What rules structure our online world? How is determinded what works? And how do social actors behave?
Today, billions of people exchange not only holiday pictures, but also false reports, hostility and hate comments on the Internet. In this way, they also determine the themes and tone of public discourse. With the Network Enforcement Act (NetzDG), the state has attempted to create rules for the moderation of Internet content. However, since its introduction, the law has met with criticism because it has led platforms to rigid deleted content, thus restricting Internet users' freedom of expression. For their part, social media and platforms try to regulate content with their own community standards and general terms and conditions. So, who and what determines what we actually get to see online?
After one and a half years of experience with the NetzDG and initial reports from the companies concerned on its implementation, an inventory is required. Does the law work? Are other types of standards more appropriate? Would the general terms and conditions and standards of the companies alone be sufficient? What about the protection of Internet users' freedom of expression - and the protection of Internet users from opinions expressed by others?
We look forward to welcoming you to the 10th Hamburg Media Symposium. In view of the growing digital public sphere, we are looking forward to working with you to ascertain the fundamentals of responsible media policy.
Further information on the symposium programme will be available here shortly.
You will find a registration form on the MA-HSH
website from April onwards.