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Bochum, 20 December 2018
The University of Duisburg-Essen becomes a new partner of the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS), joining the universities of Bochum, Düsseldorf, and Münster, as well as the Grimme Institute (Marl). CAIS examines and discusses the social, political, and economic changes triggered by digitalization.
Curse or blessing? Big Data, algorithms, and artificial intelligence are conquering all areas of life. The Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS), an international research center, is therefore dealing with digitalization in all its aspects. The University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) has recently become a partner.
“CAIS examines and discusses the social, political, and economic changes triggered by digitalization, and seeks to help shape these changes”, says Prof. Dr. Christoph Bieber. A political scientist at UDE, Bieber is coordinating the development of the interdisciplinary research center located in Bochum; other partners include the universities of Bochum, Düsseldorf, and Münster, as well as the Grimme Institute (Marl). CAIS is funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Joint cross-disciplinary research
How does digitalization affect politics and civil society, government and administration, business, work and education? These are the core issues. In addition, CAIS is particularly concerned with socio-technical and ethical questions to do with the use of artificial intelligence. Interdisciplinary research teams are to deal in the future with these challenges of the digital society.
Scientists and protagonists from politics, business, and civil society can already apply for the three CAIS program lines. Fellowships offer the opportunity to stay at CAIS for up to six months to conduct research projects. Working groups can come together for up to two weeks for joint projects. In addition, CAIS supports events such as conferences, workshops, colloquia, and summer schools.
In order to advance the debate in society, we hold among other things public lectures and discussion groups with the Fellows on their research interests, as well as an annual citizens’ forum. The focus this fall, for example, was on a decisive development in the world of work: namely, on when artificial intelligence promotes or fires employees.