Project Group “Data Sovereignty“

The concept of data sovereignty has had an astounding trajectory. It may even become a guiding paradigm of the digital society. However, there are still considerable uncertainties associated with it. Against this background, the work of the project group aims to explore and scrutinise conceptual and terminological variances and the different contexts of use (including the distinction to related terms such as digital, infrastructure or platform sovereignty). Thus, a clearer notion of data sovereignty will be developed. It will be examined whether and why this concept could represent a response to the challenges of the digital society that is both theoretically sound and practically appropriate. It is also interesting to see which technical and legal solutions (e.g. models of data trusteeship) are available in this field.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. iur. Steffen Augsberg, Justus-Liebig Universität Gießen
Deputy: Prof. Dr. phil. Petra Gehring, Technische Universität Darmstadt


Project Group “Diffusion of Responsibility through Algorithms“

The attribution as well as potential disappearance of personal and institutional responsibility through algorithm-based decision making can be a fundamental problem for society, law, economy, democracy and the state. The project group focuses on the effects of algorithmic decision-making in which a blurring and shifting of responsibility can be observed.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. iur. Indra Spiecker called Döhmann, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main
Deputy: Prof. Dr. phil. Jörn Lamla, Universität Kassel

Pilot project “Research Group RoboTrust”

For several years, anthropomorphic service robots have been used and researched in various sectors – such as retail, gastronomy and banking. RoboTrust focuses on answering the question of how these robots, which are now quite advanced, can be used responsibly, i.e. in the interest and protection of humans. 

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Dr. Ruth Stock-Homburg, Technische Universität Darmstadt


Website of Research Group RoboTrust