• senseBox (University of Münster): The University of Münster has developed the senseBox, a do-it-yourself kit for stationary and mobile sensor stations – a citizen science toolkit. Citizens with a senseBox: home can use the technology for their own local research to collect environmental data or contribute it to the openSenseMap sensor network, a platform of open sensor data running on AWS. There are currently over 1 billion measurements available to download and analyze. The senseBox: edu offers schools and young scientists an experiment box with didactic
    didactic concepts, instructions and project ideas, to help users set up and code their own environmental their own environmental measuring station.
  • Sensor Bikes (re:edu): For many, the bicycle is the most important means of urban transportation of the future. It is sustainable, space-saving and healthy. But cobblestones, narrow cycle paths, jostling cars and stuffy exhaust fumes can really spoil the fun of cycling. To investigate how safe Berlin’s streets are for cyclists, the start-up re:edu and Futurium have developed the citizen science project SensorBikes. Berliners build mobile sensors for their bikes, collect important environmental and traffic data while cycling and make it available to the public.
  • ECO:DIGIT (adesso SE, Siemens, der Open Source Business Alliance (OSBA), dem Öko-Institut und der Gesellschaft für Informatik): ECO: DIGIT is a collaborative project involving adesso SE, Siemens, the Open Source Business Alliance (OSBA), the Öko-Institute, and the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI). Its aim is to develop an automated assessment environment (test bench) that provides transparent metrics and data on resource consumption and CO2e emissions of software applications. This includes the development of an assessment method to identify significant environmental impacts and define suitable indicators for their measurement. These indicators include, for example, the power consumption of the working environment, the use of hardware resources, and other factors such as the quantity of raw materials and chemicals used in hardware manufacturing. The developed methods are intended to make the environmental impacts of various contemporary software applications in operation comparable in the four deployment scenarios: cloud platforms, mobile networks, mobile devices, and edge computing.
  • Open universal environmental sensor station (FifF): With our project, we want to strengthen civil society activities. The participation of citizens in the observation, recording and evaluation of the parameters of our living environment promotes environmental awareness and responsibility, imparts knowledge about the environment and technology and paves the way for informed political
    political commitment. In many cases, such initiatives have already pre-empted official measures and accelerated political action or even initiated it in the first place.
  • Welcome by the board of directors (Christoph Neuberger)
  • Video greetings by the Federal Minister of Education and Research Bettina Stark-Watzinger
  • Greetings by State Secretary for Science and Research at Senate for Science, Health, Care and Equality Henry Marx
  • Introduction to the conference by the program chairs (Thomas Kox, André Ullrich and Herbert Zech)

All posters will be shown in Studio 1 and Studio 2.

  • “Citizen Participation in the United Arab Emirates’ National AI Strategy: a discourse analysis” – Mennatullah Hendawy (Ain Shams University Cairo and Centre for Advanced Internet Studies Bochum)
  • “Digital technology for people” – Marc Steen (TNO)
  • “Generative AI and the change of knowledge work” – Anne K. Krüger (Weizenbaum Institute), Jennifer Haase (Weizenbaum Institute), Florian Butollo (Weizenbaum Institute) and Ann Katzinski (Weizenbaum Institute)
  • “The User Experience of Data Donation: An Experiment in Making Data Governance Tangible with Design” – Ame Elliott (Superbloom)
  • “From Theory to Practice: Transdisciplinary Learning Environments and the Role of Practice-based Design Research” – Ines Weigand (Weizenbaum Institute / University of the Arts
  • “Can civic data be counterdata and open data? Exploring the limits of data, contestation and governance” – Yuya Shibuya (University of Tokyo), Seyi Olojo (University of California, Berkeley), Andrea Hamm (Weizenbaum Institute), Radhika Krishnan (International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad) and Teresa Cerratto Pargman (Stockholm University)

Authors: Lubna Rashid (TU Berlin), Jordana Composto (Princeton University) and Elke Weber (Princeton University)

Abstract: Addressing the interconnected challenges of digital futures and environmental pressures necessitates a deep understanding of human decision-making and the factors that influence sustainable behavioral change and adaptation. This study examines the drivers of pro-environmental attitudes (PEAs) and behaviors (PEBs) among German workers in sectors with substantial environmental impacts, such as digital technology, mobility, and manufacturing, recognizing their critical role as shapers of workplace values, visions, and actions. Analyzing survey responses from 297 workers using linear regression modeling, we find varying and nuanced impacts of personal convictions, experiences, wellbeing, entrepreneurialism, and perceptions of social norms and organizational support on PEAs and various PEBs. Our results highlight the importance of purpose, leadership, emotional resilience, and inclusion in fostering a shift towards environmentally conscious practices. This research aims to guide workers, managers, and policymakers in designing workplaces that promote, rather than hinder, ecological sustainability amidst evolving work structures.

