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Research Alumni Conference “Research towards Trustworthiness and Self-Determination in a Networked Society”

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The Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society in cooperation with the Alumni Programs of Technische Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Universität der Künste, Universität Potsdam as well as Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) and the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) is inviting former guest researchers to a multidisciplinary conference. Not only are we planning to discuss the highly interesting topic of “Research towards Trustworthiness and Self-Determination in a Networked Society” with renowned speakers and research alumni from various disciplines but also give visibility to the Weizenbaum Institute and its fellowships as well as guest lectureships. 

The recently founded Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society (the German Internet Institute) is run by Technische Universität Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Universität der Künste Berlin as well as Universität Potsdam and Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS). It is coordinated by the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) Around 120 scientists will be investigating the current changes in all aspects of society occurring in response to the digital transformation. The key research questions deal with issues of participation and democratic self-determination in a networked society. At the institute, researchers from the social sciences, economics, and law work together with experts from design research and computer science.

The conference will be held

from 24 to 25 September 2018

in the heart of the City of Boston, USA (Boston Center for Adult Education (122 Arlington St, Boston, MA 02116).

Prospective participants

Former guest researchers who spent a research stay at one of the consortium partners (Technische Universität Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Universität der Künste Berlin, Universität Potsdam, a German Fraunhofer Institute, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)) and who currently reside in the USA or Canada are eligible to participate in the conference.

Preliminary program

Day 1 (24 September 2018) as of 5.00 pm (tbc)

  • Arrival and registration
  • Welcome and introduction

    • Dr. Cathleen Fisher, President of the American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH)  
    • Prof. Ina Schieferdecker, Founding Director of the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society; Professor of Quality Engineering of Open Distributed Systems, TU Berlin and Director of Fraunhofer FOKUS

  • Introduction of the participants
  • Keynote Speech: "Senseable Cities"
    Prof. Carlo Ratti 
    Director of MIT's SENSEable City Lab
  • and Networking Dinner

Day 2 (25 September 2018) 9.00 am until ca. 2.45 pm (tbc)

  • Panel Discussion: "Data Sovereignty - Privacy and Security in Consumer IT and Public IT" 

    • Prof. Eszter Hargittai, Professor and Chair of Internet Use and Society at the Institute of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich
    • Prof. Hanna Krasnova, Principal Investigator at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society;Chair of Business Informatics, esp. Social Media and Data Science, Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, Universität Potsdam
    • Prof. Ina Schieferdecker, Founding Director of the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society; Professor of Quality Engineering of Open Distributed Systems, TU Berlin and Director of Fraunhofer FOKUS

  • Research in Germany: The German Research Landscape, Funding Opportunities and Joint Research Projects  

    • Dr. Cathleen Fisher, President of the American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) 
    • Dr. Rainer Gruhlich, Head of the DFG Office North America, German Research Foundation (tbc)
    • Katrin Kempiners, Information Officer, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) North America
    • Prof. Ina Schieferdecker, Founding Director of the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society; Professor of Quality Engineering of Open Distributed Systems, TU Berlin and Director of Fraunhofer FOKUS

  • Keynote Speech: "Using Research Programs to Address Complex Digital Phenomenon: The Case of Wikipedia"
    Prof. Gerald C. Kane
    Professor of Information Systems, Boston College, Carroll School of Management
  • Wrap-up Session
  • Lunch, Networking & Farewell

 

Subject to change without prior notice.

For detailed information about the speakers please click here.

 

Please register here.

 

 

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