Jan Flickschu
Jan Flickschu
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The WZB research group “Politics of Digitalization” (POLDI) investigates how today’s societies make sense of and shape the digital transformation. For this purpose, the group examines and evaluates the strategies, competences and practices that contribute to the governance and regulation of digitalization and its consequences for society.

The research group’s work is based on an understanding of digitalization as a continuous socio-technical process of change. The digital transformation is not primarily technology-driven; it rather is a conflictual and reflexive process in a permanent state of flux. To investigate this transformation, the group’s conceptual work builds on governance research, discourse analysis, the sociology of technology, field theory, and the sociology of quantification and evaluation, as well as modern theories of democracy.

The empirical research of the group focuses on the political dimension of the digital transformation in a double sense:  first, it views digitalization as a resource of political governance (regulation through digitalization); second, it analyses digitalization as an object of political decision-making (regulation of digitalization).

In 2017, the WZB research group contributed to the founding of the German Internet Institute, the "Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society". Two of POLDI's research projects are part of the new institute. The group closely collaborates through joint publications and academic events with the Weizenbaum Institute and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG).

Contact
Antonia Kroll
Mail: antonia.kroll [at] wzb.eu
Fon: 030 25491-625

Administrative Office of the Weizenbaum Institute

 

Head

Dr. Karin-Irene Eiermann

Contact

Maite Vöhl

News

Lena Ulbricht explains in an interview with Futurium why digitalization poses new challenges e.g. for state actors.

 

Julia Pohle in Hamburg on 27 February: at noon lunch talk at Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut about "Politik des Digitalen - eine feldtheoretische Retrospektive". From 19:00 at betahaus discussion on "Beispiel: Darknet. Wieviel Staat verträgt das Internet? Wieviel Anarchie der Staat?"

New publications

Berg, Sebastian/Rakowski, Niklas/Thiel, Thorsten (2020): "Die digitale Konstellation. Eine Positionsbestimmung". In: Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft/Journal of Political Science, advance access, 06.03.2020, online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s41358-020-00207-6
 
 
Arora, Kim (2020): "Privacy and data protection in India and Germany: A comparative analysis". Discussion Paper SP III 2020-501. Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung.
 
 
Hösl, Maximilian/Kniep, Ronja (2020): "Auf den Spuren eines Politikfeldes. Die Institutionalisierung von Internetpolitik in der Ministerialverwaltung". In: Berliner Journal für Soziologie, advance access, 05.02.2020, online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11609-020-00397-4.
 
 
Pohle, Julia (2020): "Digitale Souveränität". In: Tanja Klenk/Frank Nullmeier/Göttrik Wewer (Hg.): Handbuch Digitalisierung in Staat und Verwaltung. Springer Reference Sozialwissenschaften. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
 
 
Hofmann, Jeanette/Kersting, Norbert/Ritzi, Claudia/Schünemann, Wolf J. (Hg.) (2019): "Politik in der digitalen Gesellschaft. Zentrale Problemfelder und Forschungsperspektiven". Bielefeld: transcript.