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Vision: In the foreseeable future, digitization and artificial intelligence will change large parts of health research and health care in the long term: thanks to Big Data and learning algorithms, the factor ‘ignorance’ will soon be banned from the health sector. Nothing will remain unknown or hidden – everything will become predictable, provided with probability values and weighed against each other. But what does this mean for the individual: to know his or her concrete risk of illness? What does it mean for society: to know statistically exactly who will fall ill with which disease, when, and what costs will be produced? Does social solidarity stand up to this? Or are other, completely new regulatory mechanisms to be tested?
As a CwiC project, we deal with these topics and questions – and design the legal, ethical and political guidelines that will protect us as a society from a corpus delicti-like health dystopia!



  • Legal Subproject: Prof. Dr. Steffen Augsberg (Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen)
  • Ethical Subproject: Dr. Matthias Braun (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg)
  • Economic Subject: Prof. Dr. Nora Szech (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

Funder: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Acronym: CwiC

Project duration: 2020–2023

New Publication: Easing Restrictions During Vaccine Scarcity. How Mitigation Measures Help Tackling Associated Moral and Behavioral Challenges