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April 2019

Using Algorithms and AI in Public Administration

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz is part of the opening round of the discussion series "Data Ethics" of the Representation of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg to the Federal Government. Together with other guests from science and practice, he will discuss the use of algorithms and Al in public administration.
The use of algorithms and systems of artificial intelligence (AI) in control and decision-making processes in public administration raises particular questions. Is the use democratically legitimised? What about the protection of fundamental rights? How are the rule of law and effective judicial protection guaranteed by administrative courts? In the discussion we want to explore these questions and examine how these elementary principles can already be firmly anchored in the design of the systems (rule-of-law-by-design)?


  •     Dr Annette Tabbara, Plenipotentiary of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
  •     Friedrich-Joachim Mehmel, President of the Higher Administrative Court of Hamburg and the Constitutional Court of Hamburg
  •     Christian Pfromm, CDO, Office for IT and Digitisation, Senate Office of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
  •     Lorena Jaume-Palasi, Executive Director "The Ethical Tech Society", co-founder AlgorithmWatch
  •     Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz, Director of the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut, Chair of Media Law, Public Law and Legal Theory, Universität Hamburg
  •     Paul Nemitz, Member of the Data Ethics Commission, Principal Adviser to the EU Commission, Directorate-General Justice and Consumer Protection
  •     Corinna Budras, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Further information and a thesis paper on the subject can be found here (in German).

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Vertretung der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg beim Bund
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10117 Berlin-Mitte

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Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz
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Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung │ Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

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