International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW)

Simon David Hirsbrunner

Society, Culture and Technological Change

Dr. Simon David Hirsbrunner currently conducts research on trustworthy AI, data and media ethics. He co-leads the digital policing projects VIKING and PEGASUS and conducts research in KITQAR on the quality and ethics of AI training data.

Areas of Expertise

  • Applied ethics
  • Trustworthy AI
  • Data ethics
  • Critical Data Science
  • Open Science
  • Science & Technology Studies
  • Digital media studies
  • Social science climate research
  • Science communication

Career

Simon Hirsbrunner conducts research at IZEW since December 2021. His former work stations include the Human-Centered Computing (HCC) research group at Freie Universität Berlin, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Wikimedia Deutschland e.V., the think tank adelphi, and the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs (EDA). Simon Hirsbrunner studied International Relations in Geneva (MA), as well as European Media Studies in Potsdam (MA) and received his PhD in Media Ethnography from the University of Siegen.

Publikations

Fischer, Maximilian T., Simon David Hirsbrunner, Wolfgang Jentner, Matthias Miller, Daniel A. Keim, und Paula Helm. „Promoting Ethical Awareness in Communication Analysis: Investigating Potentials and Limits of Visual Analytics for Intelligence Applications“. arXiv:2203.09859 [cs], 18. März 2022. http://arxiv.org/abs/2203.09859. (Accepted for proceedings of the FAccT conference 2022)

Hirsbrunner Simon David. "Die Rahmenanalyse in der kommunikationswissenschaftlichen Betrachtung des Klimawandels", in Schlüsselwerke der sozialwissenschaftlichen Klimaforschung, edited by Youssef Ibrahim and Simone Rödder. Bielefeld: transcript, forthcoming (accepted and planned for publication in 2022).

Hirsbrunner, Simon David. 2021. Articulated Ambiguity Around Visual Scenarios of Sea-Level Rise Futures. Front. Commun. 6:613167, 2021. doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2021.613167

Hirsbrunner, Simon David. 2021. A New Science for Future. Climate Impact Modeling and the Quest for Digital Openness. Locating Media / Situierte Medien. Bielefeld: transcript.

Steinhardt, Isabel, Caroline Fischer, Maximilian Heimstädt, Simon David Hirsbrunner, Dilek İkiz-Akıncı, Lisa Kressin, Susanne Kretzer, et al. 2020. „Das Öffnen und Teilen von Daten qualitativer Forschung: Ergebnisse eines Workshops der Forschungsgruppe ‚Digitalisierung der Wissenschaft‘ am Weizenbaum Institut in Berlin am 17. Januar 2020“. Weizenbaum Series, 2020.

Blumental, Ines, Carolin Schlenther, Simon Hirsbrunner, Manfred Stock, and Thomas Nocke. 2017. “Climate Impacts for German Schools—An Educational Web Portal Solution.” in Handbook of Climate Change Communication: Vol. 3. Berlin: Springer

Vadrot, Alice, Simon Hirsbrunner, Walter Kahlenborn and Ronald Pohoryles. 2012. Welchen Wert hat die Natur? Eine Analyse des gesellschaftlichen und politischen Diskurses über die Inwertsetzung von Biodiversität. Gutachten für das Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (TAB). Berlin/Wien: adelphi consult GmbH/ICCR Foundation.

Adriázola, Paola; Alexander Carius, Dennis Tänzler, Irina Comardicea, Simon Hirsbrunner and Achim Maas. 2012. Climate Diplomacy - Reducing Risks for Security. Studie im Auftrag des Auswärtigen Amtes. Berlin: adelphi

Hirsbrunner, Simon; Dennis Tänzler and Lena Reuster. 2011. „Important aspects of sinks for linking emission trading systems,“ In: Climate Change 09/2011. Dessau/Roßlau: Umweltbundesamt

Tänzler, Dennis, Simon Hirsbrunner, Janina Barkemeyer und Dominik Weidert. 2011. Low Carbon Economic Development and Beyond: Cooperation Areas for a Green Economy. Ein Deutsch-Chinesischer Dialog. Berlin: adelphi.

Hirsbrunner, Simon, Dennis Tänzler and Alexander Carius. 2010. Strategische Umweltpartnerschaften mit Schwellenländern. Studie im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit (internal study, unpublished)

Science Communication

Dreyer, Inga. 2021. Ambivalenz als Chance begreifen, an interview with Simon David Hirsbrunner.

Available on Wissenschaftskommunikation.de via www.wissenschaftskommunikation.de/ambivalenz-als-chance-begreifen-48675/

Thomasy, Hannah. 2020. Climate change is a cultural issue as much as an environmental one: an interview with “Synthetic Messengers” creators Tega Brain, Simon David Hirsbrunner, and Sam Lavigne.

Available on Massive Science via massivesci.com/articles/synthetic-messanger-goethe-brain-hirschbrunner-lavigne/

Frenzel, Janna. 2020. Models produce spaces of possibility. An interview with Tega Brain and Simon David Hirsbrunner. Available on the Goethe Institut website via www.goethe.de/ins/ca/en/kul/met/nat/21927230.html

Hirsbrunner, Simon. 2020. "Offenheit digitaler Methoden, Infrastrukturen und Daten in der medienwissenschaftlichen Analyse sozialer Netzwerke" Article on the Open Media Studies Blog of the Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft. Accessible via www.zfmedienwissenschaft.de/online/open-media- studies-blog/digitale-medien-und-methoden-offene-technologien

Dang, Sarah-Mai, and Simon David Hirsbrunner. 2019. “Opening Research Data. Amplification and reduction within Media Research Practices.” Workshop report. Open Media Studies Blog. Berlin: Special Interest Group Open Media Studies. mediastudies.hypotheses.org/1291.

Hirsbrunner, Simon. 2019. "Open Your Heart. On reasons why media scholars might be reluctant to open their research data" Article on the Open Media Studies Blog of the Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft. . Accessible via www.zfmedienwissenschaft.de/online/open-media-studies-blog/open-your-heart

Hirsbrunner, Simon. 2018. "It's not science, but that's ok." Blog article on medium.com. Accessible via medium.com/@SimonDSimson/its-not-science-but-that-s-ok-ed4d53643f75