Authors: Bonny Brandenburger (Weizenbaum Institute), Andrea Hamm (Weizenbaum  Institute), Caroline Krohn (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Nachhaltige Digitalisierung), Felix Sühlmann-Faul (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Nachhaltige Digitalisierung), Manuel Atug (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Nachhaltige Digitalisierung), Nicole Döpp (Amt Süderbrarup) and André Ullrich (Weizenbaum Institute)

Abstract: Advancing digital transformation in society creates a wide range of opportunities for improved access to information and services that contribute to ensuring public services and the development of sustainable living spaces. This underlying potential does not only apply to urban areas. Digitalization projects are also being implemented in rural municipalities in order to exploit the potentials of digital transformation. Nonetheless the field of so-called smart regions has been less researched so far. For understanding specific challenges and enabling factors of the digital transformation activities in urban-rural areas, a workshop with municipal representatives of a model region in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, was organized. Therein, specific technical, economic and social challenges as well as enabling factors of municipal digitalization projects for developing a smart region were identified. The results show that the success of digital transformation measures in urban-rural areas is not only determined by the expansion of a corresponding technical infrastructure, but in particular by the acceptance of citizens and municipality employees as well as economic viability. This research further informs municipalities and research on critical aspects to effectively conducting digitalization project in smart region context.

Authors: Paula Scharf (Re:edu), Benjamin Karic (University of Münster), Luca Hesse (University of Münster) and Thomas Bartoschek (Re:edu)

Abstract: Cycling plays a key role in a push towards more environmentally friendly forms of mobility and ensuring the safety of cyclists is crucial for motivating more people to choose the bike as their form of transportation. The still car-centred infrastructure calls for innovative methods to enforce a bike-safe environment. Despite the legal requirement of a minimum overtaking distance of 1.5 metres between cars and bicycles, in practice compliance is often inadequate. In this work, we propose and prototype a mobile, low-cost and low-energy system that lets cyclists monitor the occurrence of dangerously close takeovers. This system employs a Time-of-Flight sensor which measures distances in an 8×8 pixel matrix and detects dangerous takeovers using tiny machine learning models. Included in citizen science campaigns the collected data can be used for urban mobility planning and safety strategies.

Author: Tina Comes (TU Delft)

Abstract: Migration and human mobility are among the most prominent uncertainties for policy-making. The increasing number of refugees globally necessitates effective planning and management of their settlements, particularly in addressing infrastructure needs, such as access to healthcare. While initial efforts to accommodate a surge of refugees prioritise meeting primary needs, enhancing structural facilities becomes imperative over time. However, the path-dependent nature of expansion of refugee settlements and dense populations pose challenges for infrastructure improvement. Existing facility location models overlook the complex and adaptive nature and the interplay of infrastructure and human behaviour as a key uncertainty. This paper presents a case study on the interplay between settling preferences of refugees and the location of healthcare facilities as a vital infrastructure. We develop a data-based approach that combines an agent-based model analysing decision behaviour with facility location optimisation models. Through a case study of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, home to over 1 million Rohingya refugees, we demonstrate the implications of different optimisation approaches for expanding refugee camps and thereby explore how and in how far digital technology can support policy making on one of the most contested and uncertain topics in the current policy landscape. Our findings underscore the importance of integrating human behaviour in infrastructure decisions.

Authors: Christian Herzog (University of Lübeck), Daniela Zetti (University of Lübeck) and Robin Preiß (University of Lübeck)

Abstract: In this article, we discuss discourses of digital sovereignty, i.e., discourses that can be seen as basic for democratic negotiation and participation in public and private organizations. We argue that the concept of digital sovereignty can be understood as an ill-structured problem (ISP). The ISP describes a problem that cannot be structured formally but can be only worked through in processes, thereby developing gradually into a well-structured problem. Digital sovereignty is often conceived either as an individual problem or as a collective, (inter-)national problem. Can digital sovereignty be transformed into a well-structured problem at all? Do we observe ongoing re-iterations of a detached discourse? What do we learn from a critical analysis of the digital sovereignty discourse about a) the ways notions of the individual and the collective are shaped and b) about ISP as a timely analytical term that helps to enhance our understanding of problems that are shaped by the conditions of digital societies?

Authors: Christoph Bieber, Mennatullah Hendawy, Jana Baum,  Anouk Cenan, Niklas Frechen, Anne Goldmann, Pauline Heger (Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS))

Abstract: The promising vision of Smart Cities has been the driver for many projects, plans, and funding schemes across the globe within the last decade. While making cities “smarter” has always involved some form of digital innovation in urban spaces, the term has remained open to interpretation. Having spent several years researching Smart City plans and their actual (non-)implementation, we propose that the concept of Smart Cities does not seem useful in practice, as comprehensive urban administration systems are not being established. We present observations to illustrate that we may be entering a “Post-Smart City era” as the crucial aspects of both “smart” and “city” have become quite relative. Finally, we give some perspectives as to what this new era might entail.

Panelists:  Sandra Wachter (Oxford Internet Institute), Jeremias Adams-Prassl (University of Oxford), danah boyd (Microsoft Research & Georgetown), Brent Mittelstadt (Oxford Internet Institute)

Moderation: Philipp Hacker (European New School of Digital Studies)

Abstract: This panel explores varieties of sustainability in artificial intelligence. It examines critical areas such as climate impact, workplace exploitation, and click work, exploring the ethical, environmental, and social implications of AI technologies. The discussion aims to identify potential trade-offs and supporting elements between these dimensions, offering a comprehensive understanding of how various types of sustainable practices can be integrated into AI development and deployment. Through this discussion, the panel seeks to contribute to the ongoing discourse on creating AI systems that are not only technologically advanced but also socially responsible and environmentally sustainable.

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