Humboldt Center for Internet and Society (HIIG)

Von Humboldt Center for Internet and Society (HIIG)

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) is an interdisciplinary research centre founded in 2011 by Berlin’s academic institutions in order to focus research on internet and society; it was the first centre of its kind in Germany. The aim is to better understand the digitalisation of all spheres of life. Building on the expertise of its multidisciplinary team and its interdisciplinary setup and working routines, the institute particularly focuses on the relationship between innovation and governance in the digital society. Together with the Berkman Klein Center, Harvard, the HIIG has founded the Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC) with now more than 75 research institutions worldwide. For HIIG, the European perspective is key to understanding and shaping the digital society. Therefore, the HIIG initiated the launch of the European Hub for Internet and Society within the NoC, a platform for scientific exchange and cooperation in Europe, with representatives of 15 European internet research institutes.