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Platform://Democracy

The project "Platform://Democracy: Platform Councils as Tools to Democratize Hybrid Online Orders" examines how the rules of discourse on platforms can be aligned with public values. It focuses on the following question: Can "platform councils" or other institutions ensure that public interests and democratic values are taken into account in the rule-making processes of platforms?

Background of the research project

Significant parts of our public discourse have shifted to digital platforms. Here, however, proven democratic principles cannot easily be translated to enable user participation in the design of private selection algorithms and moderation practices. The platforms themselves have become rule-makers, rule enforcers and judges of their decisions. Separation and separation of powers looks different. So what about our participation in communication-related decisions on digital platforms today?

Global best practice models

The project aims to analyse and synthesise the institutional frameworks of successful societal responses to hybrid governance regimes. This will be done through a global review of best practice models of integrating public interests back into private (and public) regimes, such as those that exist or existed in different countries in varying degrees, for example in the field of public broadcasting or the protection of minors.

A total of four regional research clinics and resulting studies will be conducted in the regions of Asia/Australia, the Americas, Africa and Europe.  They will be used for interdisciplinary research and normative evaluation of the possibility spaces of institutionalised social feedback mechanisms of private exercise of power.

Sounding Board

The project is accompanied by a large sounding board with members from politics, science and civil society.

 

Research Clinic Europe

In the clinic, participants will develop proposals on how to democratise online communication spaces and make their rules and practices more socially sustainable.

More information about the clinic, the participants and regional coordinators

Opening

10.11.2022, 3-5pm CET

Touchdown

24.11.2022, 9am-12pm CET

Final Results

06.12.2022., 1:30-2:30pm CET

Opening

20.01.2023, 8-10am CET

Touchdown

03.02.2023, 7-10am CET

Final Results

17.02.2023, 7-10am CET

Opening

20.01.2023, 2-4 pm CET

Touchdown

03.02.2023, 1-4pm CET

Final Results

21.02.2023, 1-4pm CET

Opening

03.02.2023, 7-9pm CET

Touchdown

17.02.2023, 6-9pm CET

Final Results

03.03.2023, 6-9pm CET

Press release on the project launch

Books

Mast, T., Kettemann, M. C., Dreyer, S., & Schulz, W. (Eds.) (2023). Digital Services Act / Digital Markets Act (DSA / DMA). Munich, Germany: C.H.Beck. Publication details

Golia, A., Kettemann, M. C., & Kunz, R. (2022). Digital Transformations in Public International Law (Beiträge zum ausländischen öffentlichen Recht und Völkerrecht). Baden-Baden, Germany: Nomos. DOI: 10.5771/9783748931638 Publication details

Journal articles and conference proceedings

Kettemann, M. C., Hofmann, V., Barthelmes, M., Koerrenz, N., Hinrichs, L. M., & Schleif, L. (2022). The Legal Framework of Online Parliamentary Election Campaigning – An Overview of the Legal Obligations of Parties and Platforms in Germany and the EU. How Platforms Respond to Human Rights Conflicts Online. Best Practices in Weighing Rights and Obligations in Hybrid Online Orders, 148-160. Publication details

Kettemann, M. C., & Fertmann, M. (2022). Platform-proofing Democracy – Social Media Councils as Tools to Increase the Public Accountability of Online Platforms. How Platforms Respond to Human Rights Conflicts Online. Best Practices in Weighing Rights and Obligations in Hybrid Online Orders, 97-113. Publication details

Kettemann, M. C., & Sekwenz, M. (2022). Pandemics and Platforms: Private Governance of (Dis)Information in Crisis Situations. How Platforms Respond to Human Rights Conflicts Online. Best Practices in Weighing Rights and Obligations in Hybrid Online Orders, 97-113. Publication details

Hofmann, V., Dinar, C., Kettemann, M. C., Hinrichs, L., Böke, J., & Gradulewski, M. (2022). The Power of App Stores and Their Normative Orders. How Platforms Respond to Human Rights Conflicts Online. Best Practices in Weighing Rights and Obligations in Hybrid Online Orders, 15-23. Publication details

Edited works

Kettemann, M. C. (ed.) (2022). How Platforms Respond to Human Rights Conflicts Online. Best Practices in Weighing Rights and Obligations in Hybrid Online Orders. Hamburg, Germany: Verlag Hans-Bredow-Institut. Publication details

Book contributions and chapters

Kettemann, M. C., & Rachinger, F. (2022). Internet, Right to. (pp. 322-328) Online: Elgar Encyclopedia of Human Rights. DOI: 10.4337/9781789903621.internet.right.to Publication details

Other publications

Kettemann, M.C. (2022). Designing Digital Democracy. Digital society blog. Publication details

Kettemann, M.C. (2022). Digitale Demokratie by Design: Was Habermas stört und Elon Musk freut. Te.Ma. Publication details

Francke, J. (2022). Plattformräte: Können sie digitale Plattformen zur Verantwortung drängen? Digital society blog. Publication details

Kettemann, M.C., Francke, J., Fertmann, M. (2022). Parlamente für Plattformen: Faire Regulierung für Online-Kommunikationsräume. turi2. Publication details

Duration & Funding

Duration2022-2023
FundingStiftung Mercator

 

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Contact

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

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

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