Platform Politics and Policy

This interdisciplinary seminar series seeks to highlight cutting-edge conceptual and empirical work on the various political-economic dimensions of digital capitalism, with a focus on the platform economy and the growing (and increasingly contested!) role of multinational technology ‘platform’ companies. Topics of interest include: historical or comparative perspectives on the evolution of platform power across various sectors; the politics of European digitally-oriented public policy; critical approaches to understanding the digital economy. We seek to tackle a wide range of platform ‘types’ (from search engines, social networks, and other user-generated content platforms, to ‘locally-tethered,’ infrastructural, and industrial platforms) and maintain a global perspective as much as possible.

What: A 75-minute seminar with a presentation (approx. 30 min), followed by Q&A

When: Every six weeks or so on a Wednesday afternoon, 16:00-17:15 Berlin time

Where: Online, or at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Reichpietschufer 50, 10785 Berlin

Who: The researchers of the Digitalization and Societal Transformation research cluster, and other interested colleagues at the WZB.

Researchers from outside the WZB who would like to attend may email the organizer, robert.gorwa [at] wzb.eu, to be put onto the seminar series mailing list.

Sessions (Forthcoming)

07.09.2022
Jean-Marie Chenou (University of Bogota): ‘Varieties of Digital Capitalis
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19.10.2022
Tomiwa Ilori (Centre for Human Rights): 'Law and labour: Two emerging frontiers of social media platform governance in African countries'

Sessions (Past)

27.07.2022
Ya-Wen Lei (Harvard University): ‘
Rewiring the Techno-Nation

08.06.2022
Michael Veale (University College London): ‘
Ceci n’est pas un produit: What the EU AI Act Misses, and Why

27.04.2022
Niels van Doorn, Aleksandra Piletic, Eva Mos, and Jelke Bosma (University of Amsterdam): ‘Platformization and Regulatory Embeddedness

30.03.2022
Robin Mansell (LSE): ‘Platform Futures: Contesting Technology and Governance Trajectories

16.02.2022
Elettra Bietti (Cornell Tech): ‘A Genealogy of Platform Regulation