Journalist*innenpreis 2020 – call for entries of the research network surveillance-studies.Org

Artificial intelligence … Does this or that or something else entirely. This is how one can summarize both the reporting on the subject of ai and the successes that are reported again and again. What is clear above all is that after algorithms, the topic of ai is at the center of interest, and thus at the center of many discussions about surveillance and control.

But what beyond the hype about a term is actually behind it?? What more is ai than just algorithms, big data and a technical hope?? The solution to problems or the cause of new ones? And what are the links to surveillance and control that go beyond data collection??

These are not simple ies, however, but highly complex ones that demand more than ever informed, critical, and nuanced reporting. For a long time, it has been about more than just being glazed or filmed. It is about how power and domination are organized and controlled in a digital future. Autonomous technical environments, smart worlds, the algorithmization of society and ai are the keywords here. The prediction of social developments in general and the behavior of people in particular plays a special role in this context.

The ie "artificial intelligence" the "corona crisis" is central to this, which is why this year’s prize particularly invites submissions that deal with this phenomenon. All others are of course very welcome as well.

Critical and differentiated reporting is important for the society. Therefore, the surveillance studies prize for journalists calls for outstanding media contributions from this subject area.

Prize-worthy contributions should present new insights and findings and/or refer to the current state of scientific research. The portrayals should go beyond common cliches (big brother, evil data octopi, who-can-know-what-about-me, etc.).); they should arouse interest in the complex topic of surveillance and make use of the strengths of the chosen medium (print/online/video/audio).

The prize will be awarded for the eighth time in 2020. In the jury, scientists and journalists jointly judge the submitted competition entries, because the topic needs interdisciplinary exchange. The prize is intended to provide a platform for this understanding. As in previous years, the online magazine telepolis is a sponsor of the prize.

Conditions of participation

Formats journalistic contributions of all media genres can be submitted:

Tv/film (dvd/weblink and broadcast manuscript), radio (mp3/weblink and broadcast manuscript), online media (pdf-file of the website incl. Link; in case of interactive offers link + description of the offer) as well as press (expression and .Pdf file).

All submissions must be accompanied by an abstract of the article from max. 100 words. All files must be attached to the work on standard data carriers (such as cd/dvd) or made available as a download if they are too large to be sent by e-mail.

Date of publication the contribution must not exceed 30 words by the closing date. The deadline of september 2019 must not be older than 12 months, i.E. After the 15th of september 2019. September 2018 must have been published.

Place of publication the article must have been published in a german-language medium.

Other documents to be submitted short curriculum vitae of the author(s)

Prize the prize money is 1.000 euro. The prize will be awarded at a public award ceremony.

Deadline for sending applications is 30. September 2019.

Submissions to: dr. Habil. Nils zurawski university of hamburg institute for criminological social research allende-platz 1 20146 hamburg, germany

Or by email to: preis@surveillance-studies.Org

This also applies to questions and information.

The legal process is excluded!

Winners will be informed as soon as the jury has met.

The award ceremony will take place on 27. January 2020 will take place in hamburg.


Anne roth, political scientist, activist, consultant for network policy, parliamentary group die linke in the bundestag, berlin dr. Dietmar kammerer, institute for media studies, marburg nele heise, communication scientist, hamburg timo grossenbacher, prize winner 2019, journalist, zurich peter schaar, chairman of the european academy for freedom of information and data protection (eaid) / federal commissioner for data protection and freedom of information a.D. Dr. Habil. Nils zurawski, institute for criminological social research, hamburg

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