This track is dedicated to the effect of social media platforms on opinion expression, political discourse, and collective action. The panels deal with the role and linkages of actors beyond established institutions in the politics, media and civil society.

Panel 1 “Notions of Digital Citizenship”

Thursday, 17 June 2021, 14.45-16.15

Chair: Martin Emmer

  • “Networked Digital Inequalities: Political Engagement and Incidental Exposure on Social Media” Michael Xenos (University of Wisconsin-Madison | United States)
  •  “Fostering Inclusion Online. Can Online Instruments Compensate the Elitist Bias of Representative Democracy?” Jürgen Neyer and Susann Worschesch (European University Viadrina | Germany)
  • “For Health of the Nation, Unite Online: Medical Controversies, Civil Disobedience and the Future of Democracy in the Light of Expert Authority Crisis” Magdalena Góralska (University of Warsaw | Poland)
  • “The Making of Citizens: Democracy and Children’s Rights in Digital Spheres” Katharina Kaesling (University of Bonn | Germany)

Panel 2 “The Role of Intermediaries in Democracy”

Thursday, 17 June 2021, 16.30-18.00

Chair: Pablo Porten-Cheé

  • “tba”,  Kjerstin Thorson (Michigan State University | United States)
  • “The New Face(s) of News: Quasi-journalistic Intermediaries in the YouTube Universe” Martin R. Herbers (Zeppelin Universität | Germany), Dennis Lichtenstein (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften | Austria) and Halina Bause (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf | Germany)
  • “Newsrooms and Data-driven Campaigning in the Digital Age” Andrea Römmele and Philip Darius (Hertie School of Governance | Germany)
  • “Performance of Outreach or Legitimacy-Enhancing Input: A Pilot Study of Facebook’s Practice of Stakeholder Engagement in Policy-Development Processes” Matthias C. Kettemann and Anna Sophia Tiedeke (Hans Bredow Institute | Germany)

Panel 3 “Technologies: Novel Linkages and Networks”

Friday, 18 June 2021, 11.30-13.00

Chair: Thorsten Thiel

  • “‘Can we Please Stop Yelling at Each Other just because it´s the Internet?’ Comparing Incivility Perceptions of Community Managers, Users, and Activists in Online Comment Sections” Marike Bormann, Dominique Heinbach and Marc Ziegele (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf | Germany)
  • “Digital Activists – The Networking Society as a Democratic Reality” Isabelle Borucki and Stine Ziegler (University of Duisburg-Essen | Germany)
  • “Bridging the Gap between Citizen Participation and Administrative Action. Does Digitalization Improve the Exchange between Political Actors, Administration and Citizens?” Jörg Radtke and Sheree May Saßmannshausen (Universität Siegen | Germany)

Panel 4 “Digital Activism”

Friday, 18 June 2021, 11.30-13.00

Chair: Barbara Pfetsch

  • “Digital Activism on the Right – The Rise of Illiberal Public Spheres in Germany and the US” Lance Bennett (University of Washington Seattle | United States)
  • “Crypto-Parties and Multiple Publics: A New Form of Resistance?” Linda Monsees (Queen Mary University of London | United Kingdom)
  • “Social Media Narratives and Shifting Notions of Citizenship in Lebanon’s Revolution” Maude Morrison and Mira El Mawla (Build Up | United States)
  • “Digital Public Activism and the Redefinition of Citizenship: The Movement Against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act of India” Sangeeta Mahapatra (German Institute for Global and Area Studies | Germany), Kiran Garimella (Massachusetts Institute of Technology | United States)