Scientific events on current research topics and the challenges in a networked society take place at the Weizenbaum Institute. Here you will find an overview of upcoming and past events.
10/16/2019 05:30 PM
10/22/2019 11:00 AM
10/22/2019 02:30 PM
We are currently in the midst of a global transformation to a Digital Economy, yet National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) such as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the U.S. and similar agencies in other countries are still operating under legacy telecommunications policies set in place to manage the Public Switched Telecommunications Network (PSTN). There is general agreement that new frameworks are needed to manage communications policy in the era of IPbased broadband access platforms and the Internet.
Die Veranstaltung findet in Kooperation mit dem Futurium statt.
Thomas Ramge ist preisgekrönter Autor zahlreicher Sachbücher sowie Technologie-Korrespondent von brand eins. Seine Texte erschienen unter anderem in The Economist, International Affairs und im Harvard Business Review. In seinem Vortrag plädiert er für eine Korrektur gängiger dystopischer Narrative zu Künstlicher Intelligenz.
In this talk, Jason Allen explores the agentive nature of "smart contracts" used to structure the relations between persons involved in a collective undertaking, i.e. in constituting a "body" capable of collective action without (human) organs.
The ways we build trust and manage distrust are changing. We use digital technologies to produce trust and manage distrust on a planetary scale. The same technologies transcend our interpersonal relations and institutions and change the nature of trust which emerges there.
The 19th ACM Symposium Document Engineering (DocEng 2019) will take place from 23 September to 26 September 2019 at Fraunhofer FOKUS. The symposium will be organised by the research group "Digitalisation and Scientific Value Creation“ in cooperation of Fraunhofer FOKUS and the Weizenbaum Institute.
Political elections see several actors rise to the fore in order to influence and inform voters. Increasingly, such processes take place on social media like Facebook, where media outlets and politicians alike utilize seek promote their respective agenda.
Online platforms providing intermediation services (e.g. Amazon, eBay) are to be differentiated from operator platforms organizing the new innovative markets for intelligent network services.
The growing pressure on online platforms to expeditiously remove illegitimate content, is fostering the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to minimize their potential liability. This is potentially game-changing for democracy.
Geographers have long been interested in the spaces brought into being by the internet. In the early days of the Web, digital technologies were seen as tools that could bring a heterotopic cyberspace into being: a place beyond space detethered from the material world. More recent framings instead see digital geographies as always-augmented, hybrid, and ontogenetic: integrally embedded into everyday life. Against that backdrop, the talk presents findings from three large research projects about digital platforms.
Many services in the digital world are provided “for free”. Online services for free are indeed based on the idea that contracts are not concluded in reciprocity with a monetary consideration. In most cases, however, consumers will have the opportunity to use the service only after consenting to the processing of their personal data.
Payment systems are a critical infrastructure where the technology creates an implicit strait-jacket for our life. While a multitude of new electronic payment options are competing for our attention, the advantage of economies of scale creates a natural drive for oligopolies.
In his talk, Mathieu d'Aquin (National University of Ireland Galway) will discuss whether knowledge engineering approaches are still relevant and what they can contribute to a broader view of AI and data science.
In his fellow talk, Hermann Elendner will address the longer-run perspective of crypto-asset Investments.
Roman Lipski & Florian Dohmann entwickeln gemeinsam die erste künstlich intelligente Muse für Kreativschaffende. In ihrem Impulsvortrag visualisieren die beiden Referenten ihre Vision eines harmonischen Miteinanders von Mensch und Maschine.
In her presentation Dr. Yun Sun talks about Data activism and environmental civic tech in China – connecting public opinion with formal decisions in the deliberative system for environmental governance.
Sandra González-Bailón will discuss her research about communication and the hidden architecture of collective behavior.
