Dr. Jens Pohlmann will join us to present a research project to observe the input of IT-Blogs from Germany and the U.S. on the public discussion of matters situated at the intersection of technology and society:
Text and metadata from hundreds of German and U.S. IT-blogs have recently been made available through a cooperation with the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences in German and English. Based on this data, we can study the discussion regarding digital policy in this subfield of the public sphere and compare it with discourse in traditional media settings (newspaper corpora) and the policy discussion (corpus of parliamentary debates). Our goal is to identify the most influential contributors, their communication strategies, and the arguments they bring forward. What are the challenges that these stakeholders detect with regards to the impact of digital technologies on democracy and to what extent do they differ from those recognized on the other side of the Atlantic?
Dr. Jens Pohlmann is an Associated Researcher at Stanford’s Poetic Media Lab. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2017 with a dissertation on the public self-presentation and marketing of the German avant-garde playwright Heiner Müller. He has been a Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital History at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. and held fellowship positions at the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research at the University of Bremen as well as at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin.