114 Works

Varieties of platform work. Platforms and social inequality in Germany and the United States

Martin Krzywdzinski & Christine Gerber
Weizenbaum Series

Proceedings of the Weizenbaum Conference 2019: Challenges of Digital Inequality - Digital Education, Digital Work, Digital Life

Proceedings of the Weizenbaum Conference

The Selective Catalyst: Internet use as a mediator of citizenship norms’ effects on political participation

Laura Leißner, António Valentim, Pablo Porten-Chée & Martin Emmer
We test the mediating effect of media use on the effects of citizenship norms – shared ideas of what a good citizen is – on political participation. We do so by comparing France and Finland, two countries with distinct media trust levels. Results support the notion that Internet use works as a selective catalyst of political participation, as it is enhanced merely by engaged citizenship norms but not by dutiful citizenship norms. Within the nexus...

Die Regulierung Künstlicher Intelligenz - Neuer Rechtsrahmen für Algorithmische Entscheidungssysteme?

Ferdinand Müller, Martin Schüßler & Elsa Kirchner
Weizenbaum Series

Media Bias Towards African-americans Before and After the Charlottesville Rally

Julia C. Leschke & Carsten Schwemmer
African-Americans are still experiencing racial discrimination rooted in structural bias in US American society. Research has shown that this behaviour can be reduced if individuals are made conscious of their bias, but little is known about these mechanisms on a societal level. Envisaging the white-supremacist Charlottesville rally in 2017 as an event that rendered American society conscious of its racism, we scrutinise whether racial bias in the digital media has changed, comparing levels of pre-...

The Fairwork Foundation: Strategies for Improving Platform Work

Mark Graham, Jamie Woodcock, Richard Heeks, Sandra Fredman, Darcy Du Toit, Jean-Paul Van Belle, Paul Mungai & Abigail Osiki
This paper introduces the Fairwork Foundation, a research initiative that is also developing an intervention around the quality of work on digital labour platforms. Lacking the ability to collectively bargain, many of these workers have little ability to negotiate wages or working conditions with their employers who are often on the other side of the world. As a result of this new global market for work, many workers have jobs characterized by long and irregular...

Opening up and Sharing Data from Qualitative Research: A Primer

Isabel Steinhardt, Caroline Fischer, Maximilian Heimstädt, Simon David Hirsbrunner, Dilek İkiz-Akıncı, Lisa Kressin, Susanne Kretzer, Andreas Möllenkamp, Maike Porzelt, Rima-Maria Rahal, Sonja Schimmler, René Wilke & Hannes Wünsche

Skill Development on the Shop Floor - Heading to a Digital Divide?

Kathleen Warnhoff & Patricia De Paiva Lareiro
In recent years, there has been a huge debate on how modern sensor technology and the increasing connectivity of production systems have changed industrial production processes and working conditions. This article contributes to the discussion on the effects of digitalization on skill development under different working conditions with the following question: How has learning in the work-process changed with the introduction of data-based technologies? To examine the interaction between digital assistance systems and organizational parameters...

Digital Public Activism and the Redefinition of Citizenship

Sangeeta Mahapatra & Kiran Garimella

The Right to Work and Finding Work: the Inaccessibility of Private and Public Sector Career Portals

Thomas Otter & Thorsten Schwarz
The right to participation in society for people with disabilities is relatively well established in national and international law and convention (UNCRPD), and increasingly in social norms. These rights include the right to work. The majority of job opportunities today are advertised and applied for almost exclusively online in digital form. In late 2017 we performed both automated testing of career sites against WCAG 2.0 and BITV standards and a multi-day detailed laboratory observation of...

Exploration into Qualification Transformation of Employees Working with Decision-support-systems

Judith Junker
The introduction of new information and communication technology (ICT) in the company is often associated with the need for new qualifications and skills as well as different fields of activity and responsibility for the employees. Studies have shown a skill-biased digital divide in certain fields of ICT. In this study, trend scenarios of qualification requirements of workers using decision-support-systems (DSS) were evaluated in four different sectors: civil protection, energy management, plant maintenance, hospital- and operating...

The Weizenbaum Journal of the Digital Society: Editorial

Martin Emmer, Hanna Krasnova, Martin Krzywdzinski, Axel Metzger, Sonja Schimmler, Lena Ulbricht & Christoph Neuberger

Weizenbaum Report 2021

Martin Emmer, Laura Leißner, Christian Strippel, Pablo Porten-Cheé & Nadja Schaetz

Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the New Digital Era

Jonathan P. Allen
The intensive digitization of society has coincided with rising economic inequality across the developed economies. Missing from the standard list of policy responses to rising inequality is the role of innovation and entrepreneurship. This paper argues that new digital business models, that capture value differently and share the wealth created more broadly, will be a necessary part of addressing technology-based inequality. This in turn will require more support for inclusive innovation and entrepreneurship, which will...

Leitlinien zur Begleitung von Doktorand:innen am Weizenbaum-Institut für die vernetzte Gesellschaft

Leitbild für Doktorand:innen am Weizenbaum-Institut für die vernetzte Gesellschaft

Team Collaboration and Productivity

Martin Krzywdzinski
The shift to remote work poses particular challenges for teamwork. It makes spontaneous and informal communication more difficult and may weaken social relations in teams. This study based on an online survey of 1,516 individuals who worked from home during the COVID-19 pandemic examines the functioning of teamwork in remote-work contexts and attempts to answer the following questions: (1) What organizational and technical working conditions influence working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic? (2) How...

A Digital Euro for the EU

Martin Florian & Ingolf G.A. Pernice

Access and benefit-sharing on digital sequence information

Irma Klünker

Coordinating Digital Transformation

Sidney Rothstein
This article introduces the concept of the “discursive context of production” in order to explain how the transition to the knowledge economy affects working conditions. Past episodes of economic adjustment saw national institutions in corporatist countries protect working conditions by facilitating coordination between employers and workers in the workplace. Where workers had the capacity to enforce these institutions, they succeeded, for instance, in defending against mass layoffs. Digital transformation, however, has led managers to adopt...

Following the Beaten Track?

Wolf Schünemann, Tim König & Rolf Nijmeijer
Information operations, which are considered part of information warfare, feature prominently in contemporary debates on the quality of democracy, international relations, and the national security of highly connected democracies. However, the vectors of attack and success conditions for information warfare remain unclear, as well as the strategic motivations of malevolent actors. Alarmist voices in public debate and scholarly discourse often build their assumptions on atomistic and individualistic misconceptions of knowledge. In this paper, we introduce...

Content Moderation and the Quest for Democratic Legitimacy

Laura Fichtner
The paper analyzes the public controversy incited by the introduction of the Network Enforcement Act (NetzDG) in Germany. This law obliges social media platforms to delete unlawful content from their sites and has received international attention as a regulatory blueprint for governing corporate content moderation. The paper describes different ways in which NetzDG was framed in German media reporting, which offered distinct assessments of whether the new law endangered or supported democratic principles and values....

Risiken Digitaler Systeme: Robotik, Lernfähigkeit und Vernetzung als aktuelle Herausforderungen für das Recht

Herbert Zech
Weizenbaum Series

Resilience of Public Spheres in a Global Health Crisis

Hans-Jörg Trenz, Annett Heft, Michael Vaughan & Barbara Pfetsch
Weizenbaum Series

For Health of The Nation, Unite Online

Magdalena Góralska

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