Call for Papers

Hereby the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society announces the annual colloquium held in Berlin, 24 September 2015. We wish to gather early stage researchers (Ph.D. candidates and post-docs) from all disciplines in order to drive forward the discussion on topics in the field of Internet research. The colloquium provides a stage for new perspectives on current issues of Internet and society.

This year’s colloquium will consist of 5 thematically focused tracks. We cordially invite you to submit your research projects on one of the following topics:


  • Research And Knowledge in a Digital Age
    The Internet offers fundamentally new premises for how knowledge is created and disseminated. Research in particular is facing massive changes in the way it produces and conveys knowledge. Scientific blogs allow communicating at a faster pace, data sharing platforms enable collaboration at an intermediate stage in the research process, and new models of participation, as for example citizen science, allow volunteers to take part in the discovery process. » MORE

  • Internet and public governance
    The use of the Internet in public services is gaining more and more attention. We therefore want to discuss structural repercussions the Internet has on fundamental ordering principles as well as on the general functions of public administrations and state institutions as regards the provision of public goods, tasks and outreach. The focus of this workshop lies less on how these technologies are rolled-out but rather on the impact and challenges these developments have on state actors and specific public governance areas.» MORE

  • Interdisciplinary Research on Information Privacy, Surveillance, and Data Protection
    Facing the inherent complexity of information privacy and the growing interdependence between social, legal, economic, and technological aspects of privacy in the Internet age, research on information privacy, surveillance, and data protection is depending more and more on interdisciplinary cooperation. But interdisciplinarity is posing major scientific challenges in itself. How can we create a mutual understanding between social, legal, economic, and technical sciences? What are the assumptions, scopes, and limits of theories of information privacy, surveillance and data protection, and how can we make them transparent to researchers from different disciplines? » MORE

  • Algorithmic Governance
    Data and algorithms seem to organise and structure our communications, our purchases and financial trades, our mobility and our risk evaluations – in short: our lives in a digital society. While this governance by algorithms is increasingly getting public attention, rigorous empirical research is still scarce and fragmented. What happens when existing rules and practices are translated into computable decisions systems? What are the normative evaluations and business interests that shape the creation of these algorithms? » MORE

  • Digital Communication and Value Creation between Companies and the Crowd
    Given the need to become more malleable and meet the demands of the business environment of the so-called network information economy companies seek renewed organisation models particularly in the relationship with internet users. Companies are no longer players that have a linear and unidirectional dialogue with the consumer, but are part of a decentralised and complex information ecosystem with multiple players. The connected consumer requires other marketing and communication strategies. » MORE

Participant Guidelines

You can apply for two types of participation at the colloquium:

Paper presentation

Please feel invited to submit theoretical, practical or experimental research work. We kindly ask you to follow these submission guidelines:

  • An abstract outlining the relevance of the topic, the research method and questions. Max. 300 words/1800 characters with spaces (possibly printed in the programme)
  • A short paper providing more detailed information about your research. 2 to max. 8 pages; File type: PDF
  • Short CV. Max. 2 pages; File type: PDF
Selected papers will be considered for publication in the Internet Policy Review, an open-access, short-form, fast-track academic journal published by the HIIG

Participation only

Please state, why you would like to join the discussion and briefly describe your research or working background:

  • A short statement outlining your personal motivation, your connection to the topic and your working background. Max. 300 words/1800 characters with spaces (possibly printed in the programme)
  • Optional: Articles or papers that may underline your motivation or tell us more about your background. More documents possible. Possible file types: PDF, PNG or JPG
  • Optional: Short CV. Max. 2 pages; File type: PDF

The submission process closes on 15 June 2015. Please note that you need to register in order to submit a proposal.

Background information:

  • The official language of the event is English
  • All paper submissions will be reviewed by 2 researchers,
  • A selection of submissions will be chosen for the workshops.

Submissions for this conference were closed on 22 Jun 15.