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Guests from Austria, Brazil, China, and Estonia Conduct Research at the HBI

Guests from Austria, Brazil, China, and Estonia Conduct Research at the HBI

Pretty international! Four guest researchers from Asia, Latin America and Europe are currently working on their research projects at the HBI: Clara Iglesias Keller from Brazil, Chen Xinsheng from China, Anu Masso from Estonia and Herwig Mitter from Austria.
Clara Iglesias Keller is a lawyer. From October 2019 to April 2020, she will conduct research at the HBI on regulatory strategies with regard to disinformation.
She holds a PhD from the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) on the legitimacy requirements of public policy vis-à-vis Internet-based services in IT, media and communications law. In her field of research, Clara Iglesias Keller has written several academic papers and the book "National regulation of internet based services: exception, legitimacy and the role of States" (original in Portuguese - "Regulação nacional de serviços na internet - exceção, legitimidade e o papel do Estado" -, LumenJuris, forthcoming October 2019).
Chen Xinshen of Fudan University (Shanghai, China) is a visiting scholar at the HBI from September 2019 to August 2020. Under the direction of his supervisor, Dr. Hans-Ulrich Wagner, he will work on his doctoral project and examine German-language media theories for their applicability to the Chinese academic context.
Chen is a PhD student at the Center of Information and Communication Studies at Fudan University. The topic of his dissertation is the question of how the postal system changed the urban life of the Chinese in early modern China (1896-1949). His research stay is made possible by the Chinese Scholarship Committee (CSC). It is part of the research network ‘Transnational Media Histories’ within the Trilateral Partnership MQ-FUD-HAM.
Anu Masso is Associate Professor of Big Data in Social Sciences at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance in Tallinn. From November 2019 to January 2020, she is a guest researcher in the postdoc network "Algorithmed Public Spheres".
Her current research focuses on the big data turn in the social sciences. She is interested in developing measurements and estimating bias of social dynamics of large-scale socio-cultural phenomena, like in the fields of social network analysis methods, and comparative social media analytics.
On 4 December 2019, Anu Masso will be a guest in our series Leibniz Media Lunch Talk, where she will give a lecture on Migration Research and Control in the Era of Big Data.
Herwig Mitter is a research associate (prae doc) at the Institute for Constitutional and Administrative Law at the University of Vienna. From October to December 2019, he is a guest researcher at the HBI, investigating how the media freedom guarantee of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) relates to Internet intermediaries, in particular whether and to what extent they are protected or obliged by them.

In his dissertation project, he is researching to what extent mass media pluralism is guaranteed in Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and in Austrian Constitutional Law. Herwig Mitter studied law at the University of Vienna. Thereafter, he worked for several years as a research assistant at the Austrian Administrative Court, where he also dealt with media law cases.


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