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New at the ZeMKI: Prof. Dr. Christian Katzenbach

Welcome to the ZeMKI! Prof. Dr. Christian Katzenbach joins the ZeMKI and sets up lab “Platform Governance, Media, and Technology”

The University of Bremen has appointed Christian Katzenbach as professor of Communication and Media Studies with a focus on media governance and platform economics at the ZeMKI. Katzenbach will start the position on September 1, 2021. He previously headed the interdisciplinary Digital Society research programme at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin together with Dr. Thomas Christian Bächle and Director Prof. Dr. Jeanette Hofmann. From April 2018 to March 2019, he held the interim professorship for Communication Policy and Media Economics at Freie Universität Berlin. His dissertation “Governance, Technology and Communication” (summa cum laude, FU Berlin) was awarded the two-year dissertation prize by the DGPuK and the dissertation prize, Media-Culture-Communication. It was published in book form as "Die Regeln digitaler Kommunikation". In the academic year 2020-21, Christian Katzenbach was a fellow at the Canadian Institute National de Recherche Scientifique (INRS) and at the Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche sur la Science et la Technologie (CIRST).

 

With his ZeMKI Lab "Platform Governance, Media, and Technology", Katzenbach will focus on a highly relevant field of research: digital platforms and new infrastructures, algorithms, "artificial intelligence" (AI), and data are fundamentally reorganising communication, the public sphere, and society in general. At the same time, these media, their technologies and economic structures are themselves (still) in a formative process that is being shaped by regulation and public debates. How should platforms like Facebook and YouTube deal with disinformation campaigns and hate speech? What challenges do the increasing use of automation and AI bring to the table? And how do public debates and perceptions of problems, in turn, impact on regulation and technology development? With these topics, Katzenbach strengthens the teaching profile of the BA and MA programmes at the University of Bremen. In research, he will investigate these questions in several international research projects with funding from the DFG, the EU Commission (H2020), and partners in numerous EU countries as well as in Switzerland, the USA, and Canada.

 

With these topics and activities in the field of platform governance and the institutionalisation of "artificial intelligence", as well as, more fundamentally, the automation of communication, Christian Katzenbach addresses issues that are widely discussed publicly and politically. Katzenbach's appointment to the ZeMKI strengthens the profile of the University of Bremen, especially in an area that will have a high demand for orientation and expertise in politics, business, and the public sphere in both the medium and long term.

 

 

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