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06/09/2021 - 06/09/2021 | Leipzig

Social Media — Democratization or radicalization engine? / Online panel discussion

Public panel discussion based on the ODYCCEUS Opinion Dynamics and Cultural Conflicts in European Space project

Julia Ebner - author and expert on online extremism
Andreas Jungherr - Uni Bamberg, political scientist studying the impact of digital media on politics and society
Philipp Lorenz-Spreen - Max Planck Institute for for Human Development, researcher of online behavior
Eckehard Olbrich - Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, ODYCCEUS coordinator

Over the last decades, the image of the internet in media has undergone a drastic shift. Initially, it promised vast democratic potential by fostering transparency and encouraging universal participation. However, these expectations have lately been clouded by concerns, as the internet is now often portrayed as the origin of fundamental threats to societies like radicalization, misinformation, and political manipulation.

By developing methods to study political discourse online, the ODYCCEUS project operates in the tension between these poles. In this event, we want to reflect on our role and the role of science in general in recovering the internet’s democratic potential.

Join us when we discuss this question with Julia Ebner (author and political advisor, expert on online extremism), Andreas Jungherr (political scientist studying the impact of digital media on politics and society), and Philipp Lorenz-Spreen (MPI for Human Development, researcher of online behavior).

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Online Event
Check back on Wednesday, 9 June 2021 at 8 pm (CEST) to view the livestream on our YouTube channel and join the discussion with your questions using the Twitter Hashtag #odycceus21.


06/09/2021 20:00 - 06/09/2021 22:00

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Journalists, all interested persons

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Mathematics, Politics, Social studies

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Seminar / workshop / discussion




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