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Juni 2019

Die Grenzen des Sagbaren: Wer bestimmt die Regeln des öffentlichen Diskurses im Netz?

What rules structure our online world? How it is decided what is allowed online? And how do social actors behave? These questions will be discussed at the 10th Hamburg Media Symposium of MA HSH, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and the Leibniz Institute for Media Research on 6 June 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. Invitation/programme as pdf, Registration is required.
Today, billions of people not only exchange holiday pictures on the Internet, but also spread false reports and hate comments. Thus, they influence the themes and tone of public discourse. With the Network Enforcement Act (NEA), the state has introduced rules for providers of social networks concerning the handling of user complaints about hate crimes and other criminal content on the Internet. Since its introduction, however, the law has met with criticism because it has led platforms to rigid deletions, thus restricting Internet users' freedom of expression. Social media and platforms, for their part, try to regulate content with their own community standards. So, who and what determines what we actually get to see online?
After one and a half years of experience with the NEA and initial reports from the companies concerned on its implementation, an analysis is necessary. Does the law work? Have the expectations attached to it been fulfilled or have the fears associated with it come true? Are other types of standards more appropriate? Would the standards of the companies alone be sufficient? What about the protection of the freedom of expression of Internet users - and with the protection of Internet users from the opinions of others? In short: Which rules structure our online world? How is it determined what is possible? And how do social actors behave?
We are pleased to welcome you to the 10th Hamburg Media Symposium of MA HSH, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and the Leibniz Institute for Media Research. And in view of the growing digital public sphere, we are looking forward to working with you to ascertain the fundamentals of responsible media policy.


1:30 p.m.
Arrival | Registration
2:00 p.m.   
Welcome Address
Diana Rickwardt, Vice President, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

2:10 p.m.  
Introduction: Regeln für die Medienwelt von heute [Regulations for the Media World Today]
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz, Director, Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI), professor of Media Law and Public Law including Theoretical Foundations at the Faculty of Law at Universität Hamburg
2:20 p.m.
Part 1: Zwischen Gesetz und gesetztem Standard: Erfahrungen mit dem NetzDG [Between Law and Set Standard: Experiences with the NetzDG] (15-minute lectures, followed by discussion with the audience)
  • Wirkung des NetzDG: Konzept und Umsetzung [Impact of NEA: Concept and Implementation]: Frank Meixner, Head of the unit 'General Issues', Division VIII Network Enforcement Act; Concumer Protection, Federal Office of Justice
  • Filterpflichten nach dem NetzDG aus Praxissicht [Filter Obligations According to NEA from a Practical Point of View]: Dr. Arnd Haller, Head of Legal, Google (Northern Europe)
  • Die Umsetzung des NetzDG bei Facebook [The Implementation of NEA at Facebook]: Marie-Teresa Weber | Public Policy Manager, Facebook
  • Die MA HSH als „Trusted Flagger“: ein Erfahrungsbericht [The MA HSH as "Trusted Flagger": A Progress Report]: Thomas Fuchs, Director, Medienanstalt Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein (MA HSH)
  • Comeback? Deutsche Gerichte und die Wiederherstellung gelöschter Internet-Inhalte [Comeback? German Courts and the Recovery of Deleted Internet Content]: Dr. Matthias C. Kettemann, LL.M. (Harvard), Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
3:45 p.m.
Coffee Break | Commerzsaal
4:15 p.m.
Part 2: Inhaltsmanagement in der Praxis: Wie verhalten sich die Akteure? [Content Management in Practice: How Do the Actors Behave?] (10-minute impulse lectures and subsequent discussion round)
  • Martin Drechsler, CEO, The German Association for Voluntary Self-Regulation of Digital Media service providers (FSM)
  • Merlin Koene, Partner, fischerAppelt, advisors GmbH
  • Claus Grewenig, Head of Media Policy, Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland GmbH
  • Chairing and résumé: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz 
5:45 p.m.
Conclusion | Merkur-Terrasse on the Roof of the Chamber of Commerce

Infos zur Veranstaltung


Handelskammer Hamburg
Adolphsplatz 1
20457 Hamburg

Contact person

Prof. Dr. Matthias C. Kettemann, LL.M. (Harvard)
Senior Researcher "Regulatory Structures and the Emergence of Rules in Online Spaces"

Prof. Dr. Matthias C. Kettemann, LL.M. (Harvard)

Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

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