This book project, drawn up in the run-up to the Internet Governance Forum organised by Germany in November 2019, clears up misconceptions about the impact and reality of the Internet and explains fact-based, vividly and practically what science knows about Internet-based communication.
Everybody is talking about the Internet. But don't we all move in filter bubbles and just read fake news? Are we going to let bots tell us what to think? Can data monopolies no longer be broken? And is the global South finally lost? No, no, no - and no. And yet "Internet myths", i.e. misconceptions about the impact and reality of the Internet and Internet-based communication, are very popular.
However, there is a great deal of Internet research expertise and solid empirical research in Germany and around the world that could clear up the myths. A book is intended to remedy this situation by providing fact-based, descriptive and practical information. It is edited by Dr. Matthias C. Kettemann
and Dr. Stephan Dreyer
and financed by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy.
In a first step, the most common Internet myths will be collected by 21 May 2019
. If you would like to participate and perhaps contribute your expertise to the book, you will find an invitation (pdf)
and a link to a form
here. Out of the 100 suggestions collected, 50 myths will then be selected.
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