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Verstehen Sie Krypto !

eFin & Democracy: Citizen Lecture

Summer Semester 2022, Technische Universität Darmstadt

The digital transformation of the financial sector is in full swing, but the associated upheavals for democracy and the future society are not yet publicly tangible. Specialists know their way around – but mainly in individual segments. Impetus is needed to open up a space for discourse that shows relevance. Civil society participation and co-design, indeed only positioning and broader public discussion, require understanding and interdisciplinary exchange. Against this background, we have asked experts to create a knowledge base and to open the discussion.

The lecture series is offered at the Institute of Philosophy of the TU Darmstadt, addresses interdisciplinary registered listeners, but is also intended to be accessible to an interested general public. The sessions will be introduced and moderated by the organizers.

Mondays at 18:00 CEST

Hörsaal S1 03 | 223 (Altes Hauptgebäude) TU Darmstadt

Please send inquiries about the event via e-mail to efin[at]zevedi.de.

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Big questions are:

  • How is digitisation transforming payments methods and the financial sector?
  • What are blockchain, fintech, cryptocurrencies, decentralised financial applications and co. anyway?
  • Which new players define a “digitised” financial world and how would they be sub-jected to state regulation?
  • How are sovereign tasks in the financial sector changing and what will become of the currency – specifically the euro – in European democracy?
  • How can democracies react when the financial world changes as profoundly as it is currently doing?
  • What opportunities are there for citizens to participate in the digital transformation of the financial sector?

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11 AprilDr. Martin Diehl (Deutsche Bundesbank) & Prof. Dr. Petra Gehring (TU Darmstadt)
Das soziale und semiotische Konstrukt „Geld“. Zur Einführung in die Vorlesung | video recording»
25 AprilClaus George (DZ BANK)
Digitalzahlungen – gestern, heute, morgen | video recording»
2 MayProf. Dr. Sebastian Omlor, LL.M. (NYU), LL.M. Eur. (Universität Marburg)
Demokratische Blockchain-Algorithmen: von ‘Code is Law’ zu ‘Law in Code’? | video recording»
9 MayMario Oettler (Hochschule Mittweida)
Wie dezentral sind sog. dezentrale Finanzanwendungen („DeFi“)? | video recording»
23 MayJens Hachmeister (Deutsche Börse)
Digitale Finanzdienstleistungen – Was sind Fintechs? | video recording»
30 MayProf. Hans-Gert Penzel (Universität Regensburg)
Bezahlen mit Daten | video recording»
13 JuneKolja Reichert (Bundeskunsthalle)
Kulturalisierung des Geldes, Finanzialisierung der Kultur. Was NFTs für die Kunst bedeuten | video recording»
20 JuneProf. Dr. Monika Dommann (Universität Zürich)
Wie BTC und ETH in Zug landeten. Konzeptuelle Überlegungen zur historischen und ethnographischen Erforschung von Cryptocurrencies | video recording»
27 JuneProf. Dr. André Alfes (Hochschule Deutsche Bundesbank)
Wem gehört mein Geld? Über „meins“ und „deins“ in der virtuellen Welt | video recording»
4 JulyKatharina Gehra (Immutable Insight)
Warum hat der Digitalfinanzmarkt neue Chancen jenseits der traditionellen Bankingrollen? | video recording»
11 JulyDr. Martin Diehl (Deutsche Bundesbank)
Zentralbanken zwischen strategischer Relevanz, politischer Unabhängigkeit und demokratischer Kontrolle | video recording»
18 JulyPodiumsdiskussion
Der digitale Euro: Pro und Contra
mit Katharina Paust-Bokrezion (Deutsche Bank – Political Affairs) und Marcus Henrik Härtel (Europäische Zentralbank) | video recording»

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Digitaler Euro: Pro und Contra

eFin & Democracy: Panel Discussion

18 July 2022, 18:00 CEST
Technische Universität Darmstadt

At the end of the Citizen Lecture “Verstehen Sie Krypto !” Petra Gehring (TU Darm-stadt/ZEVEDI) discussed the digital euro with Katharina Paust-Bokrezion (Deutsche Bank – Political Affairs) and Marcus Henrik Härtel (European Central Bank – ECB). Its introduction as a means of payment is currently being investigated by the ECB. Härtel reported in detail on the practical challenges of this process, which is still open to decision. In contrast, Paust-Bokrezion emphasized the perspectives of some European commercial banks, which are focused on cross-border payments and are reflected e.g. in the “European Payments Initiative”. Irrespective of the different emphases in detail, both emphasized the outstand-ing monetary importance of the project, especially in times of crisis.

