Is the internet really a public space, or only in appearance? Is it the operators of the big internet platforms who get to decide what is allowed online and what isn’t? Who makes the rules in the digital world? Questions like these were addressed by the discussion event held on 7 November 2013 in Hamburg’s Bucerius Law School.
The event focussed on the role of platforms. Without them, the move into the digital world would have been practically impossible. They play an ever-greater role in making decisions about what society does online.
Matthias Kammer, Director, German Institute for Internet Confidentiality and Security (Deutsches Institut für Vertrauen und Sicherheit im Internet, DIVSI); Dr. Ralf Kleindiek, Councillor for the Hamburg Justice and Equality Office; and Philipp Otto, Founder and Executive Director of the iRights.Lab spoke alongside Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz, Director of the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research at the University of Hamburg and Moritz Nickel, Student at Bucerius Law School, in their keynote speeches on the rules of social networks.
The following panel discussion was conducted by:
- Jutta Croll, Managing Director of the Digitale Chances Foundation
- Sabine Frank, Head of Youth Protection and Media Literacy at Google
- Dr. Ralf Kleindiek, Councillor for the Justice and Equality Office of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
- Moritz Nickel, Student at Bucerius Law School
- Ole Reißmann, Netzwelt Editor, SPIEGEL ONLINE.
This event was part of the project “Does Germany Need a Digital Codex?” which the iRights.Lab carried out on behalf of the German Institute for Internet Confidentiality and Security (Deutsches Institut für Vertrauen und Sicherheit im Internet, DIVSI). After the first part of the project raised the question of whether a digital charter codex establish the social norms which were lacking in the internet, the second section took a concrete look at the topic of “Big Data”. The project leader was Philipp Otto, Founder and Executive Director of the iRights.Lab.