Record Number of Submissions to the AoIR2016 "Internet Rules" 5.-8. Oct 2016 in Berlin

640 proposals for papers, panels, workshops, roundtables, and other events for the AoIR 2016 have been submitted. The 17th annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers ​is a transdisciplinary gathering of scholars interested in the importance of networked technologies in social processes. It will be hosted by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and the Hans-Bredow-Institut for Media Research. The conference will take place at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany on 5 – 8 October 2016.   »»


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.   »»

Prof Anne S. Y. Cheung as Gurst Researcher at the Institute

Anne S. Y. Cheung,professor at the University of Hong Kong, is Guest Researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institut in July, 2015. Her visit is supported by a DAAD grant, and her research project is on Big Data and Consumer Surveillance.   »»

Net Children 2020 – Growing up with Media

The European Expert Conference on Media Education and Child Protection took place on 16/17 April 2015, Ellington Hotel Berlin, hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) and the Hans-Bredow-Institut. 240 Experts from 34 countries were discussing about digital media's new challenges and how to suppoert children in their roles as users needing protection, as media consumers and as responsible citizens of the future. The aim of the conference was to develop a “Net Children 2020 – Growing up with Media” roadmap proposing specific future actions to foster media education and the protection of children and youths at the national and European levels. The participants were called upon to play an active part in drafting this roadmap and to contribute their individual skills and standpoints.   »»


Radio and New Media Technologies: An Asian Perspective

Hamburg, 07.06.2016. Lecture by K. Padmakumar, Head of the Department of Corporate Communication at the University of Manipal, Indien, about the Future of Radio, at the Universität Hamburg, Senatssitzungssaal, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, 2. OG.Participation free, registration required   »»

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   »»


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)   »»

Annual Report 2014/2015 published

The Annual Report has now been published in a new design. It informs about the research programmes, areas of competence, co-operations and transfer activities of the institute in the research year 2014/2015. You can download it here [pdf, 4 MB]   »»



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