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Mai 2021

Law in the Algorithmic Society

Young researchers from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the HBI and their guests will discuss issues of "Law in the Algorithmic Society" as a part of the event series "Digital Ideas Lunch Series" from March, 3rd to May, 26th 2021. The access data for the Zoom event and the complete programme can be found here.

Ubiquitous data collection and analysis, automated decisions, machine learning-based profiling, micro-targeted advertisement, face recognition, natural language processing, platforms covering speech and commerce for billions of people, social media bots — the list of technological developments altering our social, political and societal existence is growing each year. At the heart of many of these developments sit algorithms. Algorithms constitute the foundation of what is often described as a new era, poignantly referred to as Information Capitalism or the Algorithmic Society.

In this Digital Ideas Lunch Series, we invite young scholars from around the world to share what they believe the most pressing issues are, how they identify problems, and what solutions they suggest as we move into the new era. We invite Master's and PhD students to get to know emerging research fields, to comment and to connect with world-leading institutions. In three of the sessions, senior researchers provide context and share recent research on the impact of algorithms.

Each session begins with a presentation by the speakers, followed by a comment of one of the students and a discussion. After the session, there will be an opportunity for networking.

The events are open to the public. For any questions please contact niklas.eder@hu-berlin.de


3 March - 26 May 2021, Wednesdays 12:00-13:00 CET

Lectures with HBI-Participants

3 March 2021 - 12:00–1:00 pm CET
Sovereignty, International Law and the Internet 
Anna Sophia Tiedeke,
Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut: "Are We Taking States (Too) Seriously? How The Cyberage Challenges The Subject/Object Distianction of Public International Law"
Rafael Bezerra Nunes: „Government-Mandated Internet Shutdowns"

14 April 2021 — 1:00–2:30 pm CET
Senior Panel II: Platform Governance and Content Moderation
Natali Helberger, Professor at University of Amsterdam: „Challenging Platform Power: Exploring New Governance Approaches for Big Tech“
Matthias C. Kettemann, Senior Researcher at Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut / Head of Research Group at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society: „Normfare: Ruling Platforms Can Be Dangerous“
Moderator: Jill Toh, PhD Candidate at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), Amsterdam University

5 May 2021 - 12:00–1:00 pm CET
The Power of Platforms
Amélie Pia Heldt, Researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut / Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society: "TBA - A Constitutional Perspective on Content Moderation"
Nikolas Guggenberger, Executive Director Yale Information Society Project: „Essential Facilities“

Infos zur Veranstaltung


Online via Zoom

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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