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Platform Councils as Tools to Democratize Hybrid Online Orders

How can platform councils ensure that public interests and democratic values are taken into account when setting and implementing private platform rules? The new co-operation project “Platform://Democracy”, comissioned by the Stiftung Mercator, untertakes an inquiry into the meaning and limits of democracy online. The project is carried out by the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI) with support from the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (Berlin) and the Department of Theory and Future of Law of the University of Innsbruck (Austria).

Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut


VolkswagenStiftungs-Projekt: Wie können algorithmische Systeme in der öffentlichen Kommunikation reguliert werden?

Hamburg, 27.04.2022. Wer und was bestimmt eigentlich, ob uns in digitalen Medien bestimmte Nachrichten erreichen? In einem von der VolkswagenStiftung geförderten Projekt des Leibniz-Instituts für Medienforschung und des Fachbereichs Informatik der Universität Hamburg wird eine neue Methode entwickelt, mit der Zusammenhänge komplexer Medien-Ökosysteme aufgeklärt und Schutzmechanismen für gesellschaftliche Kommunikation abgeleitet werden können.

Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut


Safer Internet Day 2022: Solid Knowledge Base for a Better Internet

With the CO:RE Knowledge Base platform, the European project network CO:RE – Children Online: Research and Evidence presents a solid knowledge base for the topic of children and the internet for this year’s Safer Internet Day. The recently launched beta version was developed together with various stakeholders and offers educational and political decision makers as well as researchers more than 1,800 publications and 1,300 studies. These were collected from over 30 countries and categorised according to research and practice relevance.

Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut


New solutions for an ethical digitalisation: International experts discuss their research findings with German Federal President Steinmeier

Under the patronage of German President Steinmeier and with support of the Stiftung Mercator, a global network of research institutes has demonstrated over the course of the past two years how the digital transformation can…

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society


The Weizenbaum Institute launches new open access journal

The digitalization of society has many facets: It includes the transformation of the world of work, new forms of learning, the transformation of public space through digital media and platforms, changes in how democracies work,…

Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society


COST Action People in Motion: understanding the impact of COVID-19 on our societies

Throughout history, pandemics have been identified as causing a specific impact on the evolution of societies, triggering different social behaviours in urban environments. The current context of the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception and affects the way our identities continue to develop. As the COVID-19 crisis forces academics to re-organise scientific activity, historians and social scientists are now sharing their insights into the current crisis which adds a new page to the history of pandemics in our societies.

European Cooperation in Science and Technology


Understanding the risks of indoor pollutants: INDAIRPOLLNET

While people spend 80 to 90% of their time indoors, it is not common knowledge that this is where we receive most of our exposure to air pollution. As our indoor activities have significantly increased in the current context of the pandemic, it is essential to better grasp in what circumstances the concentration of air pollutants could be higher indoors than outdoors. This is the purpose of COST Action “Indoor Air Pollution Network” (INDAIRPOLLNET) that specifically focuses on improving our understanding of the cause of high concentration of indoor air pollutants.

European Cooperation in Science and Technology

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