The legal scholar and expert on the protection of children and young people Sünje Andresen
and the peace researcher Martin Kahl lead the guests of the evening salon ZWISCHENRAUM in the Hamburg bar HADLEY's into the world of online platforms. Together with the audience they want to clarify: How effective are the current measures against hate messages on the net? How can those affected defend themselves? Do children and young people need special protection? How can