you interested in cutting through the noise and fostering the public debate on artificial intelligence? Do you have an AI myth in mind that you would like to deconstruct – once and for all? 

What exactly would you have to contribute?

  • a very short abstract (600 characters) and 3-4 punchy keywords on your topic
  • 10 slides on your topic (slide deck provided)
  • a 25min recorded video lecture (introducing yourself and presenting the slides )
  • core readings, bonus material on your topic, and inspiring people & projects

Submit your contribution here or get in touch at whyai@hiig.de

We look forward to your myth!

Kind regards,

Daniela & Matthias on behalf of the Why, AI? team

Digital Legal Lab
DIGITAL LEGAL TALKS 2021: Call for Papers

The Digital Legal Lab will host the second edition of its annual conference, Digital Legal Talks, on 8 December 2021. Registration and a call for papers are now open.

Digital Legal Talks 2021 will be an online afternoon packed with keynotes, presentations and discussions on important current issues related to law and digital technologies. The aim of our collaboration’s annual conference is to share knowledge and to inspire researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and others to take on the legal, ethical and societal challenges of the increasingly automated and digitalized future.

Researchers from within and outside the Digital Legal Lab collaboration are invited to submit their published or unpublished work to present at the conference. During two rounds of interactive parallel sessions, you are offered the opportunity to discuss and further develop your research in the field of Digital Legal Studies with other experts from around the world and across scientific disciplines.

Submissions are reviewed for acceptance via EasyChair (submission deadline: 15 November 2021). Please feel invited to submit your work using this link.

The CfP for Digital Legal Talks 2021 can be downloaded here.

Deadline: 15 November 2021
Innsbruck University Department of Legal Theory and Future of Law
Assistant Professor - Tenure Track

Start Date / Duration

  • from 01.03.2022
  • for 6 years, possibility of a qualification agreement

Administrative Unit

  • Department of Legal Theory and Future of Law

Extent of Employment

  • 40 hours per week

Responsibilities:

  • Independent research at Habilitation level in jurisprudence and/or legal theory with a special focus on current developments in society, politics, technology or the economy
  • Supervision of students at Bachelor, Master and Magister level
  • Contribution to the supervision of final theses
  • Teaching and examination for the degree programmes of the Faculty of Law and for other faculties·
  • Acquisition and administration of third‐party funds
  • Contribution to organisational and administrative matters

Required qualifications:

  • Doctoral/PhD degree in Law with a dissertation in jurisprudence and/or legal theory
  • Relevant scientific achievements beyond the doctoral dissertation/PhD, preferably scientific publications in nationally and/or internationally recognised publication media and national and/or international presentations
  • Postdoctoral research experience after completion of the doctoral/PhD degree
  • Relevant teaching experience at a university and very good teaching skills; please provide teaching evaluations, if possible
  • Relevant experience in academic mobility during or after the doctoral/PhD programme is desirable
  • Experience with contributing to third-party funded protects (acquiring or managing) is desirable
  • Experience with interdisciplinary work desirable
  • Very good language skills in German and ability to teach in English
  • The application must include a research statement for a Habilitation in jurisprudence and/or legal theory, preferably with a special focus on current developments in society, politics, technology or the economy.
  • The application must also include a teaching and research statement.
  • Social competence and ability to work in a team

In this position you will have the opportunity to carry out high level research and to specialise in a particular field. You will hold your own lectures, tutor students and participate in administration. During the first year of employment it is possible to conclude a ‘qualification agreement’ which is the core part of a University career position. If the terms of the qualification agreement are fullfilled it will lead to a continuous career at the University, resulting in the position of a Associate Professor and a permanent employment.

Euraxess: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/platforms/jobs/139/REWI-12192

Tenure-Track Model

The vacant post offers a continuous scientific career up to an associate professor. A key component of this tenure track model is the so called “Qualifizierungsvereinbarung” (qualification agreement). This agreement shall be concluded as the case may be at the latest one year after being employed. More information: https://www.uibk.ac.at/forschung/qualifizierungsvereinbarung.

