Storm in a teacup: predatory journals are irrelevant

A team of investigative journalists has discovered so-called “Predatory publishing”. Since then media has quickly picked up the term “fake science”. Yet, the phenomenon is well-known to researchers and only a very small number of scientists are affected. Arndt Leininger, fellow at the Chair for Political Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin, comments why the scandalisation…

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Removals of online hate speech in numbers

Six months after a new German law – the Network Enforcement Act – has come into full effect, social media platforms are tasked to report on illegal hate speech. But as these figures have been made available, what can we learn from them? HIIG researcher Kirsten Gollatz, HIIG fellow Martin J. Riedl as well as…

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The difficulty of regulating “fake news”

In early 2018, President Macron announced a law against fake news. This was triggered by the dissemination of false information during the election campaign and the general fear that they could lead to an increasing distortion of political discourse in the Internet. The government’s draft has been available since May 2018 and it is now…

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Is there (digital) life after death?

Yes, at least for your digital persona according to the German Federal Court of Justice [1]. The judges found that a social media account is hereditary. Social media accounts are to be treated as analog diaries. Would this mean that your heirs may access the data of your dating apps? In Germany, it passes via Karlsruhe The…

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What is digital constitutionalism?

Over the past few decades, the incessant development of digital technology and its disruptive impact on contemporary society have affected the relative equilibrium of the constitutional ecosystem. A series of normative counteractions are emerging to face the challenges of digital technology and restore a condition of relative equilibrium. Edoardo Celeste argues that digital constitutionalism is…

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