international first symposium of the internet & society institute at the Humboldt Universtity (Berlin, October 25-28th 2011).

The symposium consists of three elements:

The Inauguration on October 25th at the faculty of law at Humboldt University of Berlin will hold an evening reception and announce the scientific board and the board of trustees. The German Federal Minister of Education and Research, Prof. Dr. Annette Schavan, will open the ceremony. Finally, the directors will announce details about the research approach of the institute, open the institute space for a public view and launch the new website.

The Research Symposium, October 26th and 27th, is a transdisciplinary academic conference which will bring together researchers who are committed to work in the area of Internet and Society. Presentations and workshop discussions follow the leitmotiv to find the most interesting and prudent research questions and will thereby help to set the research agenda and facilitate the emergence of joint projects among internet & society scholars. Different workshops will address questions about Internet governance, global constitutionalism, Internet innovation and information- and media-law. Through these workshops, the symposium will link to already existing research efforts and partnering projects within Germany and on an international level.

The Open Science Forum, on October 28th, provides an innovative platform for academia and different stakeholders from industry, politics and various different civil society interest groups to discuss and work on the real world problems of the information society. It will give an overview of the academic discussion and open the conference space for different transdisciplinary working sessions.