In the discussion with the audience, various rather critical positions were articulated, which also referred to technical aspects of cashless payment with a new means of payment.

The discourse project Democracy Issues of the Digitalised Financial Sector – eFin & Democracy intends to address the need for more information and exchange with further events and communication offerings in the coming years.

Monday, 18 July 2022, 18:00 – 19:30 CEST
TU Darmstadt, S1|03, 223

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Data Sovereignty for Tomorrow

Digital Leaders Roundtable

29 June 2022, Brussels

On the topic of “Data Sovereignty for Tomorrow”, Minister for Europe Lucia Puttrich and Prof. Dr. Kristina Sinemus, Minister for Digital Strategy and Development, invited participants to the Digital Leaders Roundtable at the Representation of the State of Hesse in Brussels on 29 June 2022.

Prof. Dr. Steffen Augsberg and Prof. Dr. Petra Gehring gave impulses for the subsequent panel discussion with their talks on the concept of data sovereignty. The focus was on data sovereignty as a guiding paradigm complementing and modernising data protection for a European way of generating, providing and using data.

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From left to right: Lucrezia Busa (Cabinet Commissioner Reynders) Prof. Dr. Petra Gehring (TU Darmstadt), Prof. Dr. Kristina Sinemus, (Hessian Minister for Digital Strategy and Development), Silke Wettach (Wirtschaftswoche), Axel Voss (Member of the EU Parliament), Ben Brake (Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport), Prof. Dr. jur. Steffen Augsberg (JLU Gießen)

Digital Leaders Roundtable is a series of events organised by the Hessian Digital Minister.

Further information on the event on the website of the State Chancellery of Hesse»

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Autonomie in Zeiten von Verantwortungsdiffusion durch Algorithmen

Interdisciplinary Conference

21 September 2022, 14:00 – 19:00 CEST
Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

The conference “Autonomie in Zeiten von Verantwortungsdiffusion durch Algorithmen” hosted by ZEVEDI project group Diffusion of Responsibility through Algorithms aims to examine normative and social problems with respect to autonomy as well as personal and institutional responsibility under the conditions of algorithm-based decision-making in the realms of state, economy and society. Based on two exemplary fields, phenomena of shifting and blurring responsibility as well as their consequences for individual autonomy will be analyzed and discussed from different perspectives – including panel discussions with participants from academia, civil society and NGOs.

When?

Wednesday, 21 September 2022, 14:00 – 19:00 CEST

Where?

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Abraham Bar Menachem-Hörsaal (HS 5)
Campus Recht und Wirtschaft
Licher Str. 68
35394 Gießen

Registration is not required.

The conference will be held in German.

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Warum Bitcoin?

eFin & Democracy: Public Lecture & Discussion

26 July 2022, Technische Universität Darmstadt

Crypto stocks and their decline on the market have increasingly become the focus of public interest for a few weeks now. Fittingly, the first Mercator Journalist in Residence, Friedemann Brenneis, will present his field of interest with a talk. Among other things, the freelance journalist reports on Bitcoin as a phenomenon between blockchain and crypto culture in his blog The Coinspondent and in the podcast Honigdachs. Bitcoin is a controversial topic even among experts: Some consider it a bubble, a waste or even a scam. Others see it as a new technology, a necessary social development and consider it to be perhaps the most important and influential invention of modern times. This public lecture for interested beginners and advanced learners explains why Bitcoin came into being, why it has not yet disappeared and why we will probably be dealing with it for a long time to come.

The lecture will be held in German.
Please note that masks are required in the rooms of the TU Darmstadt.
Registration is not required.

