Hertie School dean and professor Mark Hallerberg is co-leading one of the research units for SCRIPTS Clusters of Excellence an initiative of the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and the German Council of Science and Humanities. SCRIPTS sponsors a research associate position at the Centre for Digital Governance.
This project is commissioned by the Office of Technology Asssessment at the German Bundestag (TAB). It is carried out by a team of professors and research associates at the Hertie School and Tallinn University of Technology. The overarching purpose of this project is to assess the potential of AI and DLT specifically for German public administrations. For that matter, the research team uses expert interviews, surveys, as well as a literature review to understand the potential benefits and downsides of AI and DLT. The researchers also monitor the progress that was made in view of the digitalisation of the German public administration in a broader sense. Furthermore, they analyse global cases of good practice where AI or DLT were applied in public administration contexts. In doing so, they hope to identify key lessons that can guide future decision-making in Germany.
The project runs from July 2019 through October 2019. Initially, the results will be provided exclusively to the TAB. Public dissemination is expected in 2020.