Plenary Panel Discussion: Who Rules the Internet?

We are excited: This year's AoIR conference is already taking place next week and many outstanding scholars followed our invitation. Berlin will host one of the biggest internet research conferences ever.  While the tickets for the academic conference are quickly running out, you can still sign up for the conference's public panel discussion. Register now!

Panel Discussion "Who Rules the Internet?" with Kate Crawford, Fieke Jansen and Carolin Gerlitz, 6 October 2016, 7 – 9pm | doors open 6.30pm, Audimax der HU Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin. Registration   »»


Marta Portalés Oliva as Guest Researcher at the Institute

Since mid September 2017, Marta Portalés Oliva works as guest researcher at the institute  for three months. Marta Portalés Oliva is a PhD candidate at the “Gabinete de Comunicación y Educación” Research Group of the Journalism Department at the Communication Sciencies Faculty of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Her work at the institute will be in connection with the work group projects “Growing Up in Digital Media Environments”.   »»

Hamid Reza Akrami as Guest Researcher at the Institute

For a whole year, from July 2016 to July 2017, Hamid Reza Akrami from Teheran will stay at the institute as Guest Researcher. Hamid Reza Akrami is a media and social communications researcher and university lecturer. He has studied computer software engineering and social communications, which gives him dual qualification in the fields of communication technologies and new media. His work at the institute is in connection with the  EUKidsOnline project. He also helps the institute in administering the EUKidsOnline website and is looking for newer topics of research in the field.   »»

Online Usage of Europe's Children and Adolescents under Review

50 researchers from more the 30 countries were discussing online chances, risks and challenges for children and adolescents in Europe last week in Hamburg. The research network EU Kids Online (since 2006) is planning a second international representative survey, which allows comparative analysis with the data from the first survey (2010) and from the Net Children Go Mobile project (2013/2014). Currently, the network encompasses 33 countries.   »»

The Future of European Audiovisual Regulation

Hans-Bredow-Institut und IViR publish study for shaping a new European framework

The Hans-Bredow-Institute and the  Institute for Information Law (IViR, University of Amsterdam) have published a study on the future of European audiovisual media regulation. The study develops new ideas and recommendations for shaping a new European framework. A structural reform is favoured, as a response to digitization and convergence. The new framework should concentrate on general principles and be able to adapt and learn. Regulation should not be linked to types of services, but rather be developed by considering its goals, like protection of minors and consumer protection. Standards should be set allowing for effective regulation and coordination. Moreover by taking a 360-degree view on all relevant areas of regulation, it needs to become visible, where the European Law can offer leeway for to the member states’ own media policy.   »»

Multistakeholder as Governance Groups

New Study by Global Network of Internet and Society Centers

The Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC) and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University have released a new report on Multistakeholder Governance Groups, which informs the debate about Internet governance models and mechanisms. The report is the result of a globally-coordinated academic research effort among NoC participants and consists of twelve geographically and topically diverse case studies of governance structures, and a synthesis paper that summarizes key findings across these cases. The research examines multistakeholder governance groups with the goal of informing the future evolution of the Internet governance ecosystem. Building upon the NETmundial Principles and Roadmap, it contributes to current policy debates at the international level, including the Internet Governance Forum, the NETmundial Initiative, and the World Economic Forum.   »»


AoIR 2016: Internet Rules!

Berlin, 5–8 October 2016. The Hans-Bredow-Institut and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society will organize the 17th annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers. The AoIR 2016 ​is a transdisciplinary gathering of scholars interested in the importance of networked technologies in social processes. It will take place at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. For more details see the conference website   »»


M&K 2/2016 published

with a comparative study of the relationship between politics and journalism on a federal and State level, an article about the knowledge gaps of sports journalists on the subject of Doping, a review of the potentials and limitations of automated analysis of visual media content and a contribution to the discussion on the importance of communication studies for media practice and media policy. Contents

Twitter Friend Repertoires

Introducing a methodology to assess patterns of information management on Twitter, article by Jan-Hinrik Schmidt, published in First Monday.   »»

Published: M&K 1/2016

with articles on the so-called ‚Soccerization’ of German Television, a report on Transferring Knowledge into Action: A Motivational Research Perspective on Media Literacy; a study on the Need for Penalties against Facebook Content, and its Determinant; and an article about the Past 100 Years of Journalism, Media and Communication Studies in Germany. Contents

Published: M&K 4/2015

with articles about the Quality of different Search Engines, Communication Strategies in the Contradictory over Aircraft Noise, to the question "What is an Image?", about the "Classic in Media and Communications" Harry Pross and with a contribution to the discussion about the Moral of Academia and the Ethical Codex of the German DGPuK ... contents

Roadmap "Net Children 2020 – Growing up with Media"

A Roadmap of Challenges and Solutions for Media Education and Child Protection in Europe, based on the conference “Net Children 2020. Growing up with Media” in Berlin, April 16/17 in 2015, Download (pdf)   »»



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