Salary

An initial salary of € 3.946 p.m.* shall be offered for this position. In the following, the conclusion of the qualification agreement will entitle to an increased salary of € 4.599,60 p.m.* and the fulfilment of the agreed qualification objectives will entitle to an increased salary of € 4.987,20 p.m.*. All mentioned salaries are monthly gross salaries, paid 14 times p.a. Furthermore, the university has numerous attractive offers (https://www.uibk.ac.at/universitaet/zusatzleistungen/index.html.en).

*as of 2021

Application:

We are looking forward to receiving your online application by 25.11.2021.

The University of Innsbruck emphasizes equal opportunities and diversity in its personnel policy.

The University of Innsbruck strives to increase the percentage of women and thus expressly encourages women to apply. This is particularely true for leading positions and scientific job offers. In case of underrepresentation women with the same qualifications will be given priority.

Deadline: 25 November 2021
MINDS Department at Kozminski University
Job Offer for Computational Social Scientists

MINDS (Management In Networked and Digital Societies) Department at Kozminski University, a leading research-driven, non-public and non-profit business school in the heart of Europe (EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA accredited, consistently well recognized in the Financial Times business schools rankings), is seeking to fill one or more open-rank position(s) in computational social sciences.

The candidates should specify if they are applying for a position of:
– research and teaching assistant on a doctoral track(asystent),
– assistant professor (adiunkt).

The research methods of particular interest for the candidates include:
– Using Python/R for online communities studies,
– Large big dataset analyses on primary data (self-collected/scraped), including machine learning,
– Other quantitative studies of digital tribes/communities.

The projects we currently work on include:

  • digital propaganda and misinformation/disinformation online (including anti-vaxxers and climate change deniers),
  • online gossip, fake news, and tabloid analysis,
  • interactions with AI and bots (and bot detection),
  • citizen science movements (including anti-fracking, anti-smog, etc.),
  • platform capitalism and collaborative society.

About you:

A successful candidate should have an academic record matching the position they are applying for. We value journals with impact factor and top-tier academic presses. We are more impressed with the quality than the quantity of research outputs.

Other things we value and may prioritize include:

– extended experience from abroad,
– experience in teaching,
– combined educational background from different fields,
– strong academic orientation,
– good presentation and teaching skills,
– documented academic interests related to computational social sciences,
– fluency in programming languages and/or data scraping and mining tools,
– fluency in data analysis and modeling software.

We do not restrict the background of candidates to a particular field, as we believe that good research can be inspired and developed from different angles. However, we understand that the position may appeal particularly to people doing research in digital sociology, management, management science, data science, econometrics, computer science, information science, or digital humanities. Fluency in Polish is not required, but welcome. Fluency in Python/R is really important.

About the department:

MINDS Department is a highly informal, relatively young team of researchers. We follow participative decision-making principles and, if invited for an interview, you can expect to be interviewed and evaluated by many members of the team, irrespective of the rank you are applying for.

We put great emphasis on internationalization and high academic standards. Over the last five years, MINDS Department faculty have gone on one-year research stays to Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University, University of California Berkeley, or New York University, among others. We regularly publish in JCR-listed journals and publish books in the leading academic presses (e.g. Stanford University Press, MIT Press, Oxford University Press, Palgrave, Edward Elgar, Ashgate, Routledge).

Some of us are social movements activists (and e.g. serve on the Board of Trustees of Wikimedia Foundation or are engaged in the city movements), some are involved in the start-up culture (mentoring, seed funds, developing own businesses, etc.), and we generally value bringing a diverse experience to the table.

We believe that research should be stellar solid and of high quality, but that it also should be fun. We offer unmatched flexibility and mobility, a lot of independence, and a very friendly working culture.

MINDS Department is closely linked with NeRDS (New Research on Digital Societies) group, which participates in the international Network of Centers.

About the university:

Kozminski University (KU) is a non-public, non-profit business school. Since 1998, KU has consistently been ranked as the best non-public business school in Poland’s annual rankings of private schools of management. KU’s continuous self-improvement and its striving for internationalization have earned the school three accreditations: EQUIS (since 1999), AMBA (since 2008), AASCB (since 2012). On top of that, KU is also accredited by the Central and East European Management Development Association (CEEMAN) since 2001. UN Principles for Responsible Management Education adopted by KU in 2008, as the first university from the region of Central and Eastern Europe, are the guiding rules for the positioning as a regional leader in the field of education. The high quality of education offered by KU is also demonstrated by the position of the university in rankings published by the Financial Times: 42nd place in the Global Masters in Management ranking in 2019 (and a similar position in previous years).

About the next steps:

Questions related to the advertised position can be directed to Dariusz Jemielniak (darekj@kozminski.edu.pl), who will be also more than eager to talk about the potential research collaboration.

The offered position requires the beginning of work in February 2022 or October 2022, and some wiggle room is available. Submit your application by November, 10 2021 to make sure you’re considered.

The prospective candidates are requested to submit their CV, motivation letter (explaining how they fit the call) and a full list of their publications and other academic works, accompanied by a copy of up to 3 most important publications using the form available on the website (switch to English in the top right corner): https://form.jotform.com/212803272989363 until 10/11/2021 

We will only contact selected candidates. Application documents not collected within 3 months after their submission will be disposed of.

Deadline: 10 November 2021
Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ) at the University of Zurich (UZH)
Open Postdoctoral Position at IKMZ

The University of Zurich is the largest university in Switzerland. The Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ) at the University of Zurich (UZH) is one of the leading international departments of communication studies.

The successful applicant will work on dedicated topics that align with the division’s research program (link to the research program) or contribute to a new research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) led by Prof. Dr. Michael Latzer and Dr. Moritz Büchi.

The division’s research program focuses, among other things, on digitalization as socio-technical transformation, algorithmic selection in everyday life, governance of media change, digital inequalities, and digital well-being (link to the publications) for the division’s recent publications). The new SNSF project aims at conceptually capturing and empirically assessing chilling effects, i.e., inhibitory effects on people’s digital communication behaviors that result from their sense of being surveilled online from an empirical communication science perspective (link to the project).Your responsibilitiesAs a postdoctoral researcher in the team, you will

  • devise and conduct original theoretical and empirical research in the area of digital media use, well-being, social impact of algorithmic selection and AI, governance of media change, privacy, and dataveillance
  • contribute to the project The Chilling Effects of Dataveillance: Conceptual Advances and Empirical Evidence for Switzerland
  • (co)author academic publications
  • participate in academic exchange (e.g., conferences, departmental talks) and support outreach activities that target the public
  • contribute to teaching and student supervision aligned with the division’s teaching priorities, mentor PhD students in the division
  • attain further academic qualifications (e.g., colloquia, research seminars, or summer/winter schools)

Your profile

  • PhD degree in communication or a related discipline
  • Experience with and/or interest in conducting interdisciplinary research on what digitalization means for well-being, reality construction, social order, democracy, privacy, and autonomy
  • Excellent ability to apply *one or more* of the following quantitative methods: mobile experience sampling and analysis of longitudinal data, experimental designs, survey questionnaire design, descriptive and advanced statistics (e.g., structural equation modeling), agent-based simulation or other computational methods
  • Excellent time management, ability to take initiative, and independent work attitude under the guidance of the division chair
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in English and German *or* willingness to acquire a passive understanding of German in the medium term

What we offer

  • Internationally competitive salary
  • An internationally highly successful department: IKMZ is among the top 5 communication science departments in Europe and the top 20 worldwide
  • A supportive, globally connected, research-oriented team with an interdisciplinary approach using innovative methods
  • An excellent opportunity to develop academic qualifications and gain credentials and experience in the interdisciplinary fields of digital media use, well-being, algorithms, governance, privacy, and dataveillance
  • Strong support for career development, including funding opportunities for conference travel and summer/winter schools
  • An attractive work environment: the University of Zurich is one of Switzerland’s leading universities in a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that regularly ranks as one of the cities with the highest quality of life in the world

