José van Dijck

Europe and responsible platform societies

The growing pains of digitisation involve intense struggles between competing ideological systems and contesting societal actors – market, government and civil society — raising important questions about responsibility and accountability. Two large ecosystems rule the global online world: a Chinese and an American-based ecosystem. The latter has overwhelmingly penetrated Western-European societies, disrupting markets and labor relations, circumventing institutions, transforming social and civic practices, and affecting democracies. Online platforms paradoxically bypass the institutional processes through which European democratic societies are organised, while at the same time they clash with local, national, and supra-national governments over who controls data-flows and algorithms.

JOSÉ VAN DIJCK: Europe and responsible platform societies
5 June 2019 | 7.30 pm (doors open 6.30 pm)

➤➤➤ Registration for this lecture opens on 7 May, 10 am: