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Monday, September 9 • 11:30 - 12:30
The platformization of news: public values in an online world

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Online digital platforms, which are overwhelmingly American-based and operated, have penetrated every sector of American and Western-European societies, disrupting markets and labor relations, circumventing institutions, and transforming social and civic practices. This lecture concentrates on the position of European (private and public) interests vis-à-vis the interests of an American online ecosystem, driven by a handful of high-tech corporations (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft) that have become global data mining companies. The emerging ‘platform society’ raises important questions such as: Who is or should be responsible and accountable for anchoring public values such as accuracy, fairness and democratic control in a platform society?
The second part of the lecture will zoom in on the thorny issue of fake news and disinformation. Various societal actors from market, government, and civil society are trying to find new strategies to combat fake news and set shared standards for accuracy. What is the role of institutions and citizens in the fight over information control? And, particularly in the European context, how can governments be proactive in negotiating public values on behalf of citizens and consumers?

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José van Dijck

Professorin für Medienwissenschaften, Universität Utrecht
José van Dijck ist Professorin für Medienwissenschaften an der Universität Utrecht. Ihr Forschungsschwerpunkt liegt auf der digitalen Gesellschaft, wobei sie sich mit Medientheorien, Medien- und Kommunikationstechnologien, Sozialen Medien und der digitalen Kultur beschäftigt... Read More →


Monday September 9, 2019 11:30 - 12:30 CEST
Großer Saal