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Research priority "Human | Data | Society"

The digital transformation of the last decades has increasingly turned our society into a data society. Data processes very much shape our social reality, while social reality, in turn, triggers these technical processes. In the context of Human | Data | Society, researchers aim to rethink these processes of datafication and digitalization. The focus is clearly on humans and studying the socio-technical relationships connecting people, data and society.

The research network employs a transdisciplinary approach to examine media-cultural, social, legal, political, psychological and technical aspects of the data society. Our researchers from different fields bring together perspectives from cultural inquiry (including law, sociology and media studies), behavioural science (including psychology and political science), and computer and information science.

A key part of the research priority is the Centre for Human | Data | Society at the University of Konstanz. Another central component is the Collaborative Research Centre SFB-TRR 161 "Quantitative Methods for Visual Computing". Human | Data | Society also benefits from Konstanz's transdisciplinary SFB initiative "Serious Gaming" examining the increasingly blurry boundaries between (digital and analogue) gaming and work, as well as from the interdisciplinary network initiative RuD focusing on the digitalization of law as well as digitalization by law.

In the area of teaching, the research priority dovetails with the "Advanced Data and Information Literacy Track" (ADILT) – a cross-disciplinary programme on data and information literacy for students in Konstanz – as well as the university's interdisciplinary teaching priority on law and digitalization.

Human | Data | Society involves the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
– 03 "Good health and well-being"
– 04 "Quality education"
– 08 "Decent work and economic growth"
– 09 "Industry, innovation and infrastructure"
– 11 "Sustainable cities and communities"
– 16 "Peace, justice and strong institutions"
– 17 "Partnerships for the goals"

Current news

Data Jungle: The Computerization of the Vietnam War and its Remnants

Invitation to the lecture:

Together with the Colloquium Modern History and the Centre for Human | Data | Society, the organizers of the lecture series "Serious Gaming" we are happy to invite you to a lecture by

Dr. Moritz Feichtiger (University of Basel)

on the topic: "Data Jungle: The Computerization of the Vietnam War and its Remnants"

Young Science Poster Prize 2023 won by Dr. Alexandra Windsberger

Dr Alexandra Windsberger, postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Prof. Liane Wörner and the Centre for Human | Data | Society at the University of Konstanz, won the Young Science 2023 poster prize (endowed with 5,000 euros) at the V Interdisciplinary Congress of the Hanns Martin Schleyer Foundation and the Berlin Charité in Berlin with her work on "Justice and efficiency? Human empowerment instead of algorithms and the role of criminal law".

The data of the others: Shadow Profiles

When social networks collect information about people who are not registered with them, this is called a "shadow profile". But how do shadow profiles come about? Are they legal? What do they mean for our society?

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