Senior Researcher/Postdoc in Media and Communication Law at Hans-Bredow-Institut

Hamburg, June 18, 2018. The Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research at the University of Hamburg is dedicated to excellent, innovative and independent research into the structures of mediated public communication and the transformations it is currently going through. We strive to generate cutting edge scientific knowledge, foster public debate, and inform policy. We are committed to interdisciplinarity, in…

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Employee empowerment or workers’ control? The use case of enterprise social networks

In the context of the digitization of the workplace, numerous companies are introducing digital platforms that are intended to strengthen employee participation. The implications of social media for the meaning of political engagement and participation has been widely addressed in the field of Internet studies. In the working environment, social networks have gained increasing attention…

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Digital trouble

We are constantly upset about our digital helpers. That should give us food for thought. When was the last time you got digitally annoyed? When Skype refused to work right before an important interview? When Spotify stuttered through your playlist? When Google Maps kept guiding you back into a traffic jam? While others float weightlessly…

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Network of Centers: Desk Swap with CCLP Haifa

As part of a desk swap program, our researcher Amélie Heldt spent two weeks at the Center for Cyber Law and Policy (CCLP), a partner institute at the University of Haifa, in early May 2018. The stay served the institutional exchange between members of the European Hub of the Network of Centers (NoC), which was…

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A constitution for social media?

To comply with the impending GDPR rules, social media platforms are asking users to accept their new privacy policies. In light of the recent scandal involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, why should users still trust private companies and accept terms unilaterally set by them? Should we rather need to craft a constitution for social media?…

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