Faculty of Law, Bebelplatz in Berlin

About the Institute for Internet & Society

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On the 1st Symposium on Internet and Society we were welcoming Internet & Society scolars from all disciplines to exchange perspectives and deliberate about the best ways to research and shape the transformation of our societies caused by networked information technologiy. 

The symposium consisted of three elements: 

  • The Inauguration on October 25th at the faculty of law at Humboldt University of Berlin was holding an evening reception and announced the scientific board and the board of trustees. We were welcoming David Drummond, Senior Vice President at Google. Finally, the directors announced details about the research approach of the institute and opened the institute space for a public view.
  • The Research Symposium, October 26th and 27th, was a transdisciplinary academic conference which brought together researchers who are committed to work in the area of Internet and Society. Presentations and workshop discussions followed the leitmotiv to find the most interesting and prudent research questions and thereby helped to set the research agenda and facilitate the emergence of joint projects among Internet & society scholars. Different workshops addressed questions about Internet governance, global constitutionalism, Internet innovation and information- and media-law. Through these workshops, the symposium was linked to already existing research efforts and partnering projects within Germany and on an international level.
  • The Open Science Forum on October 28th provided an innovative platform for academia and different stakeholders from industry, politics and various different civil society interest groups to discuss and work on the real world problems of the information society. It gave an overview of the academic discussion and open the conference space for different transdisciplinary working sessions.

 

Schedule

The preliminary program provides an overview of the Berlin Symposium on Internet & Society. For further information see here …

October 25th Opening Reception
Starting 17:00: Opening Reception at the Humboldt University Faculty of Law, Bebelplatz

October 26th Conference Day One
09:00 – 10:00: Arrival and Registration
10:00 – 10:30: Welcome and Introduction
10:30 – 12:00: Panel Session, International View of Internet & Society
12:00 – 13:00: Lunch
13:00 – 13:30: Introduction of the Workshops
13:30 – 15:30: Workshop Session 1
15:30 – 16:00: Coffee Break
16:00 – 18:00: Workshop Session 2
18:00 – 19:00: Break
19:00 – 22:00: Evening Program

October 27th Conference Day Two
09:00 – 10:00: Plenary Session
10:00 – 12:00: Workshop Session 1
12:00 – 13:00: Lunch
13:00 – 15:00: Workshop Session 2
15:00 – 17:00: Closing Panel
17:00 – 19:00: Break
19:00 – 22:00: Evening Program

October 28th Open Science Forum
09:00: Arrival 09:30: Welcome by Moderator & Directors 09:45: Keynote Damon Horowitz 10:15: Introduction to the Format by Moderator & Directors 10:30: Session 1: Insights, Essentials, and Key Questions from Workshop Day 1 11:30: Session 2: Insights, Essentials, and Key Questions from Workshop Day 1 12:30: Lunch / Open Press Round Table Talk with the Directors 13:30: Session 3: Insights, Essentials, and Key Questions from Workshop Day 2 14:30: Session 4: Insights, Essentials, and Key Questions from Workshop Day 2 15:30: Summary of the Day 16:00: Closing Words, Thank You and Farewell Drinks 16:30: Farewell Drinks and Party

Speakers
We are pleased to confirm that for example the following outstanding scholars have agreed to contribute to the Symposium:
Professor Juan Carlos de Martin
Nexa Center for Internet & Society, Politecnico di Torino
Professor Urs Gasser
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School
Professor Oliver Gassmann
Universität St Gallen
Professor Niva Elkin-Koren
University of Haifa
Rebecca MacKinnon
Senior Fellow, New America Foundation 
Philipp Müller
Willy Brandt School of Public Policy

Speakers

We are pleased to confirm that for example the following outstanding scholars have agreed to contribute to the Symposium:

  • Professor Juan Carlos de Martin – Nexa Center for Internet & Society, Politecnico di Torino
  • Professor Urs Gasser – Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School
  • Professor Oliver Gassmann – Universität St.Gallen
  • Professor Niva Elkin-Koren – University of Haifa
  • Rebecca MacKinnon – Senior Fellow, New America Foundation 
  • Philipp Müller – Willy Brandt School of Public Policy