Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society

The Weizenbaum Institute researches the interaction of digitalisation and society in an interdisciplinary and fundamental way. The aim is to better understand the mechanisms, the modes of operation, and the effects of and options for shaping digitalisation and to proactively conceptualize the digital transformation in line with fundamental democratic principles. Based on the research findings, policy and strategy options will be developed for politics, business, and civil society in order to shape digital change responsibly.

The Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society has been funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Funding of up to 50 million euros will be provided for the first five years. The consortium is coordinated by the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and includes the four Berlin universities – Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Universität der Künste Berlin – as well as the Universität Potsdam and the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS).

The institute is named after the computer scientist Joseph Weizenbaum, who was born in Berlin in 1923 and passed away in 2008. His entire life’s work was concerned with the socio-critical dialogue between man and machine.