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Report: When Machines Decide – Are EU countries prepared?

Systems for automated decision-making are already widely used around Europe. But how algorithms are used and controlled differs widely. In our "Automating Society – Taking Stock of Automated Decision-Making in the EU", AlgorithmWatch and we for the first time assess a wide variety of uses, point to regulatory gaps and suggest better European coordination on the issue.

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Factsheet: Skilled worker migration to Germany is growing

The inflow of refugees has dominated migration to Germany in recent years. However, current data shows that since 2017, immigrants from other EU member states once again outnumber the rest. In addition, the number of skilled workers from non-EU countries arriving in Germany – though still moderate – is growing.

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Study: Monitoring algorithmic systems will need more than the EU’s GDPR

Algorithmic systems evaluate people – which poses risks – for us as individuals, for groups and for society as a whole. It is therefore important that algorithmic processes be auditable. Can the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) help foster this kind of oversight and protect us from the risks inherent to algorithmic decision-making? Answers to these questions and more are provided by Wolfgang Schulz and Stephan Dreyer in an analysis commissioned by the Bertelsmann Stiftung.

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SINGING COMPETITION: NEUE STIMMEN 2019 begins: International singing competition now accepting applications

Young singers from around the world can now submit applications to participate in the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition. Applications will be accepted until March 25, 2019. The jury for the preliminary auditions has been expanded to include Sophie Joyce and Alexander Neef.

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Network meeting of the German-Israeli Young Leaders Exchange: Adventure – A Journey from Success to Significance

The challenges and chances of digitization and migration for economy and society were the focus of this year’s network meeting of the German-Israeli Young Leaders Exchange “Adventure – A Journey from Success to Significance.”

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Publication: The Indian Social Enterprise Landscape – Innovation for an Inclusive Future

With an estimated two million social enterprises, India is one of the most dynamic social entrepreneurship environments globally. Our new study carried out by Intellecap examines the social enterprise landscape and its key stakeholders in India and is aimed to help impact investors fine-tune their sectoral focus and help social entrepreneurs tweak their value propositions.

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Trilogue Salzburg: The majority of citizens dissatisfied with politicians

At the 17th Trilogue Salzburg, renowned personalities from politics, business and arts discussed the competitiveness of liberal democracy in a globalized world. According to a recent poll the majority of citizens in Germany and Austria does not feel represented adequately by their elected politicians.

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Journal Article: Comparing Social Cohesion in Western and Asian Societies

Social cohesion is a topic of increasing importance in a rapidly globalizing world. The coherence of the social fabric has become a key policy goal around the globe – not only in the Western Hemisphere, but also in Asia. A new study based on the findings of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s “Social Cohesion Radar” compares, for the first time, social cohesion in Western and Asian societies.

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Working paper: An Ethics for Algorithmists – Lessons Learned from Effective Professional Ethics

Transparency, fairness and sustainability – these are just a few of the items being called for – also by us – in the creation and use of algorithms.

Those who commission, design and use algorithmic systems – algorithmists – have a responsibility to meet these demands. But what might compel them to fulfill their responsibility? We believe that binding professional ethics can prove effective in this regard.

In our new discussion paper, we take a closer look at the prospects for establishing such ethics. The authors identify ten factors contributing to the success of binding professional ethics in different vocational areas and offer recommendations for applying these practices to the field of algorithm design.

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