How can digital products and platforms be designed to protect individual freedom and promote social cohesion? The project, which is under the patronage of the German Federal President, developed answers to this question that will serve as a knowledge base for political dialogue in the international context on the ethics of digitalisation.
How should we programme chat bots to make sure they don’t discriminate when they’re communicating? What rules do we need if we want to develop AI that serves the public good? How can we design algorithms that shape our society, for example by deciding which content is visible on social media channels? International experts from science, politics, civil society, and business discussed ethical questions of digitalisation, including those related to the use of artificial intelligence and algorithms.
The project focused on the social impact of digitization and aimed to achieve application-driven and practice-oriented results with social relevance. The core of the project consisted of four "research sprints", three "clinics" as well as interim evaluations and multi-stakeholder dialogues.
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier
was patron of the project and launched it with a kick-off event on 17 August 2020
The final report
, published in autumn 2022, provides an overview of the activities in the individual sub-projects, "research sprints" and "clinics" on topics such as artificial intelligence in content moderation, access to educational spaces in times of pandemics or gender stereotypes in online advertising.
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