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Workshop: The European Digital Society



Host: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Neyer

Venue: Europa-Universität Viadrina, Logenhaus (Logensaal), Logenstraße 11, 15230 Frankfurt (Oder)


The workshop provides an overview on pertinent research at AMU, the Panthéon-Sorbonne
and EUV related to understanding and criticizing the emerging European digital society. It
will identify research questions of mutual interest and foster cooperation among different
projects. The workshop will be structured along three research areas:

Research Area 1: Technology, Ethics and Human Rights in Europe
The research area Technology, Ethics and Human Rights brings together legal and ethical
discussions on robotics, artificial intelligence and the ethics of algorithms. It also includes new
challenges to international legal norms and basic human rights, technology-based applications
of law, the use of algorithms to predict possible futures, and the role of data, algorithms, and
platforms as new infrastructures of the digital society. Important research questions are
centred on the interface between technology and society. Should automated systems be able
to make important societal decisions without human intervention? What ethical and
regulatory frameworks are needed to protect democracy and human rights in the digital age?
How can human autonomy be guaranteed in a time of ubiquitous surveillance and digital
control? Can we rethink our current technologies to ensure that they respect basic human

Research Area 2: Capital, Labour and the European Welfare State
Digitisation is revolutionizing industrial relations in European societies and threatening to
disrupt the European economic model. Important aspects of this process encompass new
modes of control and surveillance in the digital economy, growing demands on individual
adaptations to the market and the emergence of new identities structured around new forms
of industrial relations. In this research area, we will explore into the emerging new social
contract underlying the digital age in Europe. What can we learn from comparing different
experiences in Europe and beyond? Can we trust the creative destruction of market forces or
will we have to defend old practices against the disruptive power of digitization? Will labour
displacement help close or deepen the gender pay gap? What governance mechanisms does
the European Union have for meeting these challenges and what new instruments do we need
to develop?

Research Area 3: Humanity, Creativity and European Culture
Our third focus of digital research focuses on the influence of digitization on culture. We will
analyze the impact of intensified interaction between machines and humans on European
cultures and discuss the importance of language and literature in mediating between
digitization and culture. We will also explore into the role of cultural institutions and point
out strategies and fields of action of digital cultural management. Important question may
encompass issues such as the impact of algorithmically controlled content profiled according
to user preferences, the changing structure of the public, or the role of misinformation for
undermining trust in democratic institutions.

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Thursday, March 21

9.00 – 9.15: Opening

- Jürgen Neyer

9.15-10.45: Law and Ehtics

Cyber Threats – New Developments in International Law
- Wolff Heintschel v Heinegg

No hard feelings, I’m just a machine. AI and Personality Rights
- Katharina de la Durantaye

The Digital Dimension of Peace Processes: A New Source of Normative Fragility (and Resilience!)
- Lars Kirchhoff

11.00 – 12.30: Politics and Society

Advantages of Social Media for Human Rights Work
- Linda Walter

Automating the Public Sphere: Challenges for Democracy
- Ben Wagner

Internal security in the age of digital policy
- Jacek Raubo

13.15 – 14.45: Economy, Work and Disruption

Interdisciplinary Labour Law Studies: the digitalisation of worklife
- Eva Kocher

Renewable Energy Communities and Consumer (Co-)ownership in the 2019 Clean Energy Package – Investing in a Renewable Future or Disrupting Energy markets?
- Jens Lowitzsch

Digital Infrastructures and the Hidden Integration of Europe
- Jan-Hendrik Passoth

15.00 – 16.30: Culture, Language and Identity

What is Human Language? Concepts of Language and New Language Practices in the Age of AI
Britta Schneider

Human Language Technologies (Natural Language Processing)
- Zygmunt Vetulani

Speech and language technology, empirical linguistics and language documentation: about study programmes and research projects at the Faculty of Modern Languages and Literatures                            - Katarzyna Klessa

16.45 - 18.15: Datamanagement and Information

- Camille Roth

AMU: the CAST system
- Jarosław Jańczak

The academic online platform Polish-Studies. Interdisciplinary
- Dagmara Jajesniak-Quast, Anna Labentz, Aleksandra Wagrodzka

18.15 - 18.45: Conclusion and Next Steps

18.45 - ...: Reception and book presentation

Jens Lowitzsch (ed.): Energy Transition – Financing consumer (co-)ownership in renewables - 18 country studies and a comparative analysis“, Palgrave, McMillan, 2019.

Logenhaus (Logensaal), Logenstraße 11, 15230 Frankfurt (Oder)

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