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Who Rules the Internet?

Jeanette Hofmann, a professor of Internet politics at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies at Freie Universität, explores governance on the Internet.

Free access to information, no censorship of opinions, and the possibility of communicating across national borders and working together to develop ideas to promote progress and prosperity – those were the reasons the World Wide Web was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. Eight years later, fake news, filter bubbles, abusive postings, and data misuse are the main subjects of conversation about “the Net.

Jeanette Hofmann has spent just under two decades at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) studying what rules apply in this virtual space and who should set them. The interaction of society, the political sphere, and Internet technology is also the subject of a seminar led by Hofmann, an Internet pioneer, who has recently been appointed to a professorship at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies at Freie Universität.

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