Kirsten Gollatz is a Project Manager at the Alexander von Humboldt 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.



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

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

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. (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

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

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


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

Kirsten Gollatz

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

Kirsten Gollatz

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

Kirsten Gollatz, Alexander Sängerlaub

Lecture/Talk: The quasi-public Sphere of Online Platforms. Global Spaces for Free Expression? @ Conference: 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). Organised by 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

Kirsten Gollatz

Lecture/Talk: Common Narrative Divergent Agendas: The Internet and Human Rights in Foreign Policy @ Conference: 1st International Conference on Internet Science of the Network of Excellence in Internet Science (EINS) (Session: Internet Science and Politics). Organised by 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

Lecture/Talk: Corporate Policies and Practices Shaping Private Speech Online @ Conference: 4th Symposium
 “Human Rights and Science” (Session: Human Rights and New Media). Organised by 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

Kirsten Gollatz

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

Kirsten Gollatz

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

Kirsten Gollatz, Julian Staben

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

Jeanette Hofmann, Christian, Katzenbach, Kirsten Gollatz