Kirsten Gollatz is Project Manager at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin where she has worked on projects in the field of Policy and Governance since she joined the institute in 2011. She is currently conducting research with a focus on the conditions for exercising freedom of expression on the internet and the relevance of private transnational governance, as well as online participation.
Working at the interface between HIIG’s research agenda and a growing international research community, Kirsten coordinates the institute’s academic visitor programs.
Since 2014 Kirsten has been writing her thesis as an external doctoral student with the University of Zurich. In her thesis she investigates the evolution of transnational governance regimes that private social media companies apply to user-generated content on their platforms.
Ongoing and past research projects
- Governance by numbers and the power of rankings in governing Internet Freedom. This newly developed project examines the ordering capacities of measuring devices, such as comparative numerical rankings, in constructing a transnational governance area frequently referred to as “Internet Freedom”.
- Researcher with the Ranking Digital Rights Project, examining polices and practices of European internet and telecommunications companies as well as their legal and political context of operations in relation to international freedom of expression and privacy norms.
- Research Contributor to the UNESCO/Internet Society case study report with the title Fostering Freedom Online: the Role of Internet Intermediaries (PDF).
- Case Study Writer examining the model of the German parliamentary Internet Enquete Commission as part of case study series on Multistakeholder as Governance Groups by the Network of Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers (NoC).
Read and discuss the case study and project synthesis report.
From November 2015 until May 2016 Kirsten joined the Governance Laboratory (The GovLab) at New York University as a Visiting Fellow. The fellowship has been supported by a research stipend from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
In summer 2012, Kirsten was a research intern at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Before that, she worked as a research assistant to the project field Cultural Sources of Newness at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB). Kirsten has a Master’s Degree in Media and Political Communication from the Free University Berlin. While attending university, Kirsten worked as a research assistant for enterprises, journalists, media industry associations and research organizations. She was involved in a variety of projects focusing on emerging media and internet policies and media economical issues, particularly on governance models in the context of a disruptive structural shift in media and journalism.
Project Manager: Internet Policy and Governance
Lectures and Presentations:Platform Governance as Reflexive Coordination – Mediating Nudity, Hate Speech and Fake News on Facebook
AoIR 2017 Networked Publics . Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR). University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia: 19.10.2017
Christian Katzenbach, Kirsten GollatzPolitics of Discourse: Fake News Controversy in Germany and how it solidifies in new institutional arrangements
AoIR 2017 Networked Publics (Session: Misinformation, Propaganda and "Fake News": A European Perspective). Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR). University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia: 19.10.2017
Kirsten Gollatz, Jonas Kaiser, Cornelius PuschmannThe turn to artificial intelligence in content moderation
Digital-born Media Carnival (Session: Understanding Complex Systems). SHARE Foundation, OSCE Mission to Serbia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. Pjaca od Kina, Kotor, Montenegro: 17.07.2017
Kirsten GollatzMeasuring User Rights Online: Numerical Rankings as a Form of Governing Internet Freedom
Annual Conference of the Canadian Sociological Association at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2017 (Session: Sociology of quantification, commensuration, statistics, and valuation). Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada: 29.05.2017
Kirsten GollatzMy place, my rules! Wie Plattformen entscheiden was wir online sagen können
Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften . Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften e.V.. Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany: 11.06.2016
Kirsten GollatzContinous Ordering and Algorithmic Translation: How STS opens up and re-assembles Internet Governance
Internet Research 16 . Association or Internet Research. ., Phoenix, USA: 23.10.2015
Christian Katzenbach, Kirsten Gollatz, Jeanette Hofmann"You own your content, but…" - Tracing changing notions of ownership over user content in social media platform policies
Media Trends 2015: Power and Media: Ownership, Sponsorship, Censorship (Session: Panel 8. Users and Consumers). Webster Vienna Private University's Media Communications department. Webster Vienna Private University, Vienna, Austria: 12.09.2015
Kirsten GollatzInternet Governance – Komplexe Strukturen, reflexive Prozesse und deren Legitimität
Telemedicus Sommerkonferenz: Zwei Schritte vorwärts: Die Zukunft des Internetrechts (Session: Rough Consensus and Running Code). Telemedicus in Kooperation mit Internet & Gesellschaft Collaboratory, Hertie Stiftung, Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Humboldt Law Clinic Internetrecht. Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany: 30.08.2015
Kirsten GollatzBetween Coordination and Regulation: Conceptualizing Governance in Internet Governance
GigaNet 9th Annual Symposium (Session: THEORETICAL SESSION: Conceptualizing Internet governance). The Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet). Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Center, Istanbul, Turkey: 01.09.2014
Jeanette Hofmann, Christian, Katzenbach, Kirsten GollatzTerms & Conditions – it's ze law, stupid! Taking practical suggestions from German Constitutional Law
RightsCon Silicon Valley . access. Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco, USA: 03.03.2014
Kirsten Gollatz, Julian StabenCorporate Policies and Practices Shaping Private Speech Online
4th Symposium “Human Rights and Science” (Session: Human Rights and New Media). Human Rights Committee of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and Polish Academy of Sciences. Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland: 13.09.2013
Kirsten GollatzCommon Narrative Divergent Agendas: The Internet and Human Rights in Foreign Policy
1st International Conference on Internet Science of the Network of Excellence in Internet Science (EINS) (Session: Internet Science and Politics). EINS project, the FP7 European Network of Excellence in Internet Science. Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Brussels, Belgium: 10.04.2013
Ben Wagner, Kirsten Gollatz, Andrea CalderaroFacebook at a Tipping Point. Is there a need for a new valorization of privacy?
