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The Master of Digital Entrepreneurship (MoDE) enters into its second round: One week before the start of the winter semester 2021/2022, the ENS welcomes its new generation of master students with a hybrid orientation week in the ENS Coworking Space at the Collegium Polonicum as well as online. The three-day program includes a welcome speech by ENS Dean Prof. Jürgen Neyer, an introduction to the study program by MoDE Director Prof. Lauri Wessel and several informative sessions introducing the new students to the most important university institutions.
Furthermore, the group gets the chance to meet students from the first generation of the MoDE, learn about best practice entrepreneurship and project ideas and take a tour around the twin city of Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice.
In accordance with the European University Viadrina’s COVID-19 policy, the ENS aims to return to on-site lectures which will be complemented by online and hybrid formats. The "3G rule" applies to participants as well as teaching and supervisory staff at courses and examinations.
Jan-Hendrik Passoth, Professor for Sociology at the ENS, and his team have presented a paper on the responsible development of artificial intelligence. The paper is a crucial interim result within the EU research project ASSISTANT.
The research project is developing so-called digital twins for the optimization of production processes whose components use artificial intelligence. The ENS team is involved in the project to ensure that social, political and ethical requirements are considered in the development process.
"Based on technical architecture documents, we have now, for the first time, been able to present a plan outlining important points to consider in further development. We conducted various workshops discussing the meaning of responsibility in production with project partners from engineering and technical sciences. With the help of this information, we adapted abstract frameworks from the academic field to the project in concrete terms,” says Passoth.
Technology is of crucial importance for understanding the recent crisis of global governance and concomitant practices of re-territorializing sovereignty. It is far more than an instrument for putting ideas and interests into practice; it is embedded in relationships of power, gives expression to normative decisions and shapes the conditions under which politics is conducted. Technology empowers some actors and disempowers others. It makes new forms of political action possible and others more costly. This crucial role of technology has been emphasized in many dispersed parts of the IR discourse since long. What has often been overlooked, however, is that technological innovation can have a disruptive effect on international institutions. This paper traces this disruptive effect in the administration of the internet by underlining the close nexus between technology, sovereignty and global governance. It finally discusses promising avenues for future research.
Analyzing and mapping current trends: Which hashtags are trending in the election campaigns of the political parties and why? Who is pushing which topic? Are there signs of coordinated inauthentic campaigns?
Zahlen zur Wahl is a joint project of the ENS Chair for Digital Democracy, the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, the NRW School of Governance and the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans Bredow Institute (HBI).
The team of researchers and students observes, researches and analyzes the social media activities of political parties and candidates in the German federal and state election campaigns. Collecting data, evaluating it and describing current developments on an ongoing basis, the project aims to contribute to making the online election campaign more transparent.
The project's target groups are journalists (especially in local media without resources for their own analyses), teachers, and interested citizens. All graphics and data published on the project website may be used, posted and reproduced.
Zahlen zur Wahl is funded by the NGO Reset.tech.
Silvan Pollozek has been awarded with the John Urry Article Prize 2020 for his article “Turbulences of speeding up data circulation. Frontex and its crooked temporalities of ‘real-time’border control”. The John Urry Memorial Prize is awarded annually by the editors of the journal ‘Mobilities’ in honour of the (late) founding editor of the journal, and famous sociologist of mobility, John Urry.
By focusing on practices and processes of infrastructuring, the article works out how data is brought to circulation — but only in form of a ‘crooked’ process. Instead of a seamless flow of data that produces situational pictures of Europe’s border zones quasi ‘real-time’, the implementation of JORA faces data frictions, issues of data quality, synchronization problems of multiple orderings, and the clash of border control practices on the ground. With this, the paper shows how such turbulences not only bring quite a different temporal regime into being but also reshape interorganizational forms of collaboration and border work in the field of European migration and border control.
Silvan Pollozek is part of the Sociology of Technology (STS) study group at ENS. In his research, he focuses on data infrastructures of European migration and border control.
Which videos does the YouTube algorithm recommend to which users for the federal election? This will be investigated with the help of the new data donation platform "DataSkop", which has been launched on 15 July 2021. The platform is operated by the ENS in cooperation with the University of Paderborn, the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences and the Mediale Pfade association under the direction of the non-profit organization AlgorithmWatch. The three-year project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with 1.8 million euros.
Starting today, users with a YouTube account can download the DataSkop client from the project website. For six weeks, from July 15 to August 25, 2021, they can donate their data and gain insights into the algorithm themselves. The donated data will be analyzed by researchers from the ENS and data journalists from the German weekly news magazine "Der Spiegel". Initial findings will be published before the federal elections at the end of September.
