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Deep Dives Upgrade Democracy Bertelsmann

Digital Platforms: Alternative Models and Designs

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society organises a five-part impulse series on the topic of digital platforms together with the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Upgrade Democracy Team. Topics like current governance challenges and alternative solutions for the democratisation of online communication platforms will be discussed.

The Deep Dives tackle the following questions: How can we ensure that the rules and guidelines of digital platforms are fair, inclusive and safe for all users? What alternative models can be used to moderate content on social platforms to meet the requirements of freedom of speech and expression? How can stakeholders in society be involved in public interest decision-making processes on digital platforms?

Deep Dive Format

The discussions will be conducted under Chatham House Rules. For each Deep Dive, we will invite two keynote speakers and approximately 15 participating experts. After each event, an impulse paper will be published that summarises the most important aspects of the discussion.

Impulse Papers (German)

Impulse #1 – Decentralization as Democratization: Mastodon instead of Platform Power

Impulse #2 – Potentials of Small Tech: What can we learn from the small platforms?

Impulse #3 – Advice from the advisory board: Potential of platform advisory boards

Impulse #4 – Threats to democracy: Climate misinformation and gendered disinformation

Impulse #5 – The EU Elections 2024: How to build resilience against disinformation campaigns on social platforms 

Activities

Deep Dive 1 | Decentralisation as Democratisation: Mastodon instead of platform power

The first Deep Dive deals, among other things, with how decentralised networks should be financed in the future and how spaces can be created for marginalised groups.

18 April 2023 – Zoom

Deep Dive 2 | Potentials of Small Tech: What can we learn from the small platforms?

The second Deep Dive focuses on smaller platforms (Small Tech) in order to shed light on the requirements of freedom of speech and expression on the internet.

16 May 2023 – Zoom

Deep Dive 3 | Advice from the advisory board: Potential of platform advisory boards

The third Deep Dive discusses the potentials of platform councils as a meaningful advisory tool for private platform companies. The following variables are emphasized: the inclusive design of the process and the multi-stakeholder approach.

27 June 2023 – Zoom

Deep Dive 4 | Climate misinformation and gender related disinformation

The fourth Deep Dive explores which strategies and tactics can be successful in addressing gender-based and climate misinformation, on a legal, societal, corporate, or community level.

20 July 2023 – Zoom

Community Voting

22 August 2023 – Zoom

Closing Event

12 September 2023 – Zoom

Working paper

Berger, C., Freihse, C., Hofmann, V., Kettemann, M. C., Mosene, K. (2023). Dezentralisierung als Demokratisierung: Mastodon statt Plattformmacht. Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society & Bertelsmann Foundation. Publication details

Berger, C., Freihse, C., Hofmann, V., Kettemann, M. C., Mosene, K. (2023). Potenziale von kleineren Plattformen: Was können wir von ihnen lernen? Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society & Bertelsmann Foundation. Publication details

Berger, C., Freihse, C., Hofmann, V., Kettemann, M. C., Mosene, K. (2023). Rat beim Beirat: Potenzial von Plattformbeiräten. Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society & Bertelsmann Foundation. Publication details

Berger, C., Freihse, C., Hofmann, V., Kettemann, M. C., Mosene, K. (2023). Bedrohungen für die Demokratie: Klima-Fehlinformationen und geschlechtsspezifische Desinformation. Humboldt Institut for Internet and Society & Bertelsmann Foundation. Publication details

Berger, C., Freihse, C., Hofmann, V., Kettemann, M. C., Mosene, K. (2023). EU-Wahlen 2024: Wie wir resilienter gegen Desinformationskampagnen auf sozialen Plattformen werden. Humboldt Institut for Internet and Society & Bertelsmann Foundation. Publication details

Organisation of events

The EU Elections 2024: How to build resilience against disinformation campaigns on social platforms
The EU Elections 2024: How to build resilience against disinformation campaigns on social platforms. 22.08.2023. Online, Berlin, Germany. Co-Organised by: Bertelsmann Stiftung (National) Further information

Vincent Hofmann, Katharina Mosene, Matthias C. Kettemann

Threats to democracy: Climate misinformation and gendered disinformation
Threats to democracy: Climate misinformation and gendered disinformation. 20.07.2023. Online, Berlin, Germany. Co-Organised by: Bertelsmann Stiftung (National) Further information

Vincent Hofmann, Katharina Mosene, Matthias C. Kettemann

Rat beim Beirat: Potenzial von Plattformbeiräten
Rat beim Beirat: Potenzial von Plattformbeiräten. 27.06.2023. Online, Berlin, Germany. Co-Organised by: Bertelsmann Stiftung (National) Further information

Vincent Hofmann, Katharina Mosene, Matthias C. Kettemann

Potenziale von kleineren Plattformen: Was können wir von ihnen lernen?
Potenziale von kleineren Plattformen: Was können wir von ihnen lernen?. 16.05.2023. Online, Berlin, Germany. Co-Organised by: Bertelsmann Stiftung (National) Further information

Vincent Hofmann, Katharina Mosene, Matthias C. Kettemann

Cooperation & Duration

 DurationApril 2023 – September 2023
 Cooperation partnerUpgrade Democracy of BertelsmannStiftung

 

                     

CONTACT

Katharina Mosene

Associated Researcher: Research and event cooperations at Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | HBI

Matthias C. Kettemann, Prof. Dr. LL.M. (Harvard)

Head of Research Group and Associate Researcher: Global Constitutionalism and the Internet

PART OF THE RESEARCH GROUP

globaler konstitutionalismus

Global Constitutionalism and the Internet

The Global Constitutionalism and the Internet research group focuses on new legal and institutional approaches to transnational and global governance.