Kirsten Gollatz is a Project Manager at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin where she has worked on projects and events in the field of Policy and Governance since she joined the Institute in 2011. She is currently conducting research with a special focus on the conditions for exercising freedom of expression on the Internet and the relevance of private transnational governance, as well as online participation.

Since 2014 Kirsten has been writing her thesis as an external doctoral student with the University of Zurich. In her thesis she investigates the evolution of transnational governance regimes that private social media companies apply to user-generated content on their platforms.

Involvement in past and ongoing research projects

In summer 2012, Kirsten was a research intern at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Before that, she worked as a research assistant to the project field Cultural Sources of Newness at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB). Kirsten has a Master’s Degree in Media and Political Communication from the Free University Berlin. While attending university, Kirsten worked as a research assistant for enterprises, journalists, media industry associations and research organizations. She was involved in a variety of projects focusing on emerging media and internet policies and media economical issues, particularly on governance models in the context of a disruptive structural shift in media and journalism.


Journal Publications and Conference Proceedings:

Gollatz, K., Herweg, S. & Hofmann, J. (2015). Enquete-Kommission Internet und digitale Gesellschaft (Enquete Commission on Internet and Digital Society). Berkman Center Research Publication(2015-1). Publication details

Gollatz, K. (2014). Online Free expression in the Corporate Realm: Corporations’ Policies and Practices Shaping Private Speech on Communication Platforms. Nova Acta Leopoldina, NF 119(403), 49-55. Publication details

Gollatz, K. (2013). App development: Is ‘privacy by design’ the new standard? Internet Policy Review. Publication details

Wagner, B., Gollatz, K., & Calderaro, C. (2013). Common Narrative – Divergent Agendas: The Internet and Human Rights in Foreign Policy. Conference Proceedings. International Conference on Internet Science. Brussels, April 9-11, 2013, 19-27. Publication details

Working Paper:

Hofmann, J., Katzenbach, C., & Gollatz, K. (2014). Between Coordination and Regulation: Conceptualizing Governance in Internet Governance. HIIG Discussion Paper Series, 2014(04). Publication details

Wagner, B., Gollatz, K., & Calderaro, A. (2014). Internet & Human Rights in Foreign Policy: comparing narratives in the US and EU Internet Governance agenda. EUI Working Paper RSCAS; Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF), 2014/86. Publication details

Book contributions and chapters:

Gollatz, K. (2013). Transnational Pirates. In Dobusch, L., Mader, P., & Quack, S. (Eds.), Governance across Borders Transnational. Fields and Transversal Themes (pp. 222-228). Berlin: epubli. Publication details

Hofmann, J., Katzenbach, C., & Gollatz, K. (2013). Freedom on the Net Report Germany. In Kelly, S., Truong, M., Earp, M., Reed, L., Shahbaz, A., & Greco-Stoner, A. (Eds.), Freedom on the Net 2013 (pp. 302-321). New York, NY: Freedom House. Publication details

Dobusch, L. & Gollatz, K. (2012). Piraten zwischen transnationaler Bewegung und lokalem Phänomen. In Bieber, C. & Leggewie, C. (Eds.), Unter Piraten. Erkundungen in einer neuen politischen Arena (pp. 25-40). Bielefeld: transcript. Publication details


MacKinnon, R., Hickok, E., Bar, A., & Lim, H. with research contribution by Kirsten Gollatz (2015). Fostering Freedom Online: the Role of Internet Intermediaries. Paris, France: UNESCO/Internet Society. Publication details

Other publications:

Send, H., Ebert, J., Friesike, S., Gollatz, K., & Schildhauer, T. (2014). Online Mit­machen und Entscheiden – Partizipationsstudie 2014, Berlin: Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft. Publication details

Gollatz, K. (2014). Deutsche Telekom’s ‘surveillance report’ builds on a trend, . Internet Policy Review. Publication details

Lectures and Presentations:

