20.5.2021/3.6.2021/14.6.2021: Digitaler Workshop „Hate Speech and Platform Regulation“

Der englischsprachige Workshop „Hate Speech and Platform Regulation“, der am 20.5.2021/3.6.2021/14.6.2021 digital stattfindet, wird vom Institut für Informations-, Telekommunikations- und Medienrecht (ITM) und Prof. Dr. Bernd Holznagel, LL.M., Öffentlich-rechtliche Abteilung, veranstaltet. Dabei wird der Blick in die Welt gerichtet um Redner aus Japan, Argentinien, Italien, Indien und Taiwan zu begrüßen. Die Frage, wie große Plattformen reguliert werden sollten, treibt auch dort die Wissenschaft und Politik um. Termine, weitere Informationen zu den Rednern und Themen sowie den Link zur Veranstaltung finden Sie hier.

Social media platforms have become the dominant vehicles of public communication, competing with traditional forms of mass media. While the legacy media system consisted of layers of control which filtered inappropriate expressions, social media is a decentralised, uninhibited, directly accessible communication tool. Transparency of the algorithms which govern the content is on the table, and the exact duties and responsibilities of content management by these platform companies is widely discussed by academia, stakeholders and policy makers.

While a variety of problems are apparent with dominant digital communication platforms (such as disinformation, threats to media pluralism and concentration of opinion power), so far the issue of hate speech has been a driving force of platform regulation, therefore that is the starting point of our debate.

The workshop series posts basic questions: who can/should/must write the rules for communication in the digital era: the tech companies, the state or the society? What are the legal and technological instruments to tackle the threats of digital platforms? What are the legal limitations related to the conflicting human rights? And what are the technological limits and possibilities: what do algorithms promise?