August 2016

Digitaler Salon – Haters gonna hate?

Newspaper commentary columns have long since become the nation's punching bag. More and more disinhibited, indignant people write their hate speech on Facebook and even death threats on Twitter. Even if we cannot look behind every façade of the authors, we should nonetheless try to understand what constitutes this hatred. Who is to blame for this discharge of anger? The Internet?

Particularly in times of Pegida, Identitäre [right-wing ‘identity movement’], AfD and other right-wing populist movements, we would like to ask: where are the limits of freedom of expression and what do we do against this hatred on the Internet? We are looking for digital moral courage and strategies against Hate Speech: How do we organize ourselves against trolling trolls and angry enraged citizens? And who is responsible?

Katja Weber from DRadio Wissen discussed these questions with:

  • Cornelius Puschmann, Networks of Outrage, project leader at the HIIG
  • Sami David Rauscher, project manager, No Hate Speech Movement Deutschland
  • Anja Zimmer, Director of the Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg (mabb)
The introduction was given by Lydia Meyer, cultural scientiest and editor at Kooperative Berlin. Digitaler Salon – Haters gonna hate? was supported by the Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg.

Analogue | HIIG | Pretzels & Wine | Admission from 6:30 pm
Digital | #DigSal | Livestream via www.hiig.de
Radio | Every third Sunday of the month from 6:05 pm in the lecture hall on DRadio Wissen.

Every last Wednesday of the month our guests discuss 'questions regarding the networked present'. In our talk series, we shed light on network phenomena, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of technical changes and provide food for thought. Share your opinion before, during and after the show directly on our website, via social media or by postcard. The Digitaler Salon is a cooperation between DRadio Wissen and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, and is produced by Kooperative Berlin.

Infos zur Veranstaltung


Französische Straße 9
10117 Berlin

Contact person

Dr. Cornelius Puschmann
Senior Researcher Computational Social Science

Dr. Cornelius Puschmann

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

Tel. +49 (0)40 45 02 17 55
Fax +49 (0)40 45 02 17 77




Subscribe to our newsletter and receive the Institute's latest news via email.