Earlier this year, the Baden-Württemberg consortium for a German internet institute coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) made it into the final round of the competition together with four other renowned science regions. Today, the decision was made in favor of the consortium from Berlin. However, the KIT-coordinated consortium of institutions from Baden-Württemberg, namely, the University of Mannheim, FZI Research Center for Information Technology, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) of Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS), Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM, Leibniz Institute for Knowledge Media), Center for European Economic Research (ZEW), and the Center for Art and Media (ZKM), Karlsruhe, plans to use of the synergies resulting from the application procedure and to continue cooperation. In line with the state’s digitization strategy, it has decided to study impacts of digital change on society. The state government has already promised support.
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