Objectives of the Munich Center for Internet Research
On December 1, 2015 the Munich Center for Internet Research commenced operations as a new research center of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. The center carries out extensive scientific research on societal changes that go along with the digitization and the internet and will give guidance on how to shape these developments successfully. For example, studies are already underway that examine how the use of cloud computing transforms digital working environments or who is responsible for actions of autonomous, smart robots.
Interdisciplinary, practice-oriented research on the internet and society
The new institute considers itself an interdisciplinary initiator of communication between different scientific disciplines and industries involved in digitization. The institute brings together, for example, economic, technical, social-scientific and legal perspectives in order to develop a holistic understanding of digitization and offer appropriate solutions for society. The institute also acts as a “think tank” for industry and society. Pressing questions are taken up from industry and society and the institute will provide advice to political and societal actors on these issues. Its objective is the development of an orientation framework that helps to successfully shape the societal change that is associated with the digitization.
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