4th European Communication Conference on “Social Media – Global Voices”, ECREA 2012 . ECREA European Communication Research and Education Association. Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul, Turkey: 27.10.2012
Kirsten Gollatz, Alexander SängerlaubThe quasi-public Sphere of Online Platforms. Global Spaces for Free Expression?
ECREA 2012 Pre-Conference “Imposing Freedoms: The role of copyright, privacy and censorship governance in the re/definition of rights in digital media” (Session: Freedom and the media). Media Governance and Industries Research Group of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Vienna. Plato College of Higher Education, Istanbul, Turkey: 23.10.2012
Panels:Doing STS-informed Internet Governance Research
The Internet Rules, But How? A Science and Technical Studies Take on Doing Internet Governance (Pre-Conference Workshop, AoIR 2016). AoIR, Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Hans-Bredow-Institut. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany: 05.10.2016
Kirsten Gollatz, Christian Katzenbach, Jeanette HofmannVorstellung der Studie "Das Bürger-Internet: Neutralität ist nicht genug" und Diskussion
Das Bürger-Internet: Neutralität ist nicht genug. Netopia | Forum for the Digital Society. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany: 26.03.2015
Kirsten GollatzSession on Western Perspectives and Implications for Policy
Internet Freedom in Democratic Southeast Asia. German Marshall Fund of the United States. Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia: 03.10.2013
Moderation of Workshops and Panels:This Panel May Contain Sensitive Content: Automated Filtering and the Future of Free Expression Online
RightsCon Toronto 2018. access now. Beanfield Centre at Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: 17.05.2018
Kirsten GollatzDigital Transformation of Media Industry
Digital-born Media Carnival. SHARE Foundation, OSCE Mission to Serbia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. Masera Club, Kotor, Montenegro: 15.07.2017
Kirsten GollatzBedingungen für die Ausübung von Meinungsfreiheit im Internet
Gefährdet Big Data unsere Demokratie?. Vereinigung Deutscher Wissenschaftler VDW e.V., Ev. Akademie Villigst. Ev. Tagungsstätte Haus Villigst, Schwerte, Germany: 15.10.2016
Kirsten GollatzIntermediary liability, jurisdiction and extremist content
'The Role of Social Media and Internet Companies in Responding to Violent Online Extremism'. Network of Excellence for Research in Violent Online Political Extremism (Vox-Pol). Central European University, School of Public Policy, Budapest, Hungary: 05.03.2015
Organisation of Events:Data Sprint on Digital Rights in the Telecom Sector
23.05.2017. Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany. Co-Organised by: Ranking Digital Rights, The WikiRate Project e.V. (International)
Lisa Gutermuth, Kirsten GollatzAlgorithmic Governance
Early Stage Researcher Colloquium on Internet and Society 2015. 24.09.2015. Social Science Research Centre, Berlin, Germany (International)
Christian Katzenbach, Dr., Kirsten GollatzFrom Disobedient Practices to Global Governance Arrangements: Academic perspectives on digital phenomena
Discussion at the HIIG as part of the Federal Foreign Office's Visitors' Program. 07.08.2014. Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany (International)
Kirsten Gollatz, Rüdiger Schwarz, Osvaldo Saldías, Dr., Theresa ZügerThe Internet and Human Rights: Building a free, open and secure Internet
From 13.09.2012 to 14.09.2012. German Federal Foreign Office, Berlin, Deutschland. Co-Organised by: Aarhus University, Human Rights Watch, Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany (International)