Making sense of our connected world


Making sense of our connected world

Issue in focus

Exploring the digital society

To understand current social and technological change, we need explanations that help shape our future. Within the framework of the lecture series "Making Sense of the Digital Society", visionary experts share their perspective on the digital society of our time. They address fundamental questions: What could a European perspective on the current transformation process look like? What is the meaning of power and how is it distributed? And what role do digital technologies play in this? This issue in focus brings together highlights from previous events.

Recorded lectures

Manuel Castells

Power and counter-power

Christoph Neuberger

Democracy and public sphere

Elena Esposito

Future and uncertainty

Articles in this issue in focus

Digital Singularisation

The politics behind the Smart City

The price of connection

What is surveillance capitalism?

Social order in the digital society

Power and counter-power in the digital society

Digital power-play: Manuel Castells in Berlin

Castells: Network society

Revisiting Castells’ Network Society

Further Videos

Marion Fourcade

Social order in the digital society

Christian Katzenbach

The Platform Paradox (in German)


Social Platforms (in German)