Unsere Zivilisation zeichnet sich vor allem durch den Prozess der Industrialisierung aus. Dieser hat nicht nur zu ungeahntem materiellem Wohlstand geführt, sondern hat auch unsere Lebensweise tief durchdrungen. Deutlich wird dies an der arbeitsteilig ausdifferenzierten und strikt durchorganisierten Industriearbeit sowie der strikten Trennung von Arbeitszeit und Freizeit. In seinem Vortrag geht Klaus Erlach auf die Auswirkungen der zunehmenden Digitalisierung unseres Privatlebens ein.
The conference explores political epistemologies of big data. Political epistemologies are practices by which societies construct politically relevant knowledge and the criteria by which they evaluate it. Big data is the practice of deriving socially relevant knowledge from massive and diverse digital trace data. Practices such as “big data analysis”, “web scraping”, “opinion mining”, “sentiment analysis”, “predictive analytics”, and “nowcasting” seem to be common currency in the public and academic debate about the present and future of evidence-based policy making and representative democracy.
The demands for more openness in science are growing, especially in times of fake news and doubts of scientific findings. In her presentation Isabel Steinhardt will discuss the different facets of Open Science and how to conduct qualitative research in coherence with requirements of Open Science.
Unlike previous mobile technologies, 5G has been designed to enable a general-purpose digital platform that can serve different vertical industries, such as healthcare, energy, or automotive.
Following the assumption that the IT-blog sphere represents an avant-garde of technologically and socially interested experts, Jens Pohlmann presents a research platform to observe its input on the public discussion of matters situated at the intersection of technology and society.
Am 28. und 29 Juni 2019 findet in Berlin die jährliche „Telemedicus Sommerkonferenz“ statt. Das Thema lautet „Über den Tellerrand”. Bei der diesjährigen Soko wollen wir über den juristischen Tellerrand hinausschauen und verstärkt ExpertInnen nichtjuristischer Fachrichtungen einbeziehen.
The influence of the Internet and social media on political participation is a pressing theme in current discussions. In her talk, Helena Wenninger presents the findings of her study that show a positive connection between extreme right-wing voting intention and increased political online discussion especially for Facebook users.
The practices of algorithmic registering, tracking and controlling through algorithms are continuously expanding in order to make more parameters accessible. In her presentation Eva-Maria Nyckel provides a media-theoretical perspective on Salesforce, a widely used process management system, uncovering some of the epistemological implications lying in the code of Salesforce.
In his talk Mario Daniels focus on the question why the History of the US Export Control System Matters and offers an introduction to the complex and conceptually sophisticated world of American export controls.
In times where ownership is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a powerful few, there has been a renewed interest in the concept of the commons – especially in the digital realm. Deeply rooted in human history, a commons arises wherever a community decides to manage a resource in a collective manner with regard to equitable access, use and sustainability. There will be an introduction to the field by Emilia Knabe.
Der zunehmende Einfluss digitaler Netzwerke in allen Lebensbereichen bedeutet auch, dass sie gesellschaftliche Wertvorstellungen verändern und auf veränderte Präferenzen reagieren. In seinem Vortrag geht Herbert Zech darauf ein, wie digitale Netzwerke die dem Recht zugrundeliegenden Regelungsziele beeinflussen.
The efficient market hypothesis assumes that stock prices are solely dependent on the rational processing of information and, thus, cannot be predicted. In his talk Marten Risius shows that social influences on social media platforms affect information dissemination and, ultimately, stock returns.
Since the 2016 US presidential election, Facebook has announced and implemented an impressive array of what Lincoln Dahlberg refers to as "quality initiatives" in response to extensive allegations and evidence that it hosts and amplifies a significant amount of content and interaction that is harmful to democratic communication. These initiatives do not seem to respond to the political economy critique that there is an antagonistic relationship between Facebook’s profitdriven, targeted-advertising business model and public sphere communication.
Fake news is ubiquitous in public discourse. While fake news reports are flooding the internet, fake news allegations have become a regular part of many politicians’ rhetorical toolbox. Despite its omnipresence, however, it is anything but clear what fake news is. What do politicians, researchers, and journalists mean when they call something "fake news"?
