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9th Hamburg Media Symposium

9th Hamburg Media Symposium

The 9th Hamburg Media Symposium, organised by the Hans-Bredow-Institut for Media Research, the Medienanstalt Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein (MA HSH) and the Chamber of Commerce, focused on the topic of media diversity on 7 June 2018.The video documentation will be available soon.

Diversity is the keyword of media order. With digitalisation and possible individualisation, however, offers, their distribution and their use have changed to such an extent that new questions of diversity arise. Are there new diversity risks, and how can they be addressed? For example, should the design of recommendation systems require users to be offered a variety of options? Is there a need for diversity of recommendation systems and could those who are especially focused on “public value” play a role? What is the idea of diversity based on and how could it be technically programmed?

Based on current research findings, these questions were discussed at the symposium . The focus was on the possibility to realise diversity in the design of technologies the future, i.e. “diversity by design”.


1.30 p.m.
2.00 p.m.
Welcome Address
Diana Rickwardt, Vice President of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce
Thomas Fuchs, Director Medienanstalt Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein (MA HSH), Coordinator of the expert committee “Netze, Technik, Konvergenz [Network, Technology, Convergence]” of the medienanstalten
2.15 p.m.
“Vielfalt und gesellschaftlicher Zusammenhalt [Diversity and Social Cohesion]”
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz, Director Hans-Bredow-Institut, Professor for Media Law, Public Law and Legal Theory, Universität Hamburg
Part 1: Was bedeutet Vielfalt und wozu ist sie gut? [What Does Diversity Mean and What Is It Good For?]
2.30 p.m.
Zwischen Individualisierung und Vielfaltssicherung: Vielfalt aus demokratietheoretischer Perspektive [Between Individualisation and Protecting Pluralism from the Perspective of Democratic Theory]
Prof. Dr. Natali Helberger, Institute for Information Law (IvIR), University of Amsterdam

3.00 p.m.
Vielfalt aus Sicht der Informatik [Diversity from the Perspective of Informatics]
Paul Solbach, Founder, Praise

3.30 p.m.
Praxisbeispiel: Vielfalt im Journalismus – Entwicklung einer App für die Bremer Stadtöffentlichkeit [Practical Example: Diversity in Journalism – Development of an App for Bremen’s Urban Public]
Prof Dr. Wiebke Loosen / Julius Reimer, Hans-Bredow-Institut
Taking Questions from the Audience
4.00 p.m.
Coffee Break
4.30 p.m.
Part 2: Vielfalt aus Sicht der Praxis [Diversity from a Practical Perspective]
  • Robert Amlung, ZDF Digital Strategie
  • Hans Evert, Head of Editorial Germany, Springer/upday GmbH
  • David Hein, Senior Manager TV Licensing, Hubert Burda Media / BurdaNews
Roundtable (Chair: Wolfgang Schulz)  
5.30 p.m.
Reception/Concluding the Day
Merkur-Terrasse [Mercury Terrace] on the Roof of the Chamber of Commerce


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