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Research Software made at ZeMKI: Pre-release of OpenQDA is now live

The pre-release version of the “OpenQDA” software currently being developed at ZeMKI is now available. As usual, users can code qualitative data (interviews, observation protocols, etc.) with the open source software and benefit from its ease of use and the possibility for collaborative work. New in the pre-release version is the option to import and (…)


Introduction to thematic issue on "Agency in a Datafied Society" published

Andreas Hepp and Stephan Görland are publishing a thematic issue on “Agency in a Datafied Society” in the journal Convergence, for which the introduction has now been published online. This introduction aims to achieve two objectives: First, it addresses the intellectual risks posed by empirical and conceptual ambiguity linked to vague interpretations of a datafied (…)


ComAI Lecture with Prof. Dr. Benedetta Brevini

Prof. Dr. Benedetta Brevini (NYU and University of Sidney) will be a guest in Bremen on 18 June 2024 and will give a lecture entitled “Between Power and Nature: provocative reflections for an Eco-Political Economy of AI”. When: Tuesday, 18.06.2024, 06:30 PM Where: Club 27 in the Bremen Press Club, Schnoor 27, 28195 Bremen We (…)


ZeMKI goes ICA

This year's annual conference of the International Communications Association (ICA) will take place in Goald Cost, Australia, from June 20 to 24. The ZeMKI will be represented with numerous contributions and ZeMKI members will present research at the institute.


Join talk by Robert Gorwa: Qualitative Methods for Regulatory Episodes:Examining Policy Development in the Context of Global Platform Regulation

Time and Date: June 18, 2024, 3-4 pm (CET) Join ONLINE via ZOOM (check updates for the link) We are excited to announce the tenth  installment of the ongoing Online Talk Series “Behind the Scenes- Conversations on Empirical Platform Governance Platform Regulation”. This session, led by postdoctoral researcher Robert Gorwa, explores the strategy he developed (…)


Talk on AI Imaginaries of Stakeholders at Conference in Zurich

Tomorrow June 5th, lab members Prof. Dr. Christian Katzenbach and Vanessa Richter are going to present a talk on “Negotiating AI as a sociotechnical phenomenon: Competing imaginaries of AI by stakeholders in the US, China, and Germany” the content of which, addresses producers and proponents of AI-related communication, based on interviews with AI experts in (…)

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‘Plat-formation: The Formation of Platforms and Their Governance’ - lecture by Prof. Dr. Christian Katzenbach at the University of Sheffield on Thursday

ZeMKI member Prof. Dr. Christian Katzenbach will give a lecture on ‘Plat-formation: The Formation of Platforms and Their Governance’ at the University of Sheffield on Thursday, the 30th of May. Abstract How do social media platforms become what they are, how do they change and what is the role of governance in this process? Platforms (…)

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Article by Prof. Cornelius Puschmann on Right-wing Extremist Narratives and Influencers in BzKJAktuell

Prof. Cornelius Puschmann, head of the Digital Communication and Information Diversity Lab, has co-authored an article with Sophia Rothut (LMU Munich) and Darian Harff (KU Leuven) in the current issue of BzKJAktuell (02/2024), the journal of the Federal Agency for Child and Youth Media Protection (BzKJ). The article, entitled “Right-wing extremist narratives and social media (…)


Research Colloquium: Katharina Hajek (LMU Munich & UdK Berlin, Germany): "Constructing a Climate of Compliance – Understanding Resistance to Pro-Environmental Messages"

On 29/05/2024 the research colloquium of Katharina Hajek (LMU Munich & UdK Berlin, Germany) will take place on the topic “Constructing a Climate of Compliance – Understanding Resistance to Pro-Environmental Messages”. Abstract: Does every restriction of freedom lead to the same resistance? In the lecture, Katharina V. Hajek will provide insights into a project funded (…)


Sami Nenno on AI and disinformation in the taz

Sami Nenno from the Digital Communication and Information Diversity Lab comments as an expert on AI and disinformation on the potential of synthetically generated voices for disinformation in the German newspaper taz. The background to this is the presentation of OpenAI’s voice engine model, which makes it possible to create artificial voices based on short (…)

REMIT Conference Panel

ZeMKI member Dennis Redeker organized conference roundtable on global digital policy

ZeMKI member Dr. Dennis Redeker, member of the Lab "Platform Governance, Media and Technology", organized a roundtable on "Digital Governance between Multistakeholderism and Multilateralism" as part of the first conference of the EU Horizon Europe research project "Reignite Multilateralism via Technology" (REMIT). The conference took place on May 16 and 17, 2024 at KU Leuven and brought together academics with a policy audience from different areas of European and global technology policy.

Prof Dr Holger Böning †5. Mai 2024

Prof. Dr. Holger Böning deceased

Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Holger Böning *December 16, 1949 – †May 5, 2024 The ZeMKI mourns the loss of its member, the long-standing spokesperson of the Institute of German Press Research in Faculty 9 at the University of Bremen. In the more than thirty years of his work at this institute, Holger Böning decisively advanced (…)


New Article: Multimodal AI-Framework for Formative Assessment in ePortfolios

Fatima Maya and Karsten D. Wolf have just published their new research article “An Architecture for Formative Assessment Analytics of Multimodal Artefacts in ePortfolios Supported by Artificial Intelligence” in the edited volume “Assessment Analytics in Education” (Springer Link) as part of the IMPACT-Projekt. From the abstract: “A key objective of higher education is to promote (…)

Andreas Hepp

New article by ZeMKI member Prof Dr Andreas Hepp: Curators of digital futures: The life cycle of pioneer communities

ZeMKI member Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp has published online first a new article at New Media & Society on the topic of ‘Curators of digital futures: The life cycle of pioneering communities’. Link to the article Hepp, A. (2024). Curators of digital futures: The life cycle of pioneer communities. New Media & Society, Online First. doi:10.1177/14614448241253766

Katharina Heitmann

Publication of the PhD thesis of Katharina Heitmann-Werner

The dissertation of ZeMKI member Katharina Heitmann-Werner has been published by Springer VS under the title 'Zivilgesellschaft und Stadtöffentlichkeit - Eine akteurszentrierte Analyse der kommunikativen Figuration der Stadt' (Civil society and the urban public sphere - an actor-centred analysis of the communicative figuration of the city).