CAISzeit – the podcast

CAISzeit – the podcastWhat kind of digital society do we want to live in?

The podcast from the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) and the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia addresses the question of what kind of digital society we want to live in.

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Dr. Matthias Begenat

Dr. Matthias Begenat holds a doctorate in communication science and is head of science communication at the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS). He designs and moderates formats that present research in a clear and understandable way.

Silke Offergeld Staatskanzlei NRW

Silke Offergeld

Silke Offergeld is an expert in digital society and media literacy at the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia. She studied communication science at the University of Münster and the University of Munich, and worked as a journalist after completing her training at the German School of Journalism in Munich.

#4 The Christchurch Call – guest: Dr. David Bromell

On 15 March 2019, a right-wing terrorist shot and killed 51 people in an attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The assassin streamed his heinous act live via Facebook, the 17-minute live stream being viewed around 4,000 times before it was removed from the platform. Two months later, on 15 May 2019, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron convened the Christchurch Call summit, bringing together governments and technology companies. The goal: a voluntary commitment to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content on the Internet.

But when is it justified for the state to intervene in specific Internet content? How do we deal with the tension between protecting civil society and freedom of expression online? And how do global measures of regulation differ from one state to another? Dr. David Bromell is a Senior Associate of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies (IGPS) at the Wellington School of Business and Government at the Victoria University of Wellington, where he conducts research on the regulation of online social media, Internet censorship and filtering, and other topics. His project as a CAIS Fellow looked in detail at the implications and successes of the Christchurch Call. In CAISzeit, Silke Offergeld (State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia) and Dr. Matthias Begenat from the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) talk to him about extremist content and its regulation, about the role of platforms and politics in the fight against hate speech, and about pluralistic societies and freedom of expression online.

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Read the results of Dr. David Bromell’s research:


Tips for further reading:

  • Emcke, C. (2016). Gegen den Hass. Frankfurt a.M.: S. Fischer Verlag.
  • Miller-Idriss, C. (2020). Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right. Princeton; Oxford: Princeton University Press.
  • Strossen, N. (2018). HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Waldron, J. (2012). The Harm in Hate Speech. Cambridge, Massachusetts; London, England: Harvard University Press.


Photo: CAIS, Begenat

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#3 AI – Cliché and Evidence – guest: Prof. Dr. Laurenz Wiskott

There is a lot of discussion about artificial intelligence, and especially about what such systems should perhaps not be able to do and decide. But what can AI really do today? How does it work? And what should we all know about it in order to be able to join in the discussion?


Photo: Lisa Volkamer