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News Fatigue in Germany

Germans are significantly less interested in news; only 57 per cent of adult internet users are still interested in information about current affairs. That is ten percentage points less than last year. The decline is most visible in the group of 18 to 24 year-olds, in which only 31 per cent are interested in news, which is 19 percentage points less. At the same time, the percentage of those who at least occasionally try to avoid the news rises to 65 per cent. Topic fatigue, causing a bad mood and exhaustion due to the vast amount of information are the main reasons for this. In addition, young people in particular do not perceive news as important or useful to them personally.

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society


Bundling local knowledge globally: Launch of an international research project on sustainable digitalisation

How can states strengthen newly emerging economic sectors in the context of digitalisation and create fair working conditions at the same time? What are the environmental side effects that need to be avoided to shape…

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society


Cross-cultural Visions of Artificial Intelligence: Japanese-German Conference in Berlin

For millennia, fantasies about intelligent machines have shaped our expectations, hopes and fears. All too often, these imaginings diverge from reality and blur the line between science and fiction. At the JDZB, international researchers will…

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society


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


Social entrepreneurship: How start-ups use artificial intelligence for social good

Can AI startups have a positive impact on society? This question is being investigated by the research group “Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Society”, led by Dr. Ali Aslan Gümüsay at HIIG. In a new case study,…

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society


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

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