We welcome Laura Fichtner, research associate at the Ethics in Information Technology working group at the University of Hamburg, to this Leibniz Media Lunch Talk. In her presentation, she will talk about the regulation of social media as an arena for democratic reorganisation.
Moderation: Dr. Tobias Mast
12 to 1 p.m.
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Taking the public debate around the Network Enforcement Act as a starting point, Laura Fichtner analyses the regulation of social media as an arena of democratic reordering. A central question in this debate has been how both the moderation of content on social media and its regulation affect the preservation of democratic values on the internet. Fichtner shows that this controversy also offered the opportunity to renegotiate political structures and the relationship between citizens, state institutions and private platforms under the precept of democratic legitimacy. She concludes by reflecting on the extent to which regulations do justice to such democratic re-negotiations and what we can learn from them.
Laura Fichtner is a researcher at the Ethics in Information Technology Group at the University of Hamburg, where she conducts research on platform governance and technology policy. Based on the public coverage of the Network Enforcement Act, she analyses the interactions between content moderation on social networks, democratic values, and political structures in her recently completed dissertation. She also completed a research semester at Harvard University and a research stay at the Fundação Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro. Laura studied electrical engineering and information technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and philosophy of technology and science at the University of Twente in the Netherlands.