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August 2020

Is a More Democratic Internet possible? GIGA-Forum in cooperation with the German Institute for Global and Area Studies

This GIGA Forum, a joint event organized by the HBI and the Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg from 4.00  to 5:30 pm, analyses the development of the Internet and its reform process, reveals potential pitfalls, and sheds light on the prospects of reformed global regulation of the Internet. Registration required. Once you have successfully registered you will receive your personal participation link and further information by email before the online event starts.

In summer 2020, Germany will present to the United Nations suggestions for the reform of the global cooperation infrastructure. At the core of this process rest the questions: Who will decide on the rules and development of the Internet? Will it be states? States in cooperation with the private sector and civil society? Given the political, societal, and economic importance of the Internet, this reform will be a crucial turning point coming to define the future of global communication and cooperation. Germany’s contribution to this process alongside the role of the countries of the Global South will be essential for a people-oriented and sustainable digitalisation.


Wednesday, 19 August 2020 | 4:00 p.m.

Introduction and moderation:

PD Dr. Matthias C. Kettemann is Research Program Head at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI) in Hamburg, Germany.

Dr. Rudolf Gridl is Head of the Division “Internet Governance and International Digital Dialogue” in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in Berlin, Germany.

Dr. Julia Pohle is Senior Researcher in the Research Group “Politics of Digitalization“ at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), Germany.

Prof. Dr. Bert Hoffmann is Lead Research Fellow at the Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg, Germany.

We request that you register for this event. Registration is free.
Once you have successfully registered you will receive a confirmation email. If you don’t receive this mail (be sure to check your spam folder), please contact events@giga-hamburg.de.

You will receive your personal participation link and further information by email before the online event starts.


Infos zur Veranstaltung


All registered participants will receive further information with details on the online event and a link to participate.


Annika Höft, M.Sc.
Forschungstransfer und Veranstaltungsplanung

Annika Höft, M.Sc.

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