Mit Unterstützung der Forschungsgruppe „Digitalisierung der wissenschaftlichen Wertschöpfung“ des Weizenbaum-Instituts veranstaltet Wikimedia Deutschland unter dem oben genannten Titel zum zweiten Mal eine Podiumsdiskussion zum Thema „Offene Wissenschaft“.
In seinem Vortrag geht Raoul Moritz Nissen auf die Kommerzialisierung von Daten im Zusammenhang auf Veränderungen im Privatrecht ein.
With the rise of Internet behemoths and the surveillance of increasingly personal domains there is a trend of questioning life online. This talk draws attention to hacking practices that interrogate the diverse faces of online veillance.
The power of social media for political activism and mobilization has been well established and celebrated. Dr. Michael A. Xenos will speak about social media’s potential effects by drawing on recent projects focused on public engagement with a number of controversial issues and elections in the US.
In his presentation Rainer Rehak will talk about the so called "Snowden Revelations" and will summarise important revelations and outline technical and political advances in IT security, privacy and data protection.
The lecture by Norbert Gronau, Principal Investigator of the Weizenbaum Institute, is part of the lecture series of the cross-sectional format "Autonomous Systems and Self-Determination".
Online harassment, a type of cyberbullying behavior, poses serious risks to users of social networking sites (SNSs) and challenges to platform providers. Therefore many SNS providers have implemented built-in reporting functions to combat such aversive online behavior but the effectiveness of these tools are relatively unknown. In her talk, Christy Cheung gives insights about her research to address this gap.
Vincent August reveals how social and political thought deliberately enforced cybernetic network ideas to re-shape the way we think about society and politics.
Der Fokus des Projekts "Träumen Roboter vom Stricken?" liegt für Pat Treusch darin, als feministische Technik- und Wissenschaftssoziologin zu erfahren, was es konkret bedeutet, mit einem cutting-edge Roboterarmmodell, das durch seine Flexibilität und Mobilität sowie einfache Handhabung sowohl für eine Industrie 4.0 steht als auch in Bereichen außerhalb der industriellen Produktion Anwendung finden soll, zusammen zu arbeiten.
Prof. Dr. Ofir Turel will give a presentation about a series of three pre-post case-control studies where he tried to examine the consequences of short (up to one week) self-imposed abstinence/deprivation from social media (SM) use, and whether the results differ between normal and at-risk for SM addiction users.
In her talk, Natasha Tusikov (York University, Canada) considers the ways in which non-state actors rely upon the state to facilitate or legitimize their regulatory efforts and explores the state’s interests in furthering certain types of non-state regulation.
In his presentation Christiaan Maasdorp will talk about entail temporal effects of Digitalisation in organisations
The capture of data on political opinions and affiliation permits the construction of profiles on individual voters and the “micro-targeting” of increasingly precise messages to increasingly refined segments of the electorate. But to what extent should modern campaigns be allowed to “know” the electorate?
The conference will take place in Berlin on Thursday, 16 May and Friday, 17 May 2019 on the topic of “Challenges of Digital Inequality: Digital Education, Digital Work, Digital Life”.
Due to the ongoing technical advancements in robotics, new organizational and occupational impacts are expected in different sectors. The lecture focuses on the social conditions under which technology is embedded into production processes.
In his lecture on the topic "Big Data and Privacy" Prof. Dr. Frank Kargl (Ulm University) talks about a careful trade-off between data and privacy.
The talk of Tina Askanius on the topic "On Frogs, Holocaust LOLs and Execution Memes: Exploring the Humor-Hate Nexus at the Intersection of Neo-Nazi and Alt-Right Movements in Sweden”, is based on a case study of the online media practices of the militant neo-Nazi organisation the Nordic Resistance Movement in Sweden, conducted in the context of the larger research project Digital radicalisation - analogue extremism? (2018-2021)
Images are a powerful medium for communicating information, emotions, social identities and (political) opinions. At the same time, while scholars increasingly rely on textual data, images are still underutilized in social science research. In this talk, Carsten presents first insights from an ongoing project about the potential of images and in particular image recognition services.
