Freedom of speech digital: Democracy on the defensive?
– Aaron Ziegler
Freedom of speech is a great good and has constitutional status in our democracy.
Freedom of speech forms a central basis for our being able to actively participate in the political shaping of our social interaction. Social media promote freedom of opinion, not only with regard to the size of the audience that can be reached, but also against the background of the logic inherent in the networks, which brings opinion-compatible people together virtually under algorithmic control. This makes these networks a powerful medium for influencing public opinion - but also for anti-democratic forces. How do right-wing extremist actors use social media? And what scope and obligations do the state and civil society have to act? The discussion will deal with these and other questions.
Maik Fielitz (co-author of the book "Digitaler Faschismus"), Alexander Sängerlaub (expert on the topic of digital publics and director and co-founder of futur eins), moderation: Doris Akrap (taz)