iRights.Lab cel­e­brates as a part­ner at Berlin’s #nur­mi­teuch (#only­with­y­ou) Fes­ti­val

From Octo­ber 1–3, 2018, the “biggest party of the year,” at least by its own account, took place in Berlin, even if the cold tem­per­a­tures and two days of con­tin­u­ous rain­fall meant that turn-out was some­what small­er than hoped. Over these three days, Ger­man Unity Day was marked and cel­e­brat­ed around the Bran­den­burg Gate and the Straße des 17. Juni. iRights.Lab was on-site with its own infor­ma­tion stand, pre­sent­ing itself as a part­ner in the field of “future & inno­va­tion.”

Vis­i­tors were able to talk with our experts about the key issues in a dig­i­tal soci­ety and bet­ter acquaint them­selves with the work of the lab. The top­ics of arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence, smart­phones in schools, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion over social net­works were the sub­jects of par­tic­u­lar inter­est.

Among the projects pre­sent­ed were a coop­er­a­tive endeav­or with the Foun­da­tion for Remem­brance, Respon­si­bil­i­ty and Future, in which we are work­ing to devel­op mod­els to pro­mote his­tor­i­cal-polit­i­cal edu­ca­tion in a dig­i­tal soci­ety; our joint project with the Ber­tels­mann Foun­da­tion to devel­op qual­i­ty cri­te­ria for algo­rith­mic process­es; and our research accom­pa­ny­ing the work of the “mFund” mobil­i­ty fund, on behalf of the Fed­er­al Min­istry of Trans­port and Dig­i­tal Infra­struc­ture, in which we deal with data gov­er­nance con­cepts.

Our book 3TH1CS — Die Ethik in dig­i­taler Zeit (3TH1CS – A rein­ven­tion of ethics in the dig­i­tal age?) also met with great inter­est. Vis­i­tors to our infor­ma­tion stand could win copies of this book, in which sev­er­al inter­na­tion­al experts exam­ine and answer the eth­i­cal and moral ques­tions raised by tech­no­log­i­cal progress across the most diverse fields in our soci­ety.

In addi­tion, we pre­sent­ed our part­ner project with iRights e.V., “ANNA — Das ver­net­zte Leben” (“ANNA — Con­nect­ed life”), which deals with the role of algo­rithms and arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence in every­day life. In addi­tion to the film “Observed & Eval­u­at­ed”, vis­i­tors could receive infor­ma­tion and mate­ri­als while talk­ing to the team behind the project, which is sup­port­ed by the Fed­er­al Min­istry of Jus­tice and Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion (BMJV).

On the first day of the event, Mayor Michael Müller also vis­it­ed the iRights.Lab stand and spoke to the staff about var­i­ous projects and top­ics that have the poten­tial to play an impor­tant role in the future. We assume that devel­op­ments in the dig­i­ti­za­tion in Berlin and in dig­i­tal pol­i­cy in gen­er­al will only con­tin­ue to accel­er­ate.

The weath­er notwith­stand­ing, iRights.Lab Direc­tor Philipp Otto was pleased with the result: “We don’t just want to help shape dig­i­ti­za­tion, we also want explain it. Espe­cial­ly events like this one give us the oppor­tu­ni­ty to exchange ideas with peo­ple who might not oth­er­wise engage very much with these issues. This way you can see how tech­no­log­i­cal progress is actu­al­ly per­ceived by peo­ple in their every­day lives. This is impor­tant, because it is often given short shrift in the polit­i­cal dis­course.”

Impres­sions of the iRights.Lab at the #nur­mi­teuch Fes­ti­val can be seen in our FLICKR gallery.
Infor­ma­tion on the part­ner project with the BMJV, “Anna — Das ver­net­zte Leben” can be found here.