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Weizenbaum Conference "Democracy in Flux – Order, Dynamics and Voices in Digital Public Spheres" (17./18. Juni 2021)


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This year's Weizenbaum Conference is organized by the Research Area „Democracy – Participation – Public Sphere“ of the “Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society”, to which the three research groups of the Institute for Media and Communication Studies belong. In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Weizenbaum Conference had to be postponed to June 17/18, 2021. Registration is for free and open now. 



Weizenbaum Conference

Democracy in Flux – Order, Dynamics and Voices in Digital Public Spheres

 17-18 June 2021 | virtual event

The spread of digital technologies has contributed to a multi-faceted change of democratic orders, actors, and practices. At the intersection of long-term evolution of democracies and the emergence of social media, we observe a profound redistribution of communication and political power. Traditional mass media are losing their privileged position as gatekeepers of the public sphere; social media are establishing new norms of social relevance and simultaneously give voice to ideas, opinions, and actors, which used to be marginalized.

This development seems full of ambivalences. Thus, the changing conditions of communication have spawned a situation of democracy in permanent flux. The debate on how digital technologies have changed public spheres and impacted democracy has been scattered across different scientific disciplines, political arenas, and civil society. The 2020/2021 Annual Weizenbaum Conference “Democracy in Flux – Order, Dynamics and Voices in Digital Public Spheres” aims to bring together these various perspectives and seeks to initiate an interdisciplinary exchange on the linkages between digital public spheres and democracy.

For programme information and registration visit: https://www.weizenbaum-conference.de/