POSTPONED: Weizenbaum Conference 2020: Democracy in Flux – Order, Dynamics and Voices in Digital Public Spheres

Due to the current development regarding the COVID-19 virus the Weizenbaum Conference is postponed to 19 and 20 October 2020. The registration will open in August 2020. We will keep you updated on this website.

Location: Urania Berlin e. V., An der Urania 17, 10787 Berlin

Time: Thursday, June 4 2020 09:00 AM until Friday, June 5 2020 03:00 PM


The spread of digital technologies has contributed to a multi-faceted change of democratic orders, actors, and practices. At the intersection of long-term evolution of democracies and the emergence of social media, we observe a profound redistribution of communication and political power. Traditional mass media are losing their privileged position as gatekeepers of the public sphere; social media are establishing new norms of social relevance and simultaneously give voice to ideas, opinions, and actors, which used to be marginalized. This development seems full of ambivalences. Thus, the changing conditions of communication have spawned a situation of democracy in a state of permanent flux.

The debate on how digital technologies have changed public spheres and impacted democracy has been scattered across different scientific disciplines, political arenas, and civil society. The 2020 Annual Weizenbaum Conference aims to bring together these various perspectives and seeks to initiate an interdisciplinary exchange on the linkages between digital public spheres and democracy.

Read more about the Call for Papers.



Johanna Hampf c/o Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society:
Hardenbergstraße 32, 10623 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 700141-003
E-Mail: weizenbaum-conference[at]

Press and Media

Filip Stiglmayer c/o Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society:
Hardenbergstraße 32, 10623 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 700141-010
E-Mail: filip.stiglmayer[at]

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