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  • E-Learning game: "Lives in Transit" test version

    "Lives in Transit", the E-Learning game developed by DSI Fellow Martin Dusinberre, has launched in beta version. Supported by a major grant in 2017 from the Swiss National Science Foundation, and also with support from UZH's DSI and the Department of History, "Lives in Transit" (LiT) is an interactive, text-based game which simulates the experience of researching and writing global history. 

  • Survey: Help to develop new data tools for UZH researchers

    The Digital Society Initiative of the UZH cordially invites you to participate in a survey regarding your handing of research data. We are interested to learn how you work with data as part of your research efforts, and where you might see difficulties and need for improvement. 

  • New Guide "Digitalize For The Environment"

    Jan Bieser from the Informatics and Sustainability Research Group together with researchers from 7 other institutions has published the guide Digitalize for the environment. It is intended to draw attention to the opportunities and challenges of digitalization for environmental protection and to stimulate discussion.

    Download the guide here.

    Project website and further informations here

  • DSI rooms officially opened!

    Finally in the right place! The Digital Society Initiative has finally moved to Rämistrasse 69. We are happy that after 3 years of provisional work we were able to inaugurate the new premises last week. 

    We would like to thank all those who have supported us over the past years. 

  • CANVAS Results

    The project CANVAS has come to an end. The Advancing value-driven Cybersecurity Project unified technology developers with legal and ethical scholar and social scientists to approach the challenge how cybersecurity can be aligned with European values and fundamental rights.

  • The DSI has moved!

    DSI has a new location and has moved into the new DSI Center at Rämistrasse 69 - directly opposite the UZH main building. We are looking forward to many visits and exciting events in the new premises! See you soon at Rämistrasse 69.

  • UZH Digital Forum on "Data Economy"

    The third UZH Digital Forum dealt with "Data Economy". Data has replaced oil as the world's most valuable resource. In the information age, data is driving growth and change, improving the quality of life and paving the way for fairer and more efficient societies.

  • DSI Director Abraham Bernstein elected Digital Shaper 2019

    "Abraham Bernstein is the digital conscience of the University of Zürich".

    Congratulations from the DSI Team to Abraham Bernstein on being voted Digital Shaper 2019! He was selected by a jury as one of Switzerland's 100 most important minds on the subject of digitalization in the Thinkers category. 

  • Great lecture by Nate Persily at the DSI Lecture Series

    Last Wednesday Nathaniel Persily from Stanford Law School gave the perfect starting signal for the DSI lecture series on "Digital Democracy: How Digital Technology is Changing Democracy". The experienced and much quoted lawyer made it clear in his lecture: Democracy will survive the Internet. At the same time, however, he also spoke about the challenges of his work: "I've been writing a book on this for 5 years, and the topic is changing every 6 months.

    We thank Nathaniel Persily for his brilliant lecture. The next speaker in the DSI lecture series is Rebekah Tromble from George Washington University (US).

  • Successful presentation of the UZH on the 3rd Swiss Digital Day

    Short lecture for everyone - The third Swiss Digital Day took place on 3 September. Two researchers from the Digital Society Initiative, Jasmine Ho and Fabrizio Gilardi, presented their research work on the big stage at the HB Zurich. For those who missed it, you can watch the videos here.

  • The DSI now on Linkedin

    The DSI now has its own Linkedin profile "UZH Digitalization". You are welcome to follow us, like the articles and share the profile with others.

  • Abraham Bernstein works on the basic paper of the Swiss Digital Initiative

    Prof. Dr. Abraham Bernstein from the board of directors of the DSI worked on the basic paper of the Swiss Digital Initiative (SDI). The Swiss Digital Initiative, a commitment to ensuring ethical standards in the digital world, was launched at the beginning of September. At the first summit of the SDI, the policy paper with the focus "Digitalization must always serve people and place them at the center" was discussed. 

  • Successful Science Café at Scientifica

    Many thanks to the DSI researchers Eva Weber-Guskar and Sarah Ebling for the exciting Science Café at Scientifica, the Zurich Science Days on the topic "Can a computer system think?  
    The two researchers discussed the Turing test and its presentation in the film "The Imitation Game" and explained what is misleading about it. Afterwards, they discussed the latest systems at the interface of speech technology and artificial intelligence and explained their capabilities with regard to passing the Turing Test. Well done!

  • DSI member Lorenz Hilty elected member of the University Council of the University of Konstanz

    DSI member Lorenz Hilty is Professor at the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Zurich, where he heads the Computer Science and Sustainability Research Group. The interdisciplinary group is jointly supported by the University of Zurich and Empa. His research and teaching interests include digitization and sustainable development as well as the interaction between computer science, ethics and society.

  • 2nd International Conference Women in Big Data

    Women from academia and industry met on 20 and 21 June 2019 in Zurich for the second workshop “Women in Big Data”

  • Ethical code for data-based value creation presented

    On the occasion of the 6th Swiss Conference on Data Science in Bern on 14 June, the Swiss Alliance for Data-Intensive Services presented an ethical code for data management. The code was drawn up with the significant cooperation of DSI experts and is now being publicly consulted.

  • Literature on "Blockchain and Democracy" available

    Based on the selection of publications by DSI fellow Gianluca Miscione and his own doctoral thesis, Jörn Erbguth (University of Geneva) has conducted a literature research on "Blockchain and Democracy".

  • Summer School Spatial and Digital Epidemiology 2019 in August

    The 11th International Summer School Spatial and Digital Epidemiology 2019 will take place from 5 to 9 August 2019.

  • DSI Fellowship-Program

    The DSI has already welcomed 26 researchers as Fellows to its premises at Rämistrasse 66. Now the DSI Fellowship Program is entering its next round.

  • Annual Report 2018 presents digitalization at the UZH

    The University's Annual Report for 2018 has just been published. In addition to the current statistics on student and staff numbers and the latest financial figures, highlights from research, teaching and campus life are presented. One of the topics explored in more depth is digitalization and how UZH is stepping up to the challenges of digital change.

  • UZH Digital Forum: Successful guest lecture by UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston

    Artificial intelligence is constantly evolving, it is in the process of drastically changing all of our lives. Human rights form a suitable normative framework for the regulation of artificial intelligence, as UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston emphasized in his guest lecture at the UZH at the UZH Digital Forum.

  • Navigation Journal Club

    The Navigation Journal Club is an open weekly meeting of the Geographic Information Visualization and Analysis (GIVA) group at the University of Zurich. Interested researchers and students from other departments/universities are welcome to join! 

  • A boost for digitalization

    A pioneering project: The DIZH digitalization initiative of the Canton of Zurich’s institutions of higher education will strengthen the University of Zurich and its partners. Around three dozen new professorships are to be created at UZH, 20 of them assistant professorships.

  • New podcast series of the ITSL and DSI

    The Breakfast of Ideas podcast is a podcast series of the Center for Information Technology, Society, and Law (ITSL) and the Digital Society Initiative at the University of Zurich.

  • New at DSI: "Women in Big Data"

    The SNSF project Women in Big Data has been part of the Digital Society Initiative since March 2019.

  • New podcast series of the Digital History Lab

    "15past15 is a new podcast which discusses how the past is made, and by whom.