DSI lecture series "Communicative Challenges in Digital Societies"

Both public and private communication have changed decisively as a result of digitalisation. The lecture series of the Digital Society Initiative in cooperation with the IKMZ deals with the most important opportunities and challenges for society arising from these changes from various scientific perspectives. Discussions will include the influence of new forms of online propaganda and fake news on political debates, how online platforms can be legally regulated, which strategies media companies can use to assert themselves in the changing market conditions, how children and young people can learn how to use the Internet positively and to what extent robots can help people with disabilities to participate in social exchange.

The influence of digitalisation on scientific research will also be discussed. Digital traces of Internet usage and electronic devices such as smartphones provide researchers with new insights into people's communication and relationship behavior. At the same time, these data sources are associated with numerous problems, ranging from ethical and legal aspects to the question of what the digital traces stand for.

 

The first DSI Lecture series "Communicative challenges in Digital Societies" took place in Autumn/Winter 2018. All lectures were filmed and are available here.

 

PAST LECTURES:

September 18th

The manipulated society: propaganda, populism and fake news on the net (lecture in German)

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt, Institute for Communication Science, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Location: Kunsthalle Zurich, Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zurich

Abstract of the presentation (PDF, 2637 KB)

 

October 2nd 

Using Smartphones for Measuring Social Networks with High Resolution (Lecture in English)

Prof. Dr. Sune Lehmann, Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Technical University of Denmark

Location: Kunsthalle Zurich, Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zurich

Abstract of the presentation (PDF, 2630 KB) (in Englisch)

 

October 16th  (16:15 - 17:45 o'clock)

Growing up in digital societies - supporting and protecting children online (Lecture in English)

Prof. Dr. Uwe Hasebrink, Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research, University of Hamburg

Location: University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 71, 8006 Zurich 

Abstract of the presentation (in English) (PDF, 2625 KB)

 

October 30th 

Menschliches Verhalten verstehen mit Social Media Daten - wir dachten, es sei einfacher ((Lecture in German)

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Pfeffer, Munich University of Applied Sciences at the Technical University of Munich

Location: Kunsthalle Zurich, Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zurich

Abstract of the presentation (in German) (PDF, 2629 KB)

 

November 13th 

The political power of online platforms - too big to regulate? (Lecture in English)

Prof. Dr. Natali Helberger, Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam

Location: University of Zurich, RAA-G-01, Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zurich

Abstract of the presentation (in Englisch) (PDF, 2623 KB)

 

November 27th

Robot-Mediated Communication: Opportunities and Challenges (Lecture in English)

Prof. Dr. Susan C. Herring, School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, Indiana University Bloomington (speaker's telepresence)

Location: University of Zurich, RAA-G-01, Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zurich

Abstract of the presentation (PDF, 2631 KB) (in English) 

 

December 11th 

Going Digital – Wie führende Medienhäuser die Digitalisierung meistern (Lecture in German/ slides in English)

Prof. Dr. Lucy Küng, Senior Visiting Fellow, Reuters Institute, Oxford University

Location: University of Zurich, RAA-G-01, Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zurich

Abstract of the presentation (PDF, 2646 KB) (in German)