The planned starting date for this position is 1 January 2022 or upon agreement.The deadline for applications is 1 November 2021. Review starts immediately and early submissions are encouraged, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Please submit your application containing your CV including a list of publications and conference presentations, grade transcripts, copy of degrees, up to three selected publications (e.g., journal articles, dissertation chapter), and a short letter of motivation (max. 2 pages A4).The contract is for 3.5 years and can be renewed.Apply here: https://jobs.uzh.ch/offene-stellen/postdoctoral-position-in-internet-society/965a14ed-9144-44aa-a615-dfbe68bb7c27

Deadline: 31 October 2021
Institute for Information Law (IViR)
“Science Fiction & Information Law" Short Story Competition

How will AI and automation write our news, predict our careers and re-invent concepts such as justice, art, property, health, love and happiness? What will such a reality look like, how can we imagine society, its institutions and regulations? Will there be a role for law at all, will it give us or AI new rights, or will governments surrender to the superior expertise of tech companies and quantum computers? And after having lived through an entire year of doom and pandemics, are there any hopeful scenarios we can imagine in co-existence with technology?

The best essays will be awarded the IViR Science Fiction & Information Law Award by an independent jury (including, among others, Malka Older, Ryan Calo, Wolfgang Schulz). The winning authors will be invited to Amsterdam for a symposium and a grand dinner. At this public symposium the essays and the ideas in the essays will be introduced to an audience of academics and non-academics, kicking off a lively discussion about how they can inspire our thinking about a future society with AI, but also regulatory projects, such as the pending AI regulation. Together, these contributions will be published in the form of a special issue in a dedicated open access online journal.

MORE INFORMATION & SUBMISSION

For any questions, please feel free to contact Natali Helberger (n.helberger@uva.nl). The deadline for this call for stories is 30 November 2021.
You can submit your story to n.p.vandoorn@uva.nl.

You can find more information about this 2nd edition of the IViR Science Fiction & Information Law writing competition here. For the winning stories from the first edition, click here.

Deadline: 30 November 2021
University of Hamburg, German Association of  Cultural Anthropology and Folklore Studies
Call for Papers: Digital Futures in the Making

9th dgv Conference of the Section “Digitisation in Everyday Life” of the German Association of  Cultural Anthropology and Folklore Studies (dgv) 

Digital Futures in the Making: Imaginaries, Politics, and Materialities 

15-16 September 2022 (tbc) 

Institute of Anthropological Studies in Culture and History, University of Hamburg

Digital processes and their profound impact on everyday lives are connected to various, sometimes  contradictory imaginations and scenarios. What will digital futures look like, and what directions are  possible and desirable? How do ideas of digital futures already shape the present? This conference  aims to explore processes of emergence, improvisation, and contingency in developing, designing,  and using digital media and technologies. The study of future-making is an emerging field in  anthropology, connecting the perspective from the past and present as an object of anthropological  inquiry (Macdonald 2012) with the orientation on the (near) future (Rabinow 2003; Collier & Lakoff  2005; Smith et al. 2016; Bryant & Knight 2019). Futures (in plural) relate both to the creation of  imaginations as well as practices of the possible in situations of everyday life where ‘living’ and the  idea of a good life is at stake (Collier & Lakoff 2005). 

As digital transformations profoundly shape and change everyday life in the present, they raise questions of how one should live (Collier & Lakoff 2005) in the digital age. Digital technologies are  already part of “our” everyday lives, although some people and groups face more barriers than  others due to the strong link between social and digital inequalities (van Dijk 2005; Robinson et al.  2015). Imagining and designing digital futures are closely linked with ethical negotiations about sustainability, equality and participation in European societies. In addition, we need to take into  account the often-invisible materiality of digital media and technologies (Reichert & Richterich  2015). How can we as ethnographers engage in ongoing processes of envisioning and designing the  futures in and for digitisation? How can ideas about potential futures guide the development and  implementation of digital technologies? How can a diverse range of people, groups and materialities  be involved in their development? What sites of controversy or contestation become apparent?  What kind of established or new scientific methods are necessary to study digital futures in the  making? 

