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Understanding Platform Governance

More and more people and institutions communicate via Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and co. They allow us to share photos, news, opinions and status updates of all kinds with the whole world. Therefore its importance for political developments and moods is rising. The rules of platforms for sorting and blocking, for liking and sharing determine whose voices get heard, how content is being framed and who gets access to which data.

Articles in this Dossier

Why a view is not always a view

To measure the reach of online content on the different existing platforms you need a consistent standard. For example on Facebook three seconds count as a view while on YouTube...

The blame-game in a post-Trump world

Donald Trump’s victory came as a surprise and/or shock to most pollsters, journalists, scientists, and citizens all over the world. And ever since Trump became the president-elect one question seems...

Crowd Science

Online platforms offer a variety of opportunities for volunteers to engage in the process of knowledge generation. How are Crowd Science projects brought into being and how do they work? An insight....

The power of platforms

Platforms like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram structure public discussion and news perception. As their user numbers grow steadily their influence grows mutually. José van Dijck, professor at the department of...

The internet infrastructure’s turn to content

One of the internet’s key features is that it keeps networking functions separate from the content and application services that use these functions. However, networking seems to become infused with...

How “Leave” won Twitter: an analysis of 7.5m Brexit-related tweets

How did Eurosceptic (leave) and pro-European (remain) activity compare on social media in the run-up to the EU referendum, and was there a relationship between social media users and votes?...

professionelles Videostudio

Is this actually still user-generated content on Youtube?

The division between professional media and user-generated content on YouTube can hardly be maintained any more. Web videos are increasingly more professional, especially because amateurs are often supported by specialised companies....

5 questions to…

Max Hänska, Lecturer/Assistant Prof. at De Montfort Universitaet in Leicester, GB. His research topics are Social Media in political communication and grassroot journalism as well as the role of communication...

Axel Bruns

5 Questions to …

… Visiting Researcher Dr Axel Bruns, Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Professor in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Interview by Kirsten...

Live-streaming on the web and its implications for the media landscape

Live streaming was a unique selling point for linear television for a long time. In the mean time more and more providers enable users to stream their videos online with...

When YouTubers Strike Back – DMCA and the case of YouTube’s failed dispute resolution system

When a CEO publicly states that the company is “listening” you know something’s up. So when YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki was forced to tweet these very words this came as a...

Branded Content im TV und auf YouTube: Was sind die Unterschiede?

The mixture of editorial and advertising content in television and on platforms like YouTube is a phenomenon that can widely be observed. Acording to laws this seperation is obligatory at...

Like! Share! Log-in! Facebook-Buttons on websites of third party providers and data protection

In the online business (personal) data is considered a currency to pay for companies’ services. The pursuit of ever larger quantities of data concerning (potential) customers by private (online) companies...