A-Social Media – Are Digital Technologies Making Democracy Impossible?

Sep 09, 2017 02:00 pm
Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Upper Foyer
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Mass surveillance, hacks and cyber-attacks, fake news, trolling – all are part of digital reality. At the same time, the Internet allows for more transparency, creates new possibilities for knowledge exchange and discussion, and gives a voice to many who previously had none. But democracy lives on diversity and difference of opinion, while the Internet is full of algorithms that feed most users with more of what they already know. How does this change our relationships with ourselves and others? What choice do we really have in the face of accelerating digital developments?


THOMAS MEANEY [USA] earned his doctorate in history from Columbia University. He is a Fellow at the Einstein Forum in Potsdam and writes for »The New Yorker«, the »London Review of Books«, and the »Guardian«.


SARAH DIEFENBACH [D] is Professor of Economic and Organisational Psychology at the LMU in Munich. She co-authored the book »Digitale Depression: Wie neue Medien unser Glücksempfinden verändern« [2016, tr. Digital Depression: How New Media Change Our Sense of Happiness].

JEANETTE HOFMANN [D] is a political scientist and Professor of Internet Politics at the FU Berlin. She also heads the WZB project group »The Internet Policy Field« and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society.

EVA MENASSE [A/ D] is a novelist and politically active journalist. She is a supporter of the Charter of Fundamental Digital Rights of the European Union.