We welcome submissions that discuss and demonstrate people-oriented and/or future-oriented  approaches that acknowledge the open-endedness and contingency of (digital) cultures, as well as  those that address broader methodological and epistemological issues pertaining to the processes of  envisioning and designing the futures in and for digitisation. 

We strongly encourage the participation of early-career researchers of all levels (PhD & post-doc),  young professionals and graduate research students interested in future-making and digitisation. Possible themes include but are not limited to: 

  • How should we live in the digital age: What are modes of living that acknowledge the open endedness and contingency of digital cultures? Which imaginaries or even utopias are envisioned? How do they already shape ongoing digital transformations? 
  • Mundanisation of digital technologies: How do people negotiate futures and appropriate the  digital within their everyday lives? Which resistances, counterculture(s), and creative  practices emerge in everyday life and social movements?
  • Digital infrastructuring and materialities: In this section, we are concerned with not only the  often-hidden infrastructures (including data, code, algorithms, etc.), in which power and  governmentality are embedded and materialised, but also with the profound knowledge gap  that exists between platforms, institutions, and the vast majority of people that use and co produce digital media. Furthermore, we are interested in how digital expressions, artefacts,  and the stakeholders who develop them shape how digital cultures are realised. 
  • Futures of digital anthropology and open science: Digital media have also become  instruments of analysis of researchers in cultural anthropology and related disciplines of  technoscience. Open science poses new challenges to ethnographic research with regard to  research data management, data infrastructures and ethics. How do digital technologies  create new possibilities for ethnographic research and academic knowledge production  itself? What challenges and ethical questions may arise for qualitative and empirical  research in sensitive fields? 

The conference theme seeks to address a broad spectrum of research fields, including health,  naturecultures, foodways, urban and regional development, disaster studies, digital heritage and  memory, dataficiation and platformisation, artificial intelligence, (academic) working and  organisational cultures, cultural diversity and (flight) migration, radicalisation, participatory design,  citizen science and engaged anthropology, digital methods, etc. 

We welcome individual papers and panels as well as experimental workshops and transdisciplinary  studios to discuss everything from ongoing research, collaborations, methodological challenges, and  empirical work to new ideas. We are planning to publish the contributions resulting from this call in  an international publication. 

Please send a 300-word abstract (in English or German) and a short biography (in English) to  mail@digilab-culture.de by 5 December 2021. 

Important dates: 

– Abstract deadline: 5 December 2021 

– Notification of acceptance: 21 January 2022 

– Registration opens: 15 June 2022 

While we recognise that international travel remains uncertain, we have limited our call to on-site  presentations at a physical conference at the University of Hamburg. We will, however, stream  keynote addresses for everyone. 

Registration is required. The final conference dates will be confirmed by November 2021. A room for  childcare will be provided. 

Organisers: Samantha Lutz, Anna Oechslen, Hannah Rotthaus, Quoc-Tan Tran 

Literature 

Bryant, R., & Knight, D. M. (2019). The Anthropology of the Future. Cambridge: Cambridge University  Press. 

Collier, S. J., & Lakoff, A. (2005). On Regimes of Living. In A. Ong & S. J. Collier (Eds.), Global  Assemblages: Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems (pp. 22–39). Malden,  MA: Blackwell Publishing. 

Koch, G. (Ed.). (2017). Digitisation: Theories and Concepts for Empirical Cultural Research. Abingdon,  Oxon: Routledge.  

Macdonald, S. (2012). Presencing Europe’s Pasts. In U. Kockel, M. Nic Craith, & J. Frykman (Eds.), A  Companion to the Anthropology of Europe (233-252). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. Rabinow, P. (2003). Anthropos today: Reflections on modern equipment. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton  University Press.  

Reichert, R., & Richterich, A. (2015). Introduction: Digital Materialism. Digital Culture & Society, 1(1),  5–17. 

