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AoIR 2016: Internet Rules!

In 2016, the annual conference of the Association of Internet Research will take place 5–8 October 2016 at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany and is hosted by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research.   AoIR 2016 will emphasize the relevance of the Internet in today’s culture and politics. The conference theme addresses the significance of the codes and rules that frame the Internet, as well as their playful circumvention, from technical protocols and popular platforms to the emerging, established, and contested conventions of online communities. Who are the actors both in practices of rule-making and rule-breaking, what are their motivations and resources, and how can their power relations and communicative figurations be described? How does the Internet influence the proliferation of the values that its platforms, services and infrastructures embody, and what spaces of creative resistance persist? How do various forms of technical, social, and cultural hacking subvert these orders?

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5 October 2016Preconference Workshops and Opening Keynote
6 – 8 October 2016Main conference
6 October 2016Public Panel Discussion Who rules the internet?

Annual Internet Research Conference

Each year the Association of Internet Researchers organises a key event – the annual Internet Research conference. This conference brings together hundreds of academics, researchers, graduate students and other participants for a interdisciplinary, multi-methodological look at the Internet. The conference has developed a reputation for being friendly, welcoming of diverse opinions and broad in its scope. The conference aims to gather together leading scholars and help set directions for research within disciplines, as well as in interdisciplinary ventures. We encourage all Internet researchers to attend.


The event will be hosted by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research. Cornelius Puschmann is the AoIR 2016 Program Chair, while Wolfgang Schulz, Christian Katzenbach, Christane Matzen, and Larissa Wunderlich make up the local organizing committee.

Association of Internet Researchers

Event date

05.10.2016 - 08.10.2016 ical | gcal


Wird noch bekanntgegeben || to be announced


Cornelius Puschmann, Dr.

Associated Researcher: The evolving digital society


This high-profile lecture series thrives to develop a European perspective on the processes of transformation that our societies are currently undergoing.


Once a month we publicly discuss the impact of digitalisation on the society. Therefore we invite special guests and engage in a dialogue with the audience.


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