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

Urs Kind

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….

Jonas Kaiser

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…

Kaja Scheliga

Crowd Science

Online platforms offer a variety of opportunities for volunteers to engage in the process of knowledge generation. How…

Kirsten Gollatz

The power of platforms

Platforms like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram structure public discussion and news perception. As their user numbers grow…

Uta Meier-Hahn

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…

Max Hänska

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…

professionelles Videostudio
Urs Kind

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…

Cornelius Puschmann

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 that questions decision making. As a visiting researcher at HIIG, Max Hänska is currently focussing on twitter discussions and the rise of an european political public sphere. Interview: Cornelius Puschmann.

Axel Bruns
Kirsten Gollatz

5 Questions to …

… Visiting Researcher Dr Axel Bruns, Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Professor in the Digital Media…

Urs Kind

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…

Jonas Kaiser

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…

Urs Kind

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…

Emma Peters

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…