Tuesday, 26. Juli 2022, 16:00 – 18:00 CEST
TU Darmstadt, Gebäude S1|03, Raum 107

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Qualität Künstlicher Intelligenz: Bewertung, Sicherung, Anwendungsbeispiele

Interdisciplinary Conference

7 July 2022, Congresscentrum Villa Vita, Marburg

The conference “Qualität Künstlicher Intelligenz: Bewertung, Sicherung, Anwendungsbeispiele” hosted by ZEVEDI project group Regulatory theories of Artificial Intelligence aims to examine normative and ethical problems that may arise in assuring the quality of artificially intelligent systems. Basic legal frameworks are analysed and their practical implementation is discussed at various levels. A particular emphasis is placed on quality assurance of AI applications in the financial sector, the challenges of which are investigated from a practical and theoretical perspective.

Thursday, 7 July 2022, 9:00 – 17:00 CEST
Congresscentrum Villa Vita, Marburg

The conference will be held in German.

Registration for participation on-site is open until 5 July 2022. A conference fee will be charged for catering.

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The Philosophy of Data Science: Data Science Governance

Conference

10 and 11 June 2022
online and at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

The conference “The Philosophy of Data Science: Data Science Governance” hosted by the project group Regulatory Theories of Artificial Intelligence brings together researchers from ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of science to discuss questions surrounding the governance of data science.

The guiding question is how to conduct, design and regulate data science for the public good. This topic is explored by looking at a range of different domains and their respective challenges. Which tailor-made solutions might be required and against which legal, moral and epistemic norms and ideals can they be justified?

  • Friday, 10 June 2022, 10:00 – 18:00 CEST
  • Saturday, 11 June 2022, 9:00 – 17:00 CEST

Hybrid event with the possibility of both in-person and online attendance.

Registration closes on 3 June 2022. Please register here».

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Die Normativität nachhaltiger Digitalität

Conference

5 and 6 May 2022, University of Kassel

The interdisciplinary conference “Die Normativität nachhaltiger Digitalität” hosted by the project group Sustainable Intelligence – Intelligent Sustainability is dedicated to the tensions between sustainable development and digitality from a normative perspective that aims at the possibilities and challenges of sustainable digitality. A special focus is on the normativity of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – i.e. the normative images that are hidden in them and explicitly or implicitly transport certain ideas regarding the malleability or transformability of society. Questions of production and consumption, of legal responsibility for innovation and of technical design principles will be addressed.

  • Thursday, 5 May 2022, 14:00 – 18:00 CEST
  • Friday, 6 May 2022, 9:00 – 13:30 CEST
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The conference will be held in German and take place at the Gießhaus of University of Kassel. Registration until 22 April 2022 via iteg[at]uni-kassel.de.

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Regelwerke rund um Künstliche Intelligenz

Regelwerke rund um Künstliche Intelligenz

Workshop, 18 February 2022, 13:00 – 17:00 CET

The workshop “Regelwerke rund um Künstliche Intelligenz” hosted by ZEVEDI project group Regulatory theories of Artificial Intelligence, will deal with two selected regulations at European and supranational level. The regulatory approach of the AI Act of the European Union and the new AI ethics recommendation of UNESCO will be presented by selected experts and subsequently discussed with regard to their particularities compared to other regulatory approaches and the continuing need for action.

The workshop will take place online via Zoom.

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“For whom does this fail?” Bewertungsmaßstäbe von und für Algorithmen

Workshop

24 January 2022, 9:00 – 13:00 CET

The workshop “‘For whom does this fail?’ Bewertungsmaßstäbe von und für Algorithmen”, hosted by ZEVEDI project group Diffusion of Responsibility through Algorithms explores the question of which values algorithmic recommendations are based on and which possibilities are available to subject these foundations to a critical evaluation. Topics are, on the one hand, informatic evaluation standards for the assessment of algorithms, and on the other hand, the development of a digital platform that allows those affected by algorithmic decisions to challenge them. A guiding question will be for whom or in which cases algorithms fail and what can be learned from this about the mode of algorithmic recommendation.

The workshop will take place online via Zoom.

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