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Democracy and Data Capitalism. It Is Time to Reevaluate the Relationship between Media and Power.

Author: Hofmann, J.
Published in: WZB Report 2018, 31-33
Year: 2018
Type: Academic articles

The morning ritual of reading the newspaper is a thing of the past. Social media are increasingly shaping the public discourse, with far-reaching consequences for democracy. Social networks provide citizens with a new form of communicative power and simultaneously exploit their communication behavior as a data source. The paradox of strengthening and undermining human rights is a central point of friction in the relationship between democratic self-determination and digital business models.

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