We embrace social responsibility by addressing relevant topics of media use and effects we are facing in Switzerland but also put them into a global context. We bring scientifically-backed findings on media use and effects into public discourse and consult with institutions to help shape society in the future.

Protection of Children in a Connected World

Growing up in an increasingly digitalized landscape prompts questions such as "what new online risks arise in today’s digital landscape", "what are the digital skills children and teenagers need in their everyday life to master these risks", and “how can we empower them for future challenges”? 60 experts from all over the world followed our invitation to this OECD workshop at the University of Zurich. The outcome of this expert consultation is the basis for the revision of the OECD recommendation for the protection of children in a connected world.


Communicative Challenges in Digital Societies

Both public and private communication have changed decisively as a result of digitalisation. We organized the lecture for the Digital Society Initiative to address the most important opportunities and challenges for society arising from these changes. Discussions included the influence of new forms of online propaganda and fake news on political debates, how online platforms can be legally regulated, which strategies media companies can use to assert themselves in the changing market conditions, how children and young people can learn how to use the Internet positively and to what extent robots can help people with disabilities to participate in social exchange. Beside these societal challenges we also addressed the influence of digitalisation on scientific research. Digital traces of Internet usage and electronic devices such as smartphones provide researchers with new insights into people's communication and relationship behavior. At the same time, these data sources are associated with numerous problems, ranging from ethical and legal aspects to the question of what the digital traces stand for.

Ringvorlesung 2018

All lectures are available as videos. Video archive