Although the Internet is already several decades old, numerous myths entwine around the abstract space "cyberspace". Internet experts Matthias C. Kettemann and Stephan Dreyer have published a book that scientifically disenchants the 50 most common myths.
For the 200-page anthology "Busted! The Truth about the 50 Most Common Internet Myths", Stephan Dreyer and Matthias C. Kettemann have asked Internet experts from America, Africa, Asia and Europe to analyse the most common and powerful Internet myths and put them to the test for their truthfulness. Among other things, it explains why the Internet is not a legal vacuum, that the Internet can very well forget and that the Internet is often said to have more emancipatory potential than it can actually achieve.
In the podcast, the editors of the book tell host Johanna Sebauer more about the project and explain some of the myths.
The book will be presented on 27 November 2019 at the Internet Governance Forums 2019
, the world's largest UN internet conference, which will take place for the first time in Berlin. At the conference, the book will also be distributed as a giveaway to all visitors.
From 25 November 2019, the content will also be available online at internetmythen.de and internetmyths.eu.
PD Mag. Dr. Matthias C. Kettemann
is senior researcher and head of the research programme "Regulatory Structures and Emergence of Rules in Online Spaces" at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI). He investigates how rules for new forms of social understanding emerge in digital spaces, especially in social networks.
Dr. Stephan Dreyer
is senior researcher for media law and media governance at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI). His research interests are the regulatory aspects of mediated communication in a datafied society. He is speaker of the research programme "Transformation of Public Communication" at the HBI.
"Busted! The Truth about the 50 Most Common Internet Myths"
From 27 November 2019 online at
Dr. Stephan Dreyer
PD Dr. Matthias Kettemann, LL.M (Harvard)