As internet-based services have become an ever-present part of our daily lives, there has been a structural change that can be observed in various areas of our society. Whether in politics, business, education or science, the development of digital infrastructures is constantly leading to new questions. The Foundation for Internet and Society understands reflection on the tension between internet and society as a prerequisite for bringing about development in the digitisation process, for unleashing potential, but also for recognising risks and proposing solutions. The Foundation for Internet and Society helps to generate the necessary knowledge for this purpose.
The aim of the foundation is to promote an international debate on the social changes with and through the internet, not only from a technological but also from a legal, sociological and economic perspective with a focus on Europe. We give science the freedom to work across disciplinary and institutional boundaries. We believe in unconventional ideas and their potential for exploring the concerns of our networked present and future.
The primary task of the foundation is to support the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), headquartered in Berlin, with ideas and funding. Additionally, the foundation is able to directly conduct its own projects, initiatives and events to achieve the above-mentioned objectives and to support other non-profits.
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The HIIG was awarded by the Stifterverband.