With the "Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education" funding initiative, the German federal and state governments aim to expand the supply of academic specialists for business and science in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), as well as to promote the use of AI to improve higher education. Our research project proposal SKILL is among the four Brandenburg AI university projects supported for their approach to individual adaptation of teaching and learning processes.
SKILL is a cooperation of the ENS and the Center for Teaching and Learning (ZLL) of the European University Viadrina as well as the Bauhaus University Weimar. Together, the research team aims at developing a social science lab for research-based learning. Students will be involved in the process of building and applying AI-based technologies which should be able to recognize, analyze, and visualize the structure of argumentation in scientific articles and political arenas, providing students with insights for their own university work.
The federal government is providing 90 percent of the funding, while Brandenburg is providing 10 percent. The AI projects particularly address universities that prepare students for qualified professional jobs and where the application of AI will become increasingly important.
Dementia is a major societal challenge. Many persons with dementia are being cared for by family members. Locating technologies have the potential to help family members experience less stress in these situations. But why to these technologies diffuse so slowly? Prof. Lauri Wessel (Chair for Information Management and Digital Transformation) has explored this question in transdisciplinary research together with Silka Dawn Freieseleben, Herlind Megges, Christina Herrmann, and Oliver Peters from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin by looking at diverse stakeholders involved with producing and offering these technologies.
ENS Professor Lauri Wessel (Chair for Information Management and Digital Transformation) will co-edit a special issue on “Data Governance, Digital Innovation, and Societal Challenges“ in the journal Information & Organization (I&O). I&O is a prestigious journal that focuses on the application of organization theory to digital phenomena. Lauri will co-edit the special issue together with Liz Davidson (University of Hawaii), Jennifer Sunrise Winter (University of Hawaii), and Susan J. Winter (University of Maryland).
ENS has a brand-new mentorship platform aiming to connect students of the Master of Digital Entrepreneurship (MoDE) with mentors from different fields of business, research and development. To become a Mentor, please register online and create your profile defining the fields of activity and expertise you would like to support students with – the registration process won’t take long!
Once registered on the M2M platform, you can get in touch with students whose projects seem interesting to you and decide on mentees’ enquiries on an individual basis. You can discuss their innovative ideas, get in touch with new scientific insights and become part of our growing ENS network! The individual relationship between the ENS students (Mentees) and the Mentors is then sought, found and negotiated on a bilateral basis.
Innovation for the future of education and science: The ENS has reached the next stage of the Stifterverband's anniversary initiative "Wirkung hoch 100" as it enters the second funding phase.
More than 500 initiatives applied for the funding scheme when it was launched in summer 2020 on the occasion of the Stifterverband's 100th birthday. From the 100 best ideas for the future of education, science and innovation which were selected in the first round, the advisory board has now decided on the 30 with the greatest potential. The remaining teams are working with experts scaling their projects and preparing for their pitch to reach the next round. The final ten will be funded with a total of one million euros.
You can now apply for the summer school "Viadrinicum" of the European University Viadrina, which will take place from 16-29 August 2021. Participation is open to students, doctoral candidates, individuals from civil society and cultural professionals up to the age of 35. The event entitled "Transsectoral Digital Lab: (Dis-)Assembling the (Post-)Digital Social," will allow you to explore the social and political implications of digitalization on an individual and societal level.
Topics such as smart cities, digital infrastructures, descriptions of the "digital self" in social media, and expanded possibilities of digital sources in research will be examined in an interdisciplinary way. The program is being developed in cooperation with the Center for Eastern European and International Studies (ZOiS, Berlin), the Brandenburg State Museum of Modern Art (BLMK), and the ENS.
The ENS, in cooperation with the Frankfurter Dienstleistungsholding (FDH) and the city administration, is supporting the city of Frankfurt in the development of a digitalization strategy.
"Together, we will use digital technologies to make Frankfurt (Oder) an even more livable and lovable city," says Prof. Dr. Jürgen Neyer, Director of the ENS about the Smart City concept. "We want to leverage smart technologies to turn Frankfurt into a dynamic innovation hub in the region.”
Everyone is talking about digital transformation. Many organizations are afraid of missing out as their competitors get ahead. But are they really doing digital transformation?
Based on research insights from a paper by Prof. Lauri Wessel, this animated clip outlines the similarities and differences between digital transformation and IT-enabled organizational transformation.
5G radiation activates the corona virus and mRNA vaccines alter the human genome - what are the causes and motivation for such misinformation and what strategies are there against conspiracy myths?
On 7 March 2021, Professor Ulrike Klinger was interviewed by the German public news channel RBB Inforadio. The discussion (in German) has been recorded and is now available in the channel's media library.
