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Researching Social Media governance and freedom of expression – Lunch talk mit Chiara Poletti

Am 6. September findet ein öffentlicher Brown-bag Lunch in der Küche des Instituts statt. Chiara Poletti, Forscherin an der School of Social Sciences an der Universität Cardiff, beschäftigt sich mit Social Media Governance und Meinungsfreiheit. Die Veranstaltung findet auf englisch statt, weitere Informationen und die Möglichkeit zur Anmeldung untenstehend.

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Lunch talk with Chiara Poletti: Researching Social Media governance and freedom of expression
Wednesday, 6 September 2017 · 1pm · HIIG Kitchen

Since their creation, Social Media Platforms’ (SMPs) power in the digital space has grown exponentially. SMPs are today one of the major gateway for information and intermediary of expression. However, their centrality and massive use are posing serious challenges to freedom of expression. Regulation of illegal or abusive content, censorship, surveillance, and the privatisation of communication policies are among the most controversial issues that academics, politicians, technologists and civil society are tackling.

Can SMPs be a space of free expression? The question relates not only to diverse ideals of governance of digital spaces but also to the different regimes of freedoms and restrictions that can be realised through legislation and technology.

The topic involves heterogeneous actors (individuals, organisations, technologies) in a ‘hybrid’ socio-technological system that overcomes geographical borders and traditional social categories. How can we conceptualise and research such a complex and wide problem? In this presentation I would like to discuss a possible approach based on the adaptation of theoretical and methodological concepts developed in the context of material semiotic and controversy mapping, methods increasingly associated with the use of digital tools. In the presentation, I will raise some questions concerning conceptual problems and technical solutions developed in my research framework.

Chiara Poletti is a visiting fellow at HIIG and an ESRC funded PhD researcher in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University.

The lunch talk is open to the public, please register in advance via brownbag@hiig.de.

Datum der Veranstaltung

06.09.2017 | 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm ical | gcal


Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft,  Französische Straße 9,  10117 Berlin


Katrin Werner

Former Coordinator for Science Communication and Fundraising


Diese exklusive Vorlesungsreihe entwickelt eine europäische Perspektive zu den aktuellen Transformationsprozessen innerhalb unserer Gesellschaft.


Einmal im Monat laden wir ausgewählte Gäste ein, um gemeinsam mit dem Publikum über die Auswirkungen der Digitalisierung auf die Gesellschaft zu sprechen.


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