Cross Section Formats

The work of the 21 research groups is supplemented by thematic groups with a cross-sectional character. The cross-sectional formats deal with overarching questions of ethics and political shaping of the relationship between technology and society.

The cross-sectional formats pursue two main objectives. First, they bring together research results and prepare them for overarching ethical and political questions. The aim is to provide expert opinions on the major design issues with regard to the relationship between society and digital technology.

Secondly, innovative and risky ideas and impulses for the further development of the research agenda of the Weizenbaum-Institut are to be developed. In doing so, the cross-sectional formats are to remain a living instrument. Accordingly, their questions (and also their number) will be adapted to the development of the Weizenbaum-Institute.

Cross Section Formats

Autonomous Systems & Self-Determination

Autonomous Systems & Self-Determination

This cross-sectional format addresses the question of how the increasing use of autonomous or semi-autonomous information technology systems affects the possibilities of individual and collective self-determination.

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Security & Transparency

Security & Transparency

In this cross-sectional format, our scientists devote themselves to the exchange and joint research on topics that touch on the area of tension between security and openness.

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Digitalisation & Sustainability

Digitalisation & Sustainability

This cross-sectional format accompanies the transformation to a sustainable networked society. The transformation processes observed include the sustainable digitization of energy networks, mobility, and education, but also substitution effects in the working environments of the future.

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