Legal Framework

The constant development of digital technologies brings along legal and ethical concerns. A collective dialogue that brings together members of the civil society, academia, ethic commissions, lawyers and politicians is needed in order to identify a unified code of conduct. Autonomous driving, humanoid robots, drones or face recognition systems are just some examples of areas that need to find their place within the legal framework of any country. Albeit the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) thoroughly regulates data collection and processing EU-wide, further attention has to be paid by each government when it comes to actual enforcement – especially the application of EU-Laws on data, which was collected in Europe, but is analyzed in non-EU countries.

We present the recent challenges and trends of this topic as well as the most important programs and initiatives. Our collection of related sources helps to delve further into the topic.

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Selected Programmes & Institutions
  • Abida – Explores social opportunities and risks of the generation, linking and analysis of huge amounts of data and develops options for political action, research and development. (BMBF)
  • Weizenbaum-Institut for the Networked Society – The institute investigates the current changes in all aspects of society occurring in response to digitalisation. (BMBF)
  • Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) – HIIG is the first German institute that focuses on the relationship between the Internet and society. It researchers the development of digital technologies from a societal perspective.