Blog: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Technical and Legal Hurdles in GDPR Compliance of Software Systems


Companies developing software systems need to assure compliance with personal data protection norms. This blog post elaborates on the legal and technological aspects of software system compliance, and specifically focuses on the cornerstone notion of ‘anonymous data’.

Blog: Digital Technology Adoption by German Firms: Uncovering the Metadata of the ifo Business Climate Index


The ifo Business Climate Index is often referred to as a representative study, investigating inter alia German companies’ digitisation progress. The Data collected attracts a great deal of media attention in Germany. However, the survey’s metadata, which is a rich source of information about companies and their behaviour, has so far received little public or academic attention.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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