Advance notice calls for proposals

Two calls for proposals will be launched at the start of the Fall Semester 2021: Call for rapid action proposals and call for proposals for ecosystem creation. Further Information can be found in the advance notice.

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… Read More »Parldigi MasterClass 2021

Call for Papers: Digital Democracy Workshop

Date: 28. & 29. October 2021 The Digital Democracy workshop is co-organized by the Democracy Community of the Digital Society Initiative (DSI) and the Digital Democracy Lab (DigDemLab) at the University of Zurich. It aims to facilitate exchange among scholars from different substantive fields working on these topics.  The deadline to submit paper abstracts for the workshop is August 15, 2021. Find the submission page here. Acceptance notifications will be sent by August 31, 2021.  Registration for non-paper presenters… Read More »Call for Papers: Digital Democracy Workshop

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. Four million francs were to be awarded, and 52 project… Read More »DIZH funds ten innovation projects

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.  The Lab is founded by the DIZH Infrastructure and Lab Call and has two main goals: First, provide an infrastructure to collect digital trace data through data… Read More »DSI/DIZH Data Donation Lab

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). This project seeks first to carefully analyse the prevalence of hate speech and… Read More »Prevalence of Hate Speech on Twitter in Switzerland and Strategies to Counter It