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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.

Meet our scientists

27.11.2019 11.00-11.45 a.m. Research Group "Digitalisation and Scientific Value Creation"

The research group “Digitalisation and Scientific Value Creation” at the Weizenbaum Institute investigates the influence of digitalization on academic research. Digitalization is understood as a change in the research and publication processes that promises to increase the benefits of research.  At the moment, an Open Science infrastructure is being developed and tested at the Weizenbaum Institute. The research group undertakes the scientific monitoring of this process. As the first components of the infrastructure, a repository for publications & research data is being set up, and a Citizen Science portal is being designed and implemented prototypically. While the aim of the repository is to manage research data, the aim of the envisioned Citizen Science portal is to enable scientists as well as non-scientists to participate in research by creating, processing and analyzing research data. The current tried-and-tested approach pursues the idea of drawing the attention of citizens by installing interactive wall-sized displays in public spaces. For the IGF, we prepared a small use case, where Tweets related to the forum are being categorized and rated.

Come see us, and learn more about our research. We look forward to discuss with you!

27.11.2019 2.00-2.45 p.m. Research Group "Democracy and Digitalisation"

Developing a better understanding of the interplay between digitalisation and democratic self-government is the declared aim of the research group ‘Democracy and Digitalisation’. The group’s research focuses on three areas of interest: Political participation, the digital transformation of the democratic public sphere and the reconfiguration of rule in the digital constellation.
At the IGF2019 three researchers from the group - Thorsten Thiel, Sebastian Berg, Niklas Rakowski - will present their work. After a general introduction into different ways of researching digitalisations effects on democracy, we will develop our own approach by developing two strands of research: We will, firstly, outline the form(s) and importance of democratic innovations developed by civic tech actors; and, secondly, discuss the impact of datafication practices on political representation, especially in the context of democratic elections.

28.11.2019 2.00-11.45 p.m. "SDG x ICT Matrices for a Sustainable Digitalisation"

Information and communication technology (ICT) has enhanced citizen participation in disaster relief operations by, for example, promoting awareness of real-time needs in affected areas and ensuring visibility among actors. In particular, in the last decade, there have been intense research activities focusing on non-traditional data sources, such as social media during and after large-scale disasters. This approach, which regards people's communication on social media as a sensor of real-time situations has been widely adopted as the "people as sensor'' approach. I will introduce several "people as sensors'' approaches that have been implemented. Furthermore, to improve recovery efforts after a large-scale disaster, detecting communities’ real-time recovery situations is needed because existing socio-economic recovery indicators, such as observing changes in population and production, and conducting questionnaire surveys, are not available in a real-time way. Thus, using social media data has the possibility of filling the gap by its timeliness, volume, and diversity. Motivated by this possibility, this study gives multiple evidence to support the appropriateness of using social media data for detecting socio-economic recovery activities.

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Monday November 25, 2019 08:00 - Friday November 29, 2019 18:00 CET