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April 2020

Im Schatten von Corona: Pandemiebekämpfung durch digitale Medien in China und Europa

Leibniz Media Lunch Talk this time digital: Using the conference platform Zoom, the experts Kai von Carnap and Katja Drinhausen (both MERICS) as well as Jörg Pohle and Tina Krell (both HIIG) discuss the use of tracking technology in the fight against Covid-19 and compare the approaches in China and Europe. Short impulse presentations are given by the director of the HBI, Wolfgang Schulz, and Deniz Erden (HIIG). The Lunch Talk is organised jointly with the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS).

The lunch talk begins at 1:00 p.m.

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Plakat200428China has successfully used digital technologies in the fight against corona, which have made it easier to identify and track infected persons. As a result, it was possible to isolate those affected relatively quickly. The handling of personal, sensitive health data faces considerably less restrictive barriers in China than in Europe. However, tracking apps and the use of digital technologies to slow down the pandemic are also increasingly being discussed in Germany.

What does a regulatory framework look like to ensure that such technologies can be used in a data-efficient and privacy-compliant manner? What are the most relevant digital applications and initiatives at the moment and how does their legal framework look like? What is possible in China that is not possible in Europe, and where can we learn from each other?

Panel Participants

Kai von Carnap’s research focus revolves around technological trends and digital developments in China, with an expertise in cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology. Von Carnap gained experience as a Personal Assistant to Hong-Kong based photographer and video artist Luke Casey. He holds a double MA in Chinese-European Economics and Business Studies from the Berlin School of Economics and Law and the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics Chengdu, as well as a BA in Sinology and Economics from the Heidelberg University.

Katja Drinhausen studied Sinology, International Law and Chinese Law in Germany and China. Since 2018 she is a research assistant at MERICS. In her research she focuses on CCP governance and the development of law and civil society in China, with particular emphasis on digital governance and the social credit system. Prior to this, she spent more than 11 years in Beijing, where she worked, among others, in the Beijing office of the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation.

Tina Krell is a researcher in “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” and is the coordinator for the research project “Task Force: European Platform Economy”. She studied Politics and Communication (MSc) at the London School of Economics. An introduction in International Political Economy got her focused on the cross-border flow of data, content, and trade in services. During her studies, she was honored with a stipend of the HBS foundation. She is also a proud alumna of the Young Titans Summer Academy 2018.

Jörg Pohle is a PostDoc at HIIG and heads the research programme “Data, Actors, Infrastructures: The Governance of Data-Driven Innovation and Cyber Security”. He also heads the project “Global Privacy Governance” that focuses on societal negotiations in the field of privacy, surveillance, IT security and data protection. His research interests include the intersection of Informatics and Law, the research field Informatics and Society, modellification and its societal consequences, and data protection by design.

Infos zur Veranstaltung


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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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