[Air-L] Online Talk on Empirical Platform Governance Research: Rebecca Scharlach on "Governing Principles"

Christian Katzenbach christian.katzenbach at gmail.com
Fri Jun 9 02:21:29 PDT 2023

Hey everyone, 

This is a reminder that next week TUE, June 13, at 3pm CEST we are continuing our online talk series "Behind the Scenes – Conversations on Empirical Platform Governance Research“ with a talk by Rebecca Scharlach on "Governing principles – The promises and challenges of identifying values in social media platform policies“. 


After our kick-off with Tarleton Gillespie we are now starting into the (roughly) monthly online series. You need to register in order to receive the Zoom link. Please find all details below and vie the link above. 

Christian Katzenbach


Session 2: Rebecca Scharlach, Governing principles – The promises and challenges of identifying values in social media platform policies
Time and Date: June 13, 2023, 15:00 CEST, Online
Registration via this form <https://forms.gle/xq2irQb4mnHkLUcD6>

By now, we know that social media platforms are far from being neutral entities. While platforms often signal their commitment to principles such as free expression or transparency in outlets such as press releases, our task is to understand which values they implement in more enduring policies and design choices.  
In this talk, I will zoom into my work on platform values, focusing on where to look for them and how to identify them. Based on my first Ph.D. paper, “Governing principles: Articulating values in social media platform policies”, written with Blake Hallinan and Limor Shifman (New Media & Society, March 2023), I will reflect on the challenges we faced deconstructing values in the policy documents of Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and TikTok. In the discussion, I will focus on future directions for research on platform values and the possible challenges that come along with the current developments of the social media landscape.
Rebecca Scharlach <https://www.rebeccascharlach.com/> is a PhD Candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and part of the ERC-funded research project DigitalValues <https://digitalvalues.huji.ac.il/>. Her research investigates the individual and societal implications of social media governance.
Scharlach, R., Hallinan, B., & Shifman, L. (2023). Governing principles: Articulating values in social media platform policies. New Media & Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/14614448231156580
About the Series 
This talk is part of the series Behind the Scenes – Conversations on Empirical Platform Governance Research <https://platform-governance.org/online-talk-series/> that invites scholars in this field to share their experiences and views, fostering  community exchange about how we can study platform governance in this challenging context. It is hosted by the Lab “Platform Governance, Media, and Technology” (PGMT) at the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI), <https://www.uni-bremen.de/en/zemki> University of Bremen, and the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies <https://www.rug.nl/research/icog/research/research-centres/centre-for-journalism-and-mediastudies/>, University of Groningen.
Please register via this form <https://forms.gle/xq2irQb4mnHkLUcD6> shortly with an email-address for the full series or this event only, so that we can share the meeting link with you.

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