We promote exchange about
the future of the digital society

How will humans and machines work together in the future? What challenges will be brought on by artificial intelligence? Where does Germany stand regarding digitalisation compared to the global competition? The digital transformation raises questions that will affect every individual as well as society as a whole.

Through the blog, the bidt provides a forum for researchers from various disciplines and experts from practice to exchange ideas on the topic of digital transformation.


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2307, 2021

Blog: Digitalisation Research and Network Meeting


DigiMeet took place virtually on 10 June 2021 with the topic “sustainability in digital transformation: charting new terrain, exploring tensions.” The main purpose of this interdisciplinary event was to provide a forum for early career researchers with a focus on digitalisation-related topics and to inaugurate a collaboration between Weizenbaum Institut, CAIS and bidt.

507, 2021

Nudge Units and Data-driven Nudging


Nudging as a global trend has been used in the past years to face intractable policy problems. It is considered as particularly useful when conventional policy tools based on hard economic incentives and strict legal requirements have failed. The trend is ongoing, especially since policy makers become interested in using digital tools to influence behaviour.

1606, 2021

Citizen Science goes virtual – digitalisation as a boom in participatory science?


Ordinary citizens involvement in scientific research should not be taken as a matter of course. Nevertheless, the history of science has over time seen various forms of civil society participation, including Citizen Science (CS), which is currently expanding not only on a scientific level, but also within political and social spheres.

1406, 2021

Interdisciplinary challenges on the way to public value-oriented software engineering


Making sure that software-intensive systems are compliant with regulatory requirements, in domains such as public service media, say, may not be the most straightforward task. Indeed, we face special challenges when it comes to the engineering of such systems for modern media organisations.

106, 2021

Copyright in the digital age: legislation in the context of conflicting interests


Two years ago, a planned introduction of upload filters resulting from the EU’s Digital Single Market Directive triggered broad public debate. This controversial reform is now due to be implemented in German law by summer 2021. Despite the grand coalition’s previous announcements denying such an introduction, provision has now been made for upload filters in the new Copyright Service Providers Act.

2505, 2021

Enabling prescision medicine with AI


Artificial intelligence and related technologies keep shaping our society, providing us with more and more solutions that seemed impossible only a few years ago. This blog post gives an insight into the research field of bioinformatics, showing how modern technologies contribute to the digitalisation in the biomedical sector.

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