Seminar with Cathleen Berger on content, platform regulation and Germany's NetzDG


Monday, April 9, 2018, 1:15pm to 2:30pm


Wexner Building, 4th floor, room 434A

Cathleen Berger of Mozilla and formerly the International Cyber Policy Coordination Staff at the German Foreign Office joins us for a seminar titled, Content and platform regulation: Germany's NetzDG and what it might trigger globally. In this talk Berger will discuss the context of Germany's NetzDG and why we need to understand how it was developed in order to understand and analyse the upcoming bills of other countries.

Seminar summary:
News about 'hate speech', 'election interference', 'fake news' and other forms of 'harmful content' seem to be spreading like wildfire. No wonder that governments across the world are springing to action trying to reign in what they perceive as a problem of platform and content regulation. Germany's so-called NetzDG, adopted at the end of 2017, was the first of many such laws that will likely follow in 2018. This is why it is critical to understand its scope and direction, as well as the historical context, in which it was developed, in order to understand and analyse the upcoming bills of other countries.

About Cathleen:
Cathleen Berger currently works with Mozilla where she is leading their strategic engagement with Global Internet Fora. In this position she is in charge of identifying emerging trends around privacy and security, digital inclusion and literacy, openness and decentralisation in order to remain aware and ahead of global tech policy developments.

Prior to this role, she worked within the International Cyber Policy Coordination Staff at the German Foreign Office, where she was tasked with devising strategies for internet governance, promoting human rights and freedom online, and drafting policy concepts for capacity building and digital development.

Before joining the Foreign Office, she worked as a research assistant with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), examining practices of data exchange in the EU, and as a visiting lecturer at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Cathleen was also a fellow at the Centre for Internet and Human Rights (CIHR), an associate at Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (snv) and a Global Governance Futures fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi).

She tweets at @_cberger_.

  • Enter the HKS courtyard via Elliot Street (pass under Ofer)
  • Enter via Wexner (entrance next to Littauer with security)
  • Take the elevator directly to your left to the 4th floor
  • Exit the elevator and go straight to the end of the hallway, take a left
  • Room 434A will be the small(ish) conference room on the left
(campus map)