Comments by Wolfgang Schulz on the Draft for an Act improving Law Enforcement on Social Networks (NetzDG)

With the Draft for an Act improving Law Enforcement on Social Networks (NetzDG), the German government reacts on Hate Speech and Fake News in Social Media. The draft has provoked criticism concerning freedom of speech because it creates incentives for providers to delete contents although they have not been proven illegal. The comments in English language by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz analyse the draft.   »»


Call for Applications: Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowships “Algorithmed Public Spheres”

Application deadline: April 1, 2017

The Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research invites applications for international postdoctoral research fellows from fields including, but not restricted to, computer and information science, communication and media studies, law, sociology and philosophy, who will conduct innovative research on the social and cultural impact of algorithms during stays of 3-12 months in Hamburg in the academic year 2017/2018.   »»

International Summer School on “Hate Speech Online” 14 - 21 March 2017 in Delhi, India

Applications welcome until 15 February 2017

The Hans-Bredow-Institut and the faculty of Law of the University of Hamburg, together with the Centre for Communication Governance at the National Law University, Delhi are pleased to give students with a focus on Media Law as well as European and International Law the opportunity to participate in an international Summer School on “Hate Speech Online” being held in Delhi, India, from 14 to 22 March 2017. The lectures will address different aspects of hate speech and its relation to freedom of speech and other basic rights. National as well as international laws will be discussed and compared.   »»

Nick Diakopoulos Fellow at the Postdoc Kolleg "Algorithmed Public Spheres"

Nick Diakopoulos, Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, is guest researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institut in December. In its Postdoc Kolleg Algorithmed Public Spheres, that is organized by Cornelius Puschmann, Nick will do research with an emphasis on algorithmic accountability. Furthermore, Nick will give two public lectures and join discussion rounds   »»

Visiting Fellows from Sydney at the Research Centre Media History

From November 12th to November 29th Dr Virginia Madsen and Dr Tom Murray from Macquarie University in Sydney (Australia) are Visting Fellows at the Research Centre Media History. The invitation to Hamburg is enabled by the MQ-FU-HAM Trilateral Strategic Partnership, a network program of the Universität Hamburg with Macquarie University (Australia) and Fudan University (China). Their stay is part of the research programm “Transnational Media Histories” established by Dr Hans-Ulrich Wagner (Hamburg) and Prof Dr Bridget Griffen-Foley (Sydney).   »»

Plenary Panel Discussion: Who Rules the Internet?

The only conference's public Panel Discussion "Who Rules the Internet?" with Kate Crawford, Fieke Jansen and Carolin Gerlitz took place on 6 October 2016, 7 – 9pm Audimax der HU Berlin. Who are the actors both in practices of rule-making and rule-breaking online, what are their motivations and resources, and how can their power relations and communicative figurations be described? How does the Internet influence the proliferation of the values that its platforms, services and infrastructures embody, and what spaces of creative resistance persist? How do various forms of technical, social, and cultural hacking subvert these orders?   »»



Open Access: International Journal of Communication and Health

with an article by S. Wahl und M. Grimm presenting "A Typology of Cancer Patients’ Information Behavior with Regard to Complementary and Alternative Medicine", article   »»

For Download: Human Rights and Encryption

New in the UNESCO Series on Internet Freedom is the study by Wolfgang Schulz and Joris van Hoboken about the relevance of encryption to human rights in the media and communications field ... Downnload   »»

Coming soon: M&K 4/2016

with articles about "Studying Journalism in Times of Crisis", "Research Ethics for Communication Science", about "How the Origin of Immigrants Impacts their Media Framing" and about the "Coverage of Whistleblowing in German and Swiss Print Media" as well as an Article "On the Issue of Recipients’ Disenchantment with Certain Topics and the Measurement of this: A Theoretical Conceptualization and Development of Scales", Contents

M&K 2/2016 published

with a comparative study of the relationship between politics and journalism on a federal and State level, an article about the knowledge gaps of sports journalists on the subject of Doping, a review of the potentials and limitations of automated analysis of visual media content and a contribution to the discussion on the importance of communication studies for media practice and media policy. Contents

Twitter Friend Repertoires

Introducing a methodology to assess patterns of information management on Twitter, article by Jan-Hinrik Schmidt, published in First Monday.   »»



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