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Swiss Green Economy Symposium (SGES) Innovation Forum “Smart Cities – Brilliant Ideas for Smart Sustainable City Developments” in Winterthur, 3rd September 2021

Participate to the Win.Lab Co-Creation Innovation Workshop and develop wanted Decarbonisation Ideas in a Design Thinking process in Public Private People Partnerships to be posted on the HYPE platform, which might be awarded with Seed Money to further develop the selected Ideas.

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Parldigi MasterClass 2021

The Parldigi MasterClass is a series of events for parliamentarians consisting of three thematic modules and a concluding discussion event on a current political topic. Renowned researchers from the Universities of Zurich and Geneva as well as EPFL and ETHZ will present and discuss the latest scientific findings on the topics of artificial intelligence, cyber security and the Internet of the future. The continuing education morning will take place on Monday at the beginning of all four sessions in 2021 at the Federal Palace.

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DIZH funds ten innovation projects

Develop and implement innovative solutions to the challenges of digital transformation: This is the goal of the ten projects approved by the innovation program of the Digitalization Initiative of Zurich Higher Education Institutions (DIZH). With four million Swiss francs, the canton and the universities are promoting close collaboration between research and practice in areas such as health, education and sustainability.

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Automated Decision-Making Systems in the Public Sector: An Impact Assessment Tool for Public Authorities

AlgorithmWatch Switzerland and AlgorithmWatch have published the new paper “Automated Decision-Making Systems in the Public Sector: An Impact Assessment Tool for Public Authorities”. The publication was written by DSI team member Michele Loi in collaboration with Anna Mätzener, Angela Müller, and Matthias Spielkamp.

With the tool, the authors aim to contribute to the discussion around impact assessment of ADM systems by providing a concrete proposal on how ethical principles can be operationalized in the context of such an assessment. The checklists they have developed for this purpose are directly applicable as a tool for public authorities.

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DSI/DIZH Data Donation Lab

The DSI/DIZH Data Donation Lab was initiated to promote and facilitate research with data gathered through data donations – a relatively new methodological approach. Data donation refers to the active consent of an individual user to donate her or his personal digital trace data for research purposes. 

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Prevalence of Hate Speech on Twitter in Switzerland and Strategies to Counter It

The new project financed by BAKOM combines natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning with civil society engagement to analyse the prevalence of online hate speech on Twitter in Switzerland and to identify effective strategies to counter it. The project is a collaboration between alliance F (Federation of Swiss Women’s Associations), the Digital Democracy Lab (UZH) and the Immigration Policy Lab (ETH).

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