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Sociology Sven van Hove

September - Oktober 2022

Weaponizing states in the digital age? Governments, firms and artifical intelligence (with Moritz Weiss)

Digitalization is arguably transforming the traditional monopoly of large arms contractors to help governments in their attempt to provide national security. For instance, numerous states advance military applications of Artifical Intelligence (AI) to make their computer systems resilient or they even weaponize AI in the form of lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS). As a result, information technology (IT ) companies will arguably evolve in a powerful position as gatekeepers to relevant technology.
Some scholars thus stress the superiority of private actors over governments. It is argued that the state has been a latecomer in cyberspace, which has guaranteed IT companies a comparative advantage in their interactions with governments. By contrast, other scholars point out that governments are regaining the driver’s seat. While private firms remain relevant, they argue, it is politically accountable governments, which are shaping the future of cooperation and conflict.
Against this backdrop, we will tackle the question of what the effect of today’s digital revolution will be on the relationship between governments and increasingly capable IT-firms? The airm of our project is to address this challenge by considering both how states build capacities and how they set rules to govern the digital era; and we will focus on the interactions between governments and firms. In this collaborative effort, we will draw on our experiences in both academic research and policy-making to produce some insights into the political processes of weaponizing AI.


Dr. Sven van Hove ist Soziologe und arbeitet als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Kommando Cyber- und Informationsraum der Bundeswehr. Er war Leiter eines Forschungsprojekts innerhalb des interdisziplinären Forschungsverbunds formig und hat an der Dualen Hochschule (DHBW) Mannheim eine zentrale Laborlandschaft mit auf- und ausgebaut. An der DHBW hat er den Arbeitskreis Promotion organisiert und war Mitglied im Senat der Hochschule. Daneben hat er an der Uni Bamberg, der Hochschule Coburg und der DHBW Mannheim gelehrt. Nach der Dissertation an der Uni Mannheim hat Herr van Hove als Projektleiter in der Unternehmensberatung, mit dem Schwerpunkt Datenanalyse, gearbeitet.


Ausgewählte Publikation

Sven van Hove (2016) Emotionale Integration von Personen mit Migrationshintergrund. Vielfältigkeit und Ursachen der emotionalen Integration bei Aussiedlern und Personen mit einem Migrationshintergrund aus der Türkei