"You own your content, but…" - Tracing changing notions of ownership over user content in social media platform policies
Media Trends 2015: Power and Media: Ownership, Sponsorship, Censorship (Session: Panel 8. Users and Consumers). Webster Vienna Private University's Media Communications department. Webster Vienna Private University, Vienna, Austria: 12.09.2015

Kirsten Gollatz

Internet Governance – Komplexe Strukturen, reflexive Prozesse und deren Legitimität
Telemedicus Sommerkonferenz: Zwei Schritte vorwärts: Die Zukunft des Internetrechts (Session: Rough Consensus and Running Code). Telemedicus in Kooperation mit Internet & Gesellschaft Collaboratory, Hertie Stiftung, Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Humboldt Law Clinic Internetrecht. Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany: 30.08.2015

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Between Coordination and Regulation: Conceptualizing Governance in Internet Governance
GigaNet 9th Annual Symposium (Session: THEORETICAL SESSION: Conceptualizing Internet governance). The Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet). Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Center, Istanbul, Turkey: 01.09.2014

Jeanette Hofmann, Christian, Katzenbach, Kirsten Gollatz

Terms & Conditions – it's ze law, stupid! Taking practical suggestions from German Constitutional Law
RightsCon Silicon Valley . access. Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco, USA: 03.03.2014

Kirsten Gollatz, Julian Staben

Corporate Policies and Practices Shaping Private Speech Online
4th Symposium
 “Human Rights and Science” (Session: Human Rights and New Media). Human Rights Committee of the
 German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and Polish Academy of Sciences. Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland: 13.09.2013

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Common Narrative Divergent Agendas: The Internet and Human Rights in Foreign Policy
1st International Conference on Internet Science of the Network of Excellence in Internet Science (EINS) (Session: Internet Science and Politics). EINS project, the FP7 European Network of Excellence in Internet Science. Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Brussels, Belgium: 10.04.2013

Ben Wagner, Kirsten Gollatz, Andrea Calderaro

Facebook at a Tipping Point. Is there a need for a new valorization of privacy?
4th European Communication Conference on “Social Media – Global Voices”, ECREA 2012 . ECREA European Communication Research and Education Association. Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul, Turkey: 27.10.2012

Kirsten Gollatz, Alexander Sängerlaub

The quasi-public Sphere of Online Platforms. Global Spaces for Free Expression?
ECREA 2012 Pre-Conference “Imposing Freedoms: The role of copyright, privacy and censorship governance in the re/definition of rights in digital media” (Session: Freedom and the media). Media Governance and Industries Research Group of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Vienna. Plato College of Higher Education, Istanbul, Turkey: 23.10.2012

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Vorstellung der Studie "Das Bürger-Internet: Neutralität ist nicht genug" und Diskussion
Das Bürger-Internet: Neutralität ist nicht genug. Netopia | Forum for the Digital Society. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany: 26.03.2015

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Session on Western Perspectives and Implications for Policy
Internet Freedom in Democratic Southeast Asia. German Marshall Fund of the United States. Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia: 03.10.2013

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Moderation of Workshops and Panels:

Intermediary liability, jurisdiction and extremist content
'The Role of Social Media and Internet Companies in Responding to Violent Online Extremism'. Network of Excellence for Research in Violent Online Political Extremism (Vox-Pol). Central European University, School of Public Policy, Budapest, Hungary: 05.03.2015

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Organisation of Events:

From Disobedient Practices to Global Governance Arrangements: Academic perspectives on digital phenomena
Discussion at the HIIG as part of the Federal Foreign Office's Visitors' Program. 07.08.2014. Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany (International)

Kirsten Gollatz, Rüdiger Schwarz, Osvaldo Saldías, Dr., Theresa Züger

The Internet and Human Rights: Building a free, open and secure Internet
From 13.09.2012 to 14.09.2012. German Federal Foreign Office, Berlin, Deutschland. Co-Organised by: Aarhus University, Human Rights Watch, Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany (International)

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