Das Querschnittsformat „Autonome Systeme und Selbstbestimmung" begrüßt im Rahmen der Vortragsreihe „Weizenbaum meets" Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Coy. In seinem Vortrag geht er näher auf Buzzwords wie Digitalisierung, Algorithmen, Big Data oder Künstliche Intelligenz ein, die im journalistischen und politischen Alltag sehr unscharf formuliert werden.
In seinem Vortrag gibt Matthias C. Kettemann LL.M. (Harvard) Einblick in das Entstehen einer normativen Ordnung des Internets.
Andrew Sullivan, CEO, Internet Society, will give an outlook on the future of the IGF
Dr. Hagit Keysar (Ben Gurion University) will present a case study from Israel/Palestine that demonstrates DIY aerial photography as visual testimony for articulating and asserting rights abuse.
In seinem Vortrag stellt der Datenjournalist Michael Kreil anhand von Twitter-Daten dar, wie man diese wissenschaftlich analysieren, interpretieren und visualisieren kann.
Weizenbaum Fellow Roman Proskalovich (Belarusian State University) will give an overview of the chances and risks of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin.
Internetpublizist Tim Cole stellt in seinem Vortrag die zehn zentralen Thesen seines neuen Buches "Wild Wild Web" vor.
Prof. Hideyuki Tanaka (University of Tokyo) will present the Future Society Initiative, a project that brings together research activities of the university that contribute to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr. Chee Tee Wan (Copenhagen Business School) will introduce a case study of five blockchain-inspired business models in his talk.
In his talk, Prof. Dr. Thomas Burri (University of St. Gallen) will present the first comprehensive “Evaluation Schema” for autonomous security systems.
In her talk Weizenbaum Fellow Katika Kühnreich will speak about past and present attempts of (digital) social control or „social management” in China.
Weizenbaum Fellow Stefan Baack will present findings from his research about the civic tech movement, which has been influential in shaping how data is used in the non-profit sectors.
Der Querschnittsbereich “Autonomous Systems and Self-Determination“ des Weizenbaum-Instituts lädt zum Vortrag mit Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Kreowski, Universität Bremen, ein. Dieser stellt die Auftaktveranstaltung einer Reihe dar, in der verschiedene Praxisfelder beleuchtet und im Anschluss gemeinsam diskutiert werden.
Weizenbaum meets Dr. Alexander Weiß – Helmut-Schmidt-Universität / Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg
Weizenbaum Fellow Dr. Phoebe V. Moore (University of Leicester) will give an overview of artificial intelligence in the history of work design in her talk.
Im Rahmen der Weizenbaum Lecture wird Senior Fellow Dr. Aljoscha Burchardt (Deutschen Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz) in die Geschichte der KI einführen und Beispiele maschineller Übersetzung vorstellen.
As part of the Berlin Science Week, Weizenbaum Senior Fellow Prof. W. Lance Bennet (University of Washington) will introduce the three major challenges for democracies during his public lecture.
Prof. Andrew Clement is a member of Waterfront Toronto’s Digital Strategy Advisory Panel and will share and discuss insights on the concept of smart city during his talk.
In her lecture, Senior Fellow Prof. Ariadne Vromen (University of Sydney) will share insights into her research on digital political engagement.
Dr. Andreas Weigend, Gründungsmitglied des Digitalrats der Bundeskanzlerin, ist zu Gast am Weizenbaum-Institut und spricht über einige verbreitete Illusionen über digitale Daten.
Das Weizenbaum-Institut und die Humboldt Law Clinic Internetrecht laden zur ersten Weizenbaum Lecture mit Prof. Lawrence Lessig (Harvard Law School) ein.
The Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society is organizing a symposium on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in Berlin on the subject of “The Future of Work and Innovation in a Networked Society”.