On 9 February 2021, we are proud to welcome Prof. Sandra Wachter (University of Oxford) as a guest speaker in our ENS research seminar. She will present a paper on fairness in machine learning and its implications for EU non-discrimination law - an area she has already worked on intensely.
Professor Wachter is an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow focusing on law and ethics of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and robotics as well as internet regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford.
From September 22-25, 2021, the InnoX Science Festival will take place as the first festival for knowledge transfer and science communication in Brandenburg. Following the motto "Strengthen regions, experience science and shape transfer", the festival will feature events at selected locations throughout Brandenburg while, at the same time, aiming to create a virtual platform for exchange, discussion and networking.
As part of the InnoX@Fürstenwalde sessions on Saturday, 25 September 2021, ENS Dean Jürgen Neyer will join a live Q&A session providing the opportunity to ask questions to professors from different departments and research areas of the TH Wildau and the European University Viadrina.
Join the event on-site in Fürstenwalde - or follow the live stream and discuss online!
Telemedicine, smart electricity meters or digital services in city halls: none of this would be possible without the expansion of the digital infrastructure toward a sustainable broadband networks. As part of a roadshow through Germany, atene KOM, as an implementer of such infrastructure projects, will be visiting Frankfurt (Oder) and the ENS on Friday, 10 September, 12-3pm.
Equipped with the latest digital technology and its applications, the info truck presents the capabilities of broadband networks, interactive simulations, explanatory and video films and much more. In addition to media walls, tablets and notebooks around the truck, a telepresence robot will demonstrate new, active communication options.
Also, you can find out more about the ENS and current developments in the Smart City project of the twin city.
In his opening talk, Dr. Evgeny Morozov (Rome) will outline the broad contours of a very different political agenda that seeks to redeploy the vast potentials of digital infrastructures towards the goals of enhancing democratic agency, boosting autonomy, and facilitating individual and collective becoming and discovery.
The opening event will be moderated by Prof. Jürgen Neyer (ENS) and streamed via Zoom. To join the event, please register here.
The Summer School Viadrinicum 2021 is organized by the European University Viadrina, the Center for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) and us - looking forward to seeing you there!
The DFG Research Training Group ‘DynamInt’ invites PhD candidates to a two-day workshop at the Humboldt University of Berlin on 15-16 July 2021, in the context of the European Law School - Summer School 2021.
On the second day, ENS Professor Philipp Hacker will be one of the speakers in the first session starting 9:30 AM.
The Doctoral Forum provides a platform for PhD candidates in the field of European Law to present their research, debate current issues, exchange ideas with other researchers and get feedback from Professors and Post-Docs in an international environment. It will consist of a diverse range of events including keynote speeches, a panel of presentations by selected candidates and a poster session.
As the digitalization of the economy and society progresses, artificial intelligence is also increasingly coming into focus. Artificial intelligence is determining or influencing more and more areas of consumers' everyday lives.
On the one hand, artificial intelligence offers many opportunities for consumers, such as an increase in safety through the use of artificial intelligence in the area of mobility or to support diagnoses in medicine.
On the other hand, the use of artificial intelligence in the lives of consumers is accompanied by risks. Among other things, the use of artificial intelligence raises questions about protection against discrimination, transparency, verifiability and legal enforcement.
On 12 July 2021, ENS Professor Philipp Hacker will present at an online conference of the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection.
With the rapid rise of Chinese Internet companies such as Tencent, ByteDance, Alibaba, and the resulting increase in technological competition, control over data is becoming a theater of geoeconomics and geopolitics. The military-civilian fusion of data-based technologies, China's emergence as a global data power alongside the United States, and the increasing fragmentation of digital infrastructures, add to the confusion of this policy arena. This webinar focuses on the notion of "data power" and takes a close look at China's data policy with a special focus on its relevance for Franco-German or European strategic coordination.
ENS Professor Jan-Hendrik Passoth will contribute a talk on Artificial Intelligence and Global Offer Leader for AI in Public Sector.
Book your seat for 7 July 2021, 2 PM.
Does the #euronewschool really have a soccer table and a hammock in their Coworking Space? (Spoiler: Yes, we do!) Why do these people keep on talking about the digital transformation and project-based learning? Is the Master of Digital Entrepreneurship (MoDE) the right thing for me?
If you are studying at Viadrina and would like to get to know the European New School of Digital Studies - come over for a visit in our Coworking Space! We will answer all your questions and you will have the chance to get to know some of our MoDE students!
Don’t have any questions, just being curious? Come over anyway – we have cookies!
