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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.
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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