Robinson, L., Cotten, S. R., Ono, H., Quan-Haase, A., Mesch, G., Chen, W., . . . Stern, M. J. (2015).  Digital Inequalities and Why They Matter. Information, Communication & Society, 18(5), 569–582. Smith, R. C. (Ed.). (2016). Design anthropological futures: Exploring emergence, intervention and  formation. London & New York: Bloomsbury Academic.  

Van Dijk, J. (2005). The deepening divide: Inequality in the information society. Thousand Oaks: Sage  Publications.

Deadline: 5 December 2021
Europe
ODECO - 15 PhD Projects

ODECO offers 15 PhD projects for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), each of them covering a specific part of the open data ecosystem supervised by leading European beneficiaries. Find more information here.

ODECO is a 4-year Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network initiative. The central aim of the ODECO consortium network is to train the next generation of creative and innovative early stage open data researchers, to unlock their creative and innovative potential to address current and future challenges in the creation of user driven, circular and inclusive open data ecosystem.

 

Deadline: 31 August 2021
Helsinki
Doctoral Researcher at Legal Tech Lab

The “Smart City Technologies’ Long-Term Human Rights Risks” project is looking for a full-time grant-funded doctoral researcher for a 36-month period (starting from September 2021 or as agreed). Our project is funded by the Kone Foundation. The researcher will receive a monthly grant from the Kone Foundation and will be hosted at the Legal Tech Lab, University of Helsinki, Finland.
The grantee will be affiliated with the Faculty of Law, the Legal Tech Lab, at the University of Helsinki. The appointees’ duties will be conducting independent doctoral research either by writing a monography or compilation of articles on the topic of “Ethical and legal challenges in data governance and algorithmic decision-making in Smart Cities.”

The appointee will be a group member in the Smart City Technologies’ Long-Term Human Rights Risks project (directed by Dr. Alina Wernick), which investigates the implications of applying Internet- of-Things, data science, artificial intelligence, including facial recognition technologies in an urban context. Such technologies are envisioned to bring a range of benefits to the cities: increased efficiency in traffic management, sustainability energy savings and provision of better-tailored services to citizens. While these solutions are actively piloted across the globe, it is unclear what their long-term implications on citizen’s fundamental rights, such as dignity, data protection and freedom from non- discrimination, as well as municipalities’ sovereignty and competition will be. More information about the legal tech lab can be found here.

Deadline: 15 August 2021
Tilburg
Postdoctoral Researcher

The Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) has a vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher (1.0 fte, 1,5 years). We are looking for someone with a background in competition law and/or platform regulation who will be part of a legal research project studying how to protect the autonomy of individuals and businesses vis-à-vis digital giants in a data-driven society.

Find more information here.

Paris
Call for Papers: International Conference “Criticism and circumvention of control and surveillance on the Internet”

The team of the ResisTIC project (“The Net Resisters: Criticizing and escaping digital coercion in Russia”, funded by the French National Agency for Research-ANR / resistic.fr), releases a call for papers for the international conference “Criticism and circumvention of control and surveillance on the Internet”. Selected contributions will address the resistance and adaptation strategies that Internet users deploy to counter new national and international web regulations, the social practices and techniques for circumventing digital constraints, and the reconfigurations of politics as they are challenged by contemporary information and communication technologies.

Deadline: 1 September 2021
Tilburg/Online
Call for Papers: Regulating digital markets: enforcement and remedies

On 25 and 26 November 2021, the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) & the Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) are organizing an online workshop entitled ‘ Regulating digital markets: enforcement and remedies’.

 Keynote speakers are Anne-Lise Sibony and Ryan Calo. The call for papers is available here.

We welcome abstracts and papers from various fields and disciplines (incl. law, economics, sociology, data science) that reflect on how to create effective enforcement and how to design effective remedies for digital markets.

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.

Deadline: 30 July 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.

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.

Deadline: 3 December 2021

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.

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? Interested in publishing your event? Please contact Nadine Birner at noc@hiig.de.

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