Where? European New School of Digital Studies (ENS) – Coworking Space, Collegium Polonicum, Slubice
When? Thursday, 8 July 2021, 10 am – 4 pm
Supported by the ENS and the Stadtwerke Frankfurt (Oder) GmbH, the city of Frankfurt (Oder) is developing a digitization strategy. It aims to find answers to the questions of how ecologically sustainable as well as socially and economically balanced solutions and technologies can improve the quality of life in the city and increase the participation of citizens in shaping it.
On 18 June 2021, the interim results from the working groups will be presented for public discussion for the first time. Interested citizens will have the opportunity to ask questions in a public zoom meeting and actively participate in the design of a smart city strategy for Frankfurt (Oder).
The full-day event will be held in German and simultaneously translated into Polish.
The Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics and the Social Science Research Council’s Media & Democracy program invite you to join them for the plenary panels for "The Conservative Dilemma: Digital Surrogate Organizations and the Future of Liberal Democracy" on Monday, May 3, 2021, and Tuesday, May 4, 2021, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. ET.
ENS Professor Ulrike Klinger will be the moderator on the first conference day. The virtual conference will focus on the causes, effects, and mechanisms by which organizations like QAnon, Breitbart, or r/thedonald—framed collectively as “digital surrogate organizations”—may shape party politics in democracies. The event will feature keynote remarks by Daniel Ziblatt, Eaton Professor of Government at Harvard University, and Kate Starbird, Associate Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering at University of Washington. The remarks will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A.
Digital infrastructures and the platforms operating on them are firmly in private-sector hands. Apart from a few exceptional cases, these are market-dominating companies such as Google or Amazon.
In an upcoming lecture on 30 March 2021, 4-6 PM, ENS Professor Jan-Hendrik Passoth explores the consequences of this dominance for competition and freedom of choice, but above all for democracy and civil society.
The online lecture will be held via Zoom as part of the Leibniz Media Lectures series at the Hamburg branch of the Research Institute for Social Cohesion. Please register via the event website. The event will be held in German.
Are the existing rules of consumer protection and non-discrimination law fit for dealing with the potential harm created by the increasing use of targeted advertising and personalization in ecommerce? Can technology assist consumer authorities to detect targeting and personalization practices that infringe existing rules, and/or assist policy makers in the field of consumer law to amend consumer protection and non-discrimination to this new reality?
On March 4-5, 2021, Prof. Philipp Hacker will be among the speakers of a 2-day research seminar addressing the challenges arising from targeted advertising and personalization in eCommerce.
On 4 March 2021, ENS Professor Philipp Hacker will join a virtual group meeting of CodeX - the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics which is a multidisciplinary laboratory operated by Stanford Law School and the Stanford CS Department. You can attend the meeting by subscribing here.
The meeting will start at 1:30 PM Pacific Time (10:30 PM CET).
Philipp Hacker will discuss a new model which allows developers to interpolate between different fairness definitions, and explores to what extent developers risk liability under affirmative action doctrines if they seek to implement algorithmic fairness measures in their models.
Update: The meeting has been recorded and is now available on YouTube.
What role do the identity of an organization and its specific approaches and practices play in its digital transformation? On Friday, 19 February 2021, ENS Prof. Lauri Wessel will address this question from a social science perspective, contrasting two examples from public service and the private sector. The event is organized by gfa | public.
Participation in the online event is free upon registration, presentation language is German.
Livestream on 17-18 February 2021: ENS Professor Ulrike Klinger will join a symposium organized by the Hanns Martin Schleyer Foundation in cooperation with the Heinz Nixdorf Foundation and the Technical University of Berlin. The conference will be a platform for exchange and debate with leading representatives from science, politics, business and the media jointly seeking solutions for a competitive – and at the same time responsible - digital transformation. Save your seat to watch the livestream.
Please note that the event will be held in German.
On 22nd of October we will celebrate the start of the European New School of Digital Studies. Join our event virtually and be part of the panel discussion on challenges and opportunities of Academia in the 21st century. Enjoy the performance of the Berlin-based artist ricoloop, who creates spectacular electro-acoustic sound collages with his loop station.
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The Centre for Internet & Human Rights and the ENS hosted an unconference with scientists and practitioners to discuss theoretical foundations for human rights in the digital age and their practical implications.
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The workshop brought together scientists from different areas of political and communication science to analyse and discuss theoretical norms and empirical implications of the digital age for democracy.
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In cooperation with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and Deloitte’s Center for the Long View participants from Viadrina assessed and debated the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in scenario-based research.
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The workshop provided an overview on pertinent research at Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan, the Panthéon-Sorbonne
and the European University Viadrina related to understanding and criticizing the emerging European digital society.
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In cooperation with the Chair for European and International Politics at the European University Viadrina, Deloitte’s Center for the Long View and SWP the workshop shed light on an AI-based scenario methodology to develop scenarios on digital geopolitics.
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