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Prof. Dr. Jeanette Hofmann

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Jeanette Hofmann is a political scientist and heads the group “Politics of Digitalization” at the WZB. She is Founding Director of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and Professor of Internet Policy at the FU Berlin. As Principal Investigator at the Weizenbaum Institute, she heads the research group „Technology, Power and Domination”. She is a member of the Standing Committee on Digital Society at the Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. From 2010 to 2013, she was an expert in the Enquete Commission Internet and Digital Society of the German Bundestag.

At the international level, she participated in the UN World Summit on the Information Society and the Internet Governance Forum. Her current research focuses on digitalisation and democracy as well as the emergence of internet policy in Germany. Her further research scrutinizes the regulation of the internet at the international level and “big data” as an object of analysis and as a quantifying form of regulation.

Positions at Weizenbaum Institut

Principal Investigator (PI) since 15 September 2022

Reserach Focus: Digital Infrastructures in Democracy

Research Group: Technology, Power and Domination

Principal Investigator (PI) until 14 September 2022

Research Group: Democracy and Digitalisation

Research Group: Quantification and Social Regulation

Committees and functions

  • Professor of Internet Policy at Freie Universität Berlin
  • Honorary Professor of Internet Policy at the Central Institute for Continuing Education at the Berlin University of the Arts
  • Head of the research group "Politics of Digitalization" at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB)
  • Director and founding member of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)
  • Associate Researcher at the London School of Economics and Social Sciences (LSE)
  • Member of the Advisory Board at the Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Analysis (ZIRIUS), University of Stuttgart
  • Member / Advisory Committee on Digitization and Sustainability, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
  • Member of the Scientific Commission "Digitized Society" of the Leopoldina - National Academy of Sciences and Humanities
  • Member of the German Steering Committee Internet Governance Forum
  • Member of the Managing Board "Internet Policy Review" (Journal)
  • Member of the Editorial Board "Information, Communication & Society" (Journal)
  • Member of the Editorial Board "Critical Policy Studies" (Journal)
  • Co-Chair of the NETmundial+10 High-Level Executive Committee (HLEC)

Fields of research

  • Internet Policy
  • Internet Governance
  • Governance Theory
  • Digital Society
  • Empirical Copyright Law
  • Transnational Regulation
  • Emergence of Policy Fields
  • Science and Technology Studies



ABIDA – Assessing Big Data (BMBF)

Networks of Outrage – Mapping the Emergence of New Extremism in Europe (Volkswagen Stiftung)

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