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Martin J. Riedl

Martin Riedl is doctoral student and teaching assistant at the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. In the summer of 2018 he was a Visiting Fellow in the research program “The evolving digital society” at HIIG and is now Associated Researcher exploring Internet governance from a transatlantic perspective.

In his research Martin primarily contemplates questions concerning content moderation, the labor conditions of moderators of user-generated content, as well as policy and governance of social media platforms, and the German Network Enforcement Act.

Martin’s research areas comprise (1) incivility in online news comments, journalistic professionalism and issues of social media sharing of online news content, (2) editorial work, governance and policy decisions at social media enterprises, and (3) the analysis of content moderation – with a particular emphasis on work conditions and practices of moderators, ethical aspects of outsourcing and crowdsourcing, and health-related aspects of emotional wellness.

Martin has a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and media management (Vienna), a Master’s in communication studies from Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, and a Master’s in social sciences from Humboldt University of Berlin.

Journal articles and conference proceedings

Chen, G.M., Riedl, M.J., Shermak, J., Brown, J., & Tenenboim, O. (2019). Breakdown of democratic norms? Understanding the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election through online comments. Social Media + Society. Publication details

Chen, G. M., Ng, Y. M. M., Riedl, M. J., & Chen, V. (2019). Gaming the news: Exposure to online political quizzes boosts interest in politics, political news, and political engagement. Journal of Information Technology and Politics. DOI: 10.1080/19331681.2019.1680475 Publication details

Kilgo, D.K., Ng, Y.M.M., Riedl, M.J. & Lacasa-Mas, I. (2018). Reddit’s veil of anonymity: Predictors of engagement and participation in media environments with hostile reputations. Social Media + Society. DOI: 10.1177/2056305118810216 Publication details

Vu, H.T., Jiang, L., Cueva Chacón, L.M., Riedl, M.J., Tran, D., & Bobkowski, P. (2018). What influences media effects on public perception? A cross-national study of comparative agenda setting. International Communication Gazette. DOI: 10.1177/1748048518817652 Publication details

Kilgo, D.K., Lough, K. & Riedl, M.J. (2017). Emotional appeals and news values as factors of shareworthiness in Ice Bucket Challenge coverage. Digital Journalism. DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2017.1387501 Publication details

Other publications

Riedl, M.J. (2019). Squeaky-clean internet – Martin Riedl about the well-being of content moderators, [Audio Podcast] Exploring digital spheres – a podcast by HIIG. Retrieved from: Publication details

Gollatz, K., Riedl, M. J. & Pohlmann, J. (2018). Removals of Online Hate Speech in Numbers. Digital Society Blog, HIIG Science Blog, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin, Germany. Cross-posted at Media Policy Project Blog, London School of Economics, London, UK. Publication details

Lectures and presentations

Weaponizing internet governance: Comparing the German Network Enforcement Act and FOSTA-SESTA in the United States
Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association (NCA), Freedom of Expression Division. Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, United States: 14.11.2019 Further information

Martin J. Riedl, Kirsten Gollatz, Jens Pohlmann.

Scoping new policy frameworks for local broadband networks
TPRC47: Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy. American University, Washington, D.C., United States: 20.09.2019 Further information

Sharon Strover, Martin J. Riedl, Selena Dickey

Hashtag #NSFW #Tumblr: What the Tumblr ban means for platform migration.
Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). Sheraton New Orleans, New Orleans, United States: 04.09.2019 Further information

Martin J. Riedl.

Responding to online disagreement comments: It’s not what you say, but how you say it
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual Conference, Newspaper and Online News Division. Sheraton Centre Toronto, Toronto, Canada: 08.08.2019 Further information

Gina M. Chen, Marc Ziegele, Martin J. Riedl, Pablo Jost, Teresa Naab.

Going against the flow: How incivility influences comment moderators
Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Mass Communication Division. Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, D.C., United States: 28.05.2019 Further information

Martin J. Riedl, Gina M. Chen, Kelsey N. Whipple.

Taming incivility in online comment streams
Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association (NCA), Mass Communication Division. Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, United States: 08.11.2018 Further information

Gina M. Chen, Martin J. Riedl, Q. Elyse Huang.

Who put the ‘social’ in social payment platforms? Re-reading Simmel and colleagues in light of the Cambrian explosion
Annual meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR). Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hotel, Montréal, Canada: 10.10.2018 Further information

Martin J. Riedl

Holding platforms accountable: Content moderation, Logan Paul, and good old pathetic dot
IPP2018: Internet, Policy and Politics 2018: Long Live Democracy?. Oxford Internet Institute, St. Anne's College, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom: 20.09.2018 Further information

Martin J. Riedl

Toward safer crowdsourced content moderation
6th ACM Collective Intelligence Conference. University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland: 07.07.2018 Further information

Brandon Dang, Martin J. Riedl, Matthew Lease

But Who Protects the Moderators? The Case of Crowdsourced Image Moderation
6th AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP 2018). University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland: 05.07.2018 Further information

Brandon Dang, Martin J. Riedl, Matthew Lease.

Organisation of events

Content Moderation and Platform Accountability
Content Moderation and Platform Accountability – Lunch talk with Martin J. Riedl. From 27.06.2018 to 27.06.2018. Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany (National) Further information

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Media appearances

Hey comment mods, you doin’ okay? A new study shows moderating uncivil comments reduces the moderator’s trust in news (18.07.2019). Nieman Lab
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Associate researcher: The evolving digital society


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