Dr. Volker Grassmuck
Fellow at CAIS from April to September 2019
Under constitutional law, public service broadcasting is subject to supervision by society at a distance from the state and the market. Also under European law it must serve to meet the democratic, social and cultural needs of society. This society is represented by representatives of social associations in the broadcasting councils of the broadcasting corporations.
The initial hypothesis is that in the current digital transformation society is directly called upon to participate in the formulation of the future remit of public service media for this society. This is followed by the further thesis that the representation of society in committees in a digital environment should be organised more broadly and more participatively.
The project investigates the digital structural change of the public sphere and its actors, existing participation tools and methods as well as the conditions for successful social design. The goal is the conception and planning of a nationwide citizen participation process for the future of public media, which will be discussed at a closing event together with the Grimme Institute and, if successful, implemented afterwards.