iRights.Lab Becomes Part­ner of the Ger­man Inter­net Insti­tute


The Weizen­baum Insti­tute for the Con­nect­ed Soci­ety – The Ger­man Inter­net Insti­tute has had its cer­e­mo­ni­al open­ing in Berlin recent­ly. In the near future, it will house around 100 schol­ars inves­ti­gat­ing the dig­i­tal change. The iRights.Lab will assist them in their work as a strate­gic net­work part­ner.

The Ger­man Inter­net Insti­tute (DII) is named after the Inter­net pio­neer and com­put­er crit­ic Joseph Weizen­baum. In con­tin­u­a­tion of his work, the insti­tute is set out to holis­ti­cal­ly analyse the social shifts cause by dig­i­tal­iza­tion. To split this ambi­tious task, over 20 research groups will each address dif­fer­ent sub­jects. This broad line­up is meant to ensure that a wide range of rel­e­vant ques­tions can be cov­ered and specif­i­cal­ly inves­ti­gat­ed.

Inter­dis­ci­pli­nar­i­ty is an inte­gral part of the institute’s phi­los­o­phy. It plans to sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly com­bine eco­nom­i­cal, social, polit­i­cal, legal and infor­ma­tion­al approach­es. The DII’s task is not only to pro­vide impe­tus for fur­ther research but also to come up with prac­ti­cal solu­tions itself.

Dig­i­tal­iza­tion has already found its way into every area of our life. Now the great chal­lenge is to uti­lize the poten­tials that accrued for the whole soci­ety. The Weizen­baum Insti­tute will make a cru­cial con­tri­bu­tion to this task and we are proud to be on hand with help and advice as a strate­gic net­work part­ner. First, we need to under­stand what is hap­pen­ing before we can make the right deci­sions for pos­i­tive future.”
Philipp Otto, Founder & Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the iRights.Lab

The DII is the result of a com­pe­ti­tion held by the Fed­er­al Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion and Research which was final­ly won by a con­sor­tium con­sist­ing of Freie Uni­ver­sität Berlin, Hum­boldt-Uni­ver­sität zu Berlin, Tech­nis­che Uni­ver­sität Berlin, Uni­ver­sität der Kün­ste Berlin, Uni­ver­sität Pots­dam und Fraun­hofer-Insti­tut für Offene Kom­mu­nika­tion­ssys­teme (FOKUS). The Wis­senschaft­szen­trum Berlin für Sozial­forschung (WZB) is respon­si­ble for coor­di­nat­ing the DII which is pro­vid­ed with a total fund­ing of 50 mil­lion Euros for the next five years.

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