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Southampton Ethics Centre

Web Science Institute Distinguished Lecture: 'Democratic self-determination in the digital age' Event

Professor Jeanette Hofmann
16:00 - 17:00
14 October 2016
Building 53, Room 4025, Level 4 Highfield Campus

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Event details

"We usually associate democracy and societal self-determination with voting, political parties or, more recently, with expressing our will in the form of a referendum. However, the digital transformation of modern societies offers the opportunity to reconsider this understanding and draw a broader picture of democratic action. A possible starting-point for such an endeavour is the evolution of the Internet and its drivers. Does the course of digitalisation follow its own logic or are societies shaping this process? In this talk, I will use ideas from the area of sociology of technology to explore this question." The event is followed by a drinks reception in the coffee lounge on Level 3. All are welcome but please register using the 'Book Now' button.

Speaker information

Professor Jeanette Hofmann,Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB),Professor Jeanette Hofmann, a political scientist, heads the project group The Internet Policy Field at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB). She is also one of the founding directors of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin. Jeanette Hofmann is honorary professor of internet politics at the Central Institute of Further Education at the Berlin University of the Arts (UDK). She was a member of the Enquete Commission on Internet and Digital Society of the German Bundestag from 2010 to 2013. Jeanette Hofmann’s latest publications focus on conceptualizing Internet Governance, the emergence of internet politics as a new policy domain in Germany and the role of trust in the global regulation of the Internet.

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