A photo of Prof. Dr. Ralf Müller-Terpitz, smiling with folded arms, in front of the University of Mannheim, next to the title »Algorithms, transparency and everything will be fine?«, below the Digilog logo and lettering »#meetdigilog«.
Algorithms, transparency and everything will be fine?
Thu, March 25, 2021 5.30 pm – 6 pm CET

Note: Due to technical issues at #meetdigilog on February 25, 2021, this is a repeat event.

Do algorithms reinforce radical opinions? And what is actually behind the so-called filter bubbles? Join us in opening the »black box« of algorithms and explore the question of whether the disclosure of algorithms can be demanded at all!

Algorithms influence our social life in many areas. They can decide whether investors are creditworthy. They decide what information is visible when using social networks such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. In extreme cases, the algorithms reinforce radical opinions and promote so-called filter bubbles, which in turn can pose dangers to the democratic formation of will. 

At the same time, the users of the respective systems and networks are only dimly aware of how the algorithms work. Why the algorithm »spits out« a certain result is usually not apparent. In order to open up this »black box algorithm«, there are increasing calls for »transparency« of algorithms and algorithmic decision-making, most recently even regulated by law for the first time in the State Media Treaty.

But is it at all possible to explain in layman's terms how an algorithm works – or is it merely symbolic legislation? Can the disclosure of algorithms be demanded at all?

Be there live, meet our scientists and share your thoughts and ideas directly in the chat. Get practical tips and exciting knowledge about digitalization!

The event is held in German.

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Prof. Dr. Ralf Müller-Terpitz has held the Chair of Public Law, Law of Economic Regulation and Media at the University of Mannheim since September 2013. His research focuses on media and internet law. Since 2009, he has also been a member of the Commission on Concentration in the Media (KEK; body of the state media authorities in Germany).

Sabine Faller is a research assistant in the department of museum communication at ZKM | Karlsruhe. Her focus is on the conception and implementation of workshops, projects and educational programs in the fields of media art, digital education and online learning – currently for the research project »Digitalization in Dialog – digilog@bw«.

The event is part of the project »digilog@bw – Digitalisierung im Dialog«.

Organization / Institution
ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

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