Fake News and Dark Ads: Do we live in an era full of alternative facts?

"Freedom of press means the freedom of 200 rich people to spread their opinion".

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Hannah Klein takes over as head of Media Policy Lab

On 1 March 2019, Hannah Klein will become head of mabb's Media Policy Lab. Prior to this, she was the personal speaker of Tabea Rößner, member of the German Bundestag (spokeswoman for network policy, consumer protection and film for Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen). The trained lawyer worked for ProSieben/ Sat.1 Media AG, among others, and as legal counsel in civil and commercial law and for various film productions.

Fake News: Digital election campaign and misinformed public

Fake news, social bots and echo chambers: The speaker of the evening event on September 20th inside the studios of ALEX Berlin discussed about the upcoming challenges that will be caused by a digital information network and digital media system.

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Workshop “The Europe Connection”

Focussing on syngergies and differences among EU member states regarding intermediary regulation, the media policy lab together with the Center for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom in Florence organized the second Data Access Initiative workshop.

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Data Access Initiative Report #1

In the presence of an expert group consisting of representatives from regulatory bodies, NGOs and research institutions, the first workshop of the Data Access Initiative took place. The workshop's aim was to find models for transparency and data access in the case of social networks.

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Final Report of the Research Project #Datenspende Was Released

The final report of the research project "#Datenspende: Google und die Bundestagswahl 2017" was released. The study's starting point was the question to what extent are Google search results personalised and which role do algorithms play in this regard.

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Meetup on Digital Media Pluralism

On May 30th, the Media Policy Lab presented its "10 claims for digital media pluralism" within a meetup at ALEX Berlin.

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Facebook & Co: Which rules should apply to political advertising on the Internet?

Political advertising on Facebook - at the Media Convention BERLIN, this issue was discussed by Liz Carolan (founder of the Transparent Referendum Initiative) together with Semjon Rens (Facebook Germany), Secretary of State Thomas Kralinski (Chief of the State Chancellery Brandenburg) and mabb Director Dr. Anja Zimmer.

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Jurist from Freiburg Strengthens the Need for the Regulation of Media Intermediaries

To safeguard diversity on the Internet, media intermediaries should be regulated, especially social networks and search engines. This is what the jurist Prof. Dr. Paal from the University of Freiburg demands in his legal opinion for the media authority North Rhine-Westphalia (LfM).

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The Media Policy Lab on a Big Stage

With great excitement everyone is looking forward to the MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin (MCB) from 2 to 4 May which already takes place for the fifth time. This year, the Media Policy Lab will introduce itself at the MCB and invites you to attend its four sessions at the STATION Berlin.

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How Intermediaries Are Changing the Info Sphere

Information intermediaries have an impact on media diversity. 31.8 per cent of all users in Germany used a search engine or a social network yesterday to inform themselves on the internet. How can transparency and freedom of discrimination be safeguarded? Here are some proposals.

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Dr. Anja Zimmer Talking about the #Datenspende Project

In the context of the #Datenspende research project, Dr. Anja Zimmer, director of the media authority Berlin-Brandenburg (mabb), talks about the impact of search engines on our political opinion making...

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mabb Opens Media Policy Lab for Safeguarding Media Pluralism

On January 17, the Media Policy Lab was opened by the media authority Berlin-Brandenburg (mabb). The Lab intents to link science and regulation more closely and is concerned with framework conditions and ...

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Prof. Dr. Frank Pasquale on Media Pluralism and Intermediaries

Within our workshop with experts, which took place from 5-7 May 2017 near Berlin, we asked Prof. Dr. Frank Pasquale about information intermediaries and their impact on media pluralism and related challenges and developments as well as problems.


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#digidemos 2017: Congress for Digitisation and Democracy

Last year's edition of #digidemos, the leading conference for digitisation and democracy, set its focus on the aspects of publicity, democracy and labour in a digital society.

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Facebook as a Visual Black Box

Since 2014, the annual Media Convention Berlin (MCB) has been a conference for current issues in the media industry, media policy and media society at international level. Over two days, more than 100 speakers present their latest findings and research results on topics such as innovation or media regulation.

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IGF Germany 2017 in Berlin

Every year the Internet Governance Forum brings people from all over the world together to talk about digital politics and the crucial questions of the digital age.

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Signing of the Letter of Intent

During the meeting of the media board of the media authority Berlin-Brandenburg (mabb) the letter of intent for the Media Policy Lab has been signed.

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