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Between Risk and Security: Shaping the Digital Transformation

Lectures & Workshop

Thu, February 15, 2024 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm CET

© ZKM | Karlsruhe
Media Theater

What are the potential risks of digital change, especially artificial intelligence? How much security is even achievable? These questions are currently occupying scientists and the public with new urgency. The ZKM | Center for Art and Media, together with three universities - the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the University of Mannheim and the University of Tübingen - invites you to join the conversation.

Security in the digital space and the resulting trust are a prerequisite for being able to use and expand the opportunities of digitalization. Real dangers and uncertainty can not only jeopardize technical innovation, but also social cohesion. The challenges range from fake news to attacks on technical infrastructure. Cybersecurity was therefore anchored as a central cross-sectional task in the state of Baden-Württemberg's digitalization strategy in 2017.

»Between Risk and Security: Shaping the Digital Transformation« presents a selection of topics for discussion with keynote speeches and group discussions: from the effects of ChatGPT and fake news to IT security and cryptography. Where does science see a need for action, and where does the public? We would like to hear your views.

You are cordially invited to a drink and get-together from 8 pm. You also have the opportunity to visit the exhibition »Digilog N° 3 / But Is It Safe?« in the Digiloglounge of the ZKM free of charge before the event from 4 pm.



18: 00-18:20Welcome and introduction
18: 20-19:00Short Lectures
 Reinhard Heil (KIT | ITAS, Karlsruhe)
AI-generated content as a social challenge
 Jessica Heesen (University of Tübingen)
Artificial Intelligence and New Media. Do they endanger democracy?
 Jörn Müller-Quade (KIT | Kastel)
Making security visible
19:00-19:45Group discussions
 Who decides? The autonomous human and/or the (artificially intelligent) autonomous machine? (Moderation: Michael Decker, KIT)
 How similar is AI to humans? ChatGPT and Co as an opportunity or security risk? (Moderation: Jessica Heesen, University of Tübingen)
 Participation of citizens in research. How do we make participation more accessible and "colorful"? (Moderation: Dana Mahr, KIT | ITAS)
 Digital Citizen Science on Risk and Security in the Digital Transformation (Moderation: Alexander Mädche, KIT, IISM)
 Challenges of IT security - solution levels regional, national, EU, globall (Moderation: Michael Wolfgang Müller, University of Manheim)
20: 00Get-together with drinks

Digitalization in Dialogue - digilog@bw
The evening is part of the digilog@bw project, a research network of Baden-Württemberg universities, research institutions and the ZKM | Karlsruhe, in which more than 50 scientists have been involved since 2019: from the humanities, social sciences, law, economics, media and communication sciences, ethics and computer science, as well as interdisciplinary technology assessment.

Further information
For further information, please contact Marianne Schädler:



Gefördert vom Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg aus Mitteln der Landesdigitalisierungsstrategie digital@bw.

  • Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg

  • University of Tübingen

  • Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT)

  • University of Mannheim


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