Diversity

“The New New”: Launch of 12 projects in a new European fellowship program

What do more inclusive and diverse digital visions of the future look like? Almost 300 project ideas from all over Europe applied for “The New New”-fellowship. During the last weeks the advisory board selected twelve projects from nine countries. These projects will receive coaching and financial support over six months to further professionalize their existing […]

„The New New”: Launch of a new fellowship for the development of just and inclusive digital futures

Now, more than ever, we need to ask ourselves: What visions for the future should guide our lives today? What role should digital innovation play in these visions? How can we ensure that algorithms, artificial intelligence and other technologies foster inclusion, diversity and cohesion? The New New fellowship, a six-month stipend offered by the Bertelsmann […]

We Humans and the Intelligent Machines

The use of algorithms has long since ceased to be science fiction and has become reality. Seemingly intelligent machines are part of our lives. They surround us and enter ever new, sensitive areas of life. They analyze human behavior and shape modern societies. We should deal with them before we get used to them. We […]

What strategies are needed to ensure machines serve humankind?

Impact assessments, seals of quality for the origin and quality of data, creating class-action rights for federal anti-discrimination agencies, establishing an agency with algorithmic oversight – there are several ways to go about making sure that algorithmic systems are used for the well-being of everyone in society. The working paper “Machines in the Service of […]

Digital public: looking at what algorithms actually do

The development and expansion of today’s communications platforms have led to a radical change in how public discourse is conducted and public opinion formed. In particular, the traditional boundary between personal and public communication has disappeared. A prime example is a 2017 case involving the American actor William Shatner – best known for having played […]

Almost everything you need to know about the digital public sphere

We try to condense the 90+ pages of our paper “Digitale Öffentlichkeit” (full version in German: DOI 10.11586/2017028) to a short summary below that answers three key questions: Media transformation: How is public discourse changing because of the new digital platforms through which many people now receive socially relevant information? Social consequences: In terms of […]

The digital public – How algorithmic processes influence social discourse

Essentially this paper answers three key questions relating to public communication and opinion in the digital age: 1. Media transformation: How is public discourse changing because of the new digital platforms through which many people now receive socially relevant information? When all age groups are considered, intermediaries driven by algorithmic processes, such as Google and […]