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Monday, November 25 • 08:00 - Friday, November 29 •18:00
Weizenbaum Institute

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The Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society - The German Internet Institute is a collaborative project from Berlin and Brandenburg funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Coordinator of the consortium is the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB).


The aim is to better understand the dynamics, mechanisms and implications of digitalisation. To this end, the Weizenbaum Institute investigates the ethical, legal, economic and political aspects of digital change. This creates an empirical basis for responsible digitalisation. On the basis of the research findings, action options are developed for government, the economy and civil society, in order to shape the digital transformation in a responsible interdisciplinary manner.


The Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society – funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) – is a consortium of five universities and two no university research institutions in Berlin and Brandenburg, The following partners are involved in the consortium: Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin), Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK), Universität Potsdam (UP), as well as the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) and the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB). The WZB acts as the consortium coordinator and is responsible for the activities of the office.

Joseph Weizenbaum

The Institute takes its name from the German-American computer science pioneer Joseph Weizenbaum (1923 – 2008), who critically examined the relationship between human beings and machines. His call for a responsible use of technology is emblematic of the work of the Weizenbaum Institute: studying and shaping the internet and digitalisation for the good of society.

Mission Statement "Self-determination in the Networked Society"

The Weizenbaum Institute for Networked Society is the German Internet Institute, a place of excellent research on the transformation and design processes of digital change. In the spirit of Joseph Weizenbaum, we research the necessary framework conditions, means and processes for individual and social self-determination in a networked society. We understand self-determination as a design principle that is central to the preservation of human dignity and democracy.

1. Mission

The Weizenbaum Institute is an independent, publicly financed, basic research-oriented, interdisciplinary research institute that critically questions digital change and engages in scientific inquiry in a transdisciplinary manner.

The work of the Weizenbaum Institute contributes to individual and social self-determination under the conditions of digitisation by researching, continuously developing and facilitating it for the long term.

In order to accompany the digital transformation scientifically, the Weizenbaum Institute enters an active dialogue with national and international scientists and citizens as well as actors from politics, civil society, and business.

Our aim is to work together in an inclusive and respectful way, to conduct cooperative, independent and responsible research and to communicate in an understandable way.

2. Principles of Work


The Research Agenda combines approaches and perspectives from economic, social, and political science, jurisprudence, informatics and design research. Social digitalisation processes are researched in a holistic way in interdisciplinary cooperation.


The Weizenbaum Institute stands for open and transparent research. We rely on the approaches of Open Data, Open Source, Open Access and Open Science methods and develop them further.


The further development of the research agenda, the execution of projects and the transfer of knowledge take place with the participatory involvement of citizens and other relevant stakeholder groups, for example in open labs, public events and Citizen Science formats.

Long-term Orientation

The Weizenbaum Institute is committed in its own actions to a well-founded basic research, which is designed for a lasting gain of knowledge. The Weizenbaum Institute scientifically accompanies and supports change processes in society.

Sustainability Orientation

The government-funded Weizenbaum Institute is committed to the common good in the sense of the UN sustainability goals. Our decisions regarding research, administration and IT infrastructure are guided by a commitment to sustainable development.

More information: http://www.weizenbaum-institut.de

Session Organizers

Monday November 25, 2019 08:00 - Friday November 29, 2019 18:00
Village Sonnenallee 225, 12057 Berlin, Germany

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