The symposium, which was originally planned for 10 June 2020 and is organized by the HBI in cooperation with the Medienanstalt Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein (MA HSH) and the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, is focused on the current draft laws on hate speech and possible "collateral damage."
When: 26 October 2020, starting at 1:30 p.m.
Where: SQUARE HSBA Innovation HUB, Adolphsplatz 6, 20457 Hamburg (Attention, not as usual in the Chamber of Commerce, but across from it!)
How: Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. You can find the links to the programme and the registration here from September 2020.
The federal government has initiated drafts for a law against hate and right-wing extremism as well as for an amendment of the social media law "NetzDG" (Network Enforcement Act, NEA). In addition, a new law for the protection of minors is to respond to risks for children on the Internet, which will make the platforms more aware of their duty of precaution. New regulations are also being prepared at European level to address international platforms.
Many welcome the fact that the state is (finally) taking action and is not shying away from regulating major platforms. However, this raises some very fundamental questions:
- Does the control of communication really solve the social problems behind hateful communication on the Internet?
- Who bears responsibility in this context, and what can we expect from platform providers?
- How can legal measures be taken to safeguard the civil liberties of communicating citizens?
- What other possibilities are there for advocating more civility in online discussions?
We would like to discuss this topic with you. The symposium follows on from last year's one, which dealt with the limits of what can be said. This year, the focus will be on state protection mechanisms and possible "collateral damage."
We look forward to welcoming you to the 11th Hamburg Media Symposium. Further information on the programme will be available HERE in September.
Thomas Fuchs, Director, Medienanstalt Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein (MA HSH)
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz, Director, Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Adrian Ulrich, Head of Innovation and Environment Division, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce