In this track, we discuss the relationship between digital technologies and social orders with a strong focus on structures and their democratic implications.

Panel 1 “Ordering through Social Media and Platforms”

17 June 2021, 14.45-16.15

Chairs: Jeanette Hofmann and Lena Ulbricht

  • “Between Normative Acceptance and Resistance: Explaining the Governance of News Aggregator’s Practices across Five Countries” Sarah Anne Ganter (Simon Fraser University | Canada)
  • “Social Media’s Responsibility in Facilitating Public Discourse” Judit Bayer (Budapest Business School | Hungary)
  • “The Old, the New and the Unknown: The Normative Framework for Online Content Regulation in Brazil” Clara Iglesias Keller (Hans Bredow Institute | Germany)

Panel 2 “Regulation of Digital Technologies”

17 June 2021, 16.30-18.00

Chairs: Jeanette Hofmann and Lena Ulbricht

  • “Audiovisual Media Regulation in the Age of Global Digital Platforms: Evidence from Spain” Adriana Mutu (Universitat Abat Oliba CEU | Spain)
  • “Understanding the Value of Public Opinion in Cyber Crisis Decision-Making-Processes” Tobias Burgers and David J. Farber (Keio University | Japan)
  • “Moderating the Regulators/Regulating the Moderators: NetzDG and Online Content Moderation in Germany” Laura Fichtner (Universität Hamburg | Germany)
  • “Hacking Humans? Social Engineering and the Construction of the “Deficient User” in Cyber Security Discourses” Nina Klimburg-Witjes (Vienna University| Austria) and Alexander Wentland (Technical University of Munich | Germany)

Panel 3 “De-Institutionalization of the Public Sphere”

18 June 2021, 11.30-13.00

Chairs: Jeanette Hofmann and Lena Ulbricht

  • “Who can still Afford to do Digital Activism? Exploring the Material Conditions of Online Mobilisation” Paola Pierri (University of the Arts London | United Kingdom)
  • What is a Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere? Some Sceptical Remarks on the Discourse of Digitality” Johannes Peisker (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg | Germany)
  • “Collective Civic Engagement and Civic Counter Publics – Theoretical Reflections upon a new Phenomenon” Dennis Frieß (Heinrich Heine Uni-versity Düsseldorf | Germany)
  • “The Emergence and Persistence of Online Civic Intervention as a Discourse Norm: A Network Simulation Model” Daniel Maier (German Cancer Consortium (DKTK), Frankfurt (Main) | Germany)  Pablo Porten-Cheé (Heidelberg University | Germany) and Marlene Kunst (Freie Universität Berlin | Germany)