Thursday, 12th of May 2022, 12:00 – 1:00

Future-proofing the online order: The promise of law and the perils of regulation

Venue: 
SR1

Lecturer:
Matthias Kettemann - Institut für Theorie und Zukunft des Rechts

Abstract: 

Who decides what we can say online? Elon Musk? Russian and Chinese authorities? European rules? States with their laws play an important role, but since the early 2000s online platforms with their private rules and community standards have become increasingly important in deciding what's allowed online and what isn't. Through their rules, and their automated decision-making engines, including their recommender algorithms, they have emerged as a high-powered communication rule-maker and -enforcer. Is this a sustainable model? What can we do to ensure a sustainable online order where public values play a role? Together we will enquire into the potential of different models to "redemocratize" online spaces. 

Matthias C. Kettemann is Professor of Innovation, Theory and Philosophy of Law at the University of Innsbruck and head of the Department of Legal Theory and Future of Law. He also chairs research groups and programs at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research (Hamburg) and the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (Berlin). 

 

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