About the Conference

The Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society is organizing its sixth Annual Conference on the subject of  “Uncertain journeys into digital futures: Inter- and transdisciplinary research for mitigating wicked societal and environmental problems”. The conference will take place at Silent Green Kulturquartier in Berlin from 17 to 18 June 2024.

The conference focuses on the challenge of the digital transformation of society and the transformation towards sustainability which are closely interlinked and crucial for prospering futures of humanity. The most pressing challenges include the protection of people, democratic institutions and the environment, as well as enabling participation in shaping changes and an inclusive and fair life. In this context, digitalisation is seen as both a saviour and a threat to sustainable development. Possible negative effects on people and the environment need also to be considered when designing and using digital technologies.

About the Weizenbaum Institute

The Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society – The German Internet Institute is a collaborative project from Berlin and Brandenburg funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The aim is to better understand the dynamics, mechanisms and implications of digitalisation.

To this end, the Weizenbaum Institute investigates the ethical, legal, economic and political aspects of digital change. This creates an empirical basis for responsible digitalisation. On the basis of the research findings, action options are developed for government, the economy and civil society, in order to shape the digital transformation in a responsible interdisciplinary manner. Since September 2020, the Weizenbaum-Institut e.V. has been responsible for the administrative coordination of the collaborative project