The 2015 Volkswagen emission scandal is a recent example of the power and challenges of algorithmic regulation. Volkswagen used software to manipulate the emissions of cars, and public regulators were unable to access the source code of this software.
On March 8, 2016, a group of experts will meet at Viadrina to initiate a new research project on Internet Policy in Eastern Partnership countries . The goal of this project is to research the development of internet policies in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
How is internet policy developed in countries of the Eastern Partnership? Will shifting geopolitical alliances have an impact on internet policy in Ukraine or Armenia? On March 8, we will bring together scholars interested in answering those questions.
CPDP 2016 is taking place this week in Brussels, the theme is “[in]visibilities and infrastructures”. Here is an overview of some panels with CIHR participation.
In 2015, the debate about how to best control exports of surveillance technologies from Europe to countries where they can be used to harm human rights was full of interesting developments. We prepared an overview of some of the most interesting ones.
“The German federal government should push for greater transparency and a greater role for human rights in the new EU dual-use regulation: – said Ben Wagner during a public expert hearing at the German Bundestag on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015.
The 10th annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum has been taking place in João Pessoa, Brazil, on 10 to 13 November 2015. This year’s theme is “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development”.
Why do algorithms raise ethical concerns? Because they keep information away from us, make subjective decisions and – most importantly – we don’t always know how they work. CIHR put together a publication which summarises key issues of the Ethics of Algorithms debates.
The working group on human rights of the German association for political science is organizing a one-day conference entitled “Menschenrechte im ‘Cyberraum'” in cooperation with Schader Stiftung and supported by CIHR.
“The disconnection of communications networks has serious negative consequences for both economy and society in Pakistan” says Ben Wagner, who contributed to a new report on network shutdowns published today. In Pakistan, mobile and internet networks are disconnected frequently during public gatherings due to security concerns.