Consortium establishes German Internet Institute in Berlin
Germany has established a new institute dedicated to researching the ethical, legal, economic and social aspects of the Internet and digitization. Healthcare is expected to be one of the German Internet Institute's main areas of research. Digital technologies are rapidly revolutionizing healthcare, including diagnostics and how patient data are handled and stored.
A consortium including five universities and two research institutes based in and around Berlin won the competition held for the commission to set up the Internet Institute. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is providing EUR 50 million for the facility's first five years of operation, including independent, interdisciplinary research into the impact digitization has on people's lives and the economy.
The knowledge gained by analyzing how digitization is transforming society will be fed into future research and proposals that will aid companies in innovation. The Institute is expected to influence healthcare, particularly with respect to R&D and innovation in medical technology and medical biotechnology.
German Research Minister Johanna Wanka said that with the founding of the Institute, the government was establishing a new beacon in Germany's research landscape and, what is more, was creating a facility that would pass on its findings to society, business and policymakers.