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Wrapping-up #AoIR2016

18 October 2016

Early October 2016 was a blast for internet research in Berlin. We present you the highlights! Together with our partners at Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research we hosted #AoIR2016 – the prestigous annual conference of the Association for Internet Researchers (AoIR). 2016 was the first time this gathering of the best in internet research was taking place in Germany – and immediatedly it became the biggest conference of its sort: Almost 600 participants from 30 countries, more than 100 sessions. Berlin was buzzing.

Pre-Conferences

Already on Wednesday, the pre-conference workshops brought together more than 250 people in 7 workshops and colloquiums – and a squeaking chair.

 

Keynote

On Wednesday night, more than 500 internet researchers gathered at Humboldt University’s Audimax for the kick-off of the conference, featuring a keynote by Jose van Dijck on ‘platform society’.

 

 


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Panel

On Thursday night it was time for the public panel. Playing along the conference theme, Kate Crawford, Fieke Jansen, Carolin Gerlitz discussed ‘Who rules the internet?”. The Big 5, algorithms and artificial intelligence, agency and politics were key ingredients of a lively debate. And some of us even met robots on our way back home.


(Video starts at 1:06:00)

 

Sessions

From Thursday through Saturday the conference featured not less than 100 sessions on all things of internet research.

Reception

And there’s a party. As the AoIR prez emphasised in three of the 99 conference planning sessions: “AoIR people want to dance!” Berlin knows for sure now: They do!

Impressions (Our Top 25 Pictures)

Find more pictures on our facebook page.

Aftermath

https://twitter.com/inbarmd/status/784496487283695616

Press Coverage

Süddeutsche Zeitung
Tagesspiegel
Guardian
Deutschlandradio Kultur
Berliner Zeitung

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