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Digital society
Digitization and the effects on us and social life

Digital society© Goethe-Institut Hanoi


In cooperation with

Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft (HIIG) © HIIG Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb) © bpb
The Federal Agency for Civic Education supports all interested citizens in dealing with questions about social development. Its task is to promote understanding for political issues, to consolidate democratic awareness and to strengthen the willingness to participate politically.

It is a partner in the lectures series Making Sense of the Digital Society. This series of speeches gives leading European intellectuals the opportunity to present key concepts of the digital society in order to better understand the complex present and the uncertain future.
The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) was founded in 2011 to research the development of the internet from a societal perspective and better understand the digitalisation of all spheres of life. As the first institute in Germany with a focus on internet and society, HIIG has established an understanding that centres on the deep interconnectedness of digital innovations and societal processes. The development of technology reflects norms, values and networks of interests, and conversely, technologies, once established, influence social values.
To understand current social and technological change, we need explanations that help shape our future. Within the framework of the lecture series „Making Sense of the Digital Society", visionary experts share their perspective on the digital society of our time. They address fundamental questions: What could a European perspective on the current transformation process look like? What is the meaning of power and how is it distributed? And what role do digital technologies play in this?

Education Partners in Vietnam

SocialLife © SocialLife
Social Life Research Institute is an independent organization with a network of experts researching and teaching in the field of social sciences and humanities. The institute's expertise is researching on contemporary Vietnamese social life and the application of scientific knowledge to solve practical and developmental problems of social life (research, social surveys, policy advocacy, social prediction, etc.) to promote social progress in Vietnam.

About the project

Lectures and Discussion about the effects of digitization on us and the world around us. The current rapid social and technological and social change brings about enormous uncertainties – a great need for explanations and sense-making but also of shaping our common future. This high-profile lecture series thrives to develop a European-Vietnamese perspective on the processes of transformation that our societies are currently undergoing.

What is changing in society? What is power in the digital society, and how is it distributed? Is there more democracy through increased participation and transparency? Or less privacy protection and more surveillance and fragmentation of social life? Are services fuelled by algorithms and artificial intelligence improving our private and business lives, or do they enforce social inequalities? How does urban life change in times of digitization, what role do infrastructures take?

This series has been produced by the Alexander von Humboldt INSTITUTE FOR INTERNET & SOCIETY (HIIG) and the German Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb). Its adaption for Vietnamese audiences wants to serve as source for information, inspiration and discussion.

Lectures and discussions

All discussions
Digitalisation and society of singularities © Goethe-Institut Hanoi DIGITIZATION AND SOCIETY OF SINGULARITIES
11.12.2020, 7 pm.

Live at the Goethe-Institut Hanoi and Online via Zoom
Surveillance Capitalism and Democracy © Goethe-Institut Hanoi SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM AND DEMOCRACY
06.11.2020, 7 pm.

Live at the Goethe-Institut Hanoi and Online via Zoom


  • Nguyen Thu Giang Photo: © Nguyen Thu Giang
    Nguyen Thu Giang
  • Phung Duc Tung Photo: © Phung Duc Tung
    Phung Duc Tung
  • Nguyen Thi Thuy Hang © Nguyen Thi Thuy Hang
    Nguyen Thi Thuy Hang
  • Pham Khanh Nam © Pham Khanh Nam
    Pham Khanh Nam
  • Nguyen Vu Hao © Nguyen Vu Hao
    Nguyen Vu Hao
  • Ho Tu Bao © vepr.org.vn
    Ho Tu Bao
  • Tran Huu Quang © Tran Huu Quang
    Tran Huu Quang

To guest

  • Shoshana Zuboff - Überwachungskapitalismus und Demokratie Fotos: © Falling Walls Foundation
    Shoshana Zuboff
  • Andreas Reckwitz Photo: © Jürgen Bauer
    Andreas Reckwitz
  • Armin Nassehi Photo: © Hans-Günther Kaufmann
    Armin Nassehi
  • Christoph Neuberger Photo: © Weizenbaum-Institut | Kay Herschelmann
    Christoph Neuberger
  • Joanna Bryson Photo: © Wouter van Vooren
    Joanna Bryson


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