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Alexander Pirang

Alexander Pirang is a researcher with the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and part of the institute’s AI & Society Lab. The Lab is an inter- and transdisciplinary research laboratory at the intersection of academia, industry, and civil society. Alexander also supports The Ethics of Digitalisation, an international research project under the patronage of the German Federal President.

Alexander’s research interests focus on freedom of expression and regulatory theory. In his doctoral thesis, he explores how European approaches to regulating social media platforms impact users’ freedom of expression. 

Previously, Alexander worked in international law firms, with a focus on media law and regulatory law. Alexander also has experience in public policy consulting; he contributed to projects on digital policy as a researcher with the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin.

Alexander holds a law degree from Bucerius Law School in Hamburg. He was a visiting student at Saint Petersburg State University in Russia. He completed his two-year legal clerkship with the Court of Appeals in Berlin. During the clerkship, he worked inter alia with the Federal Foreign Office (EU policy planning unit) and at the Federal Constitutional Court.

Alexander is a Fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute.

Alexander Pirang


Researcher: AI & Society Lab

Other publications

Kettemann, M. C., & Pirang, A. (2020). When scholars sprint, bad algorithms are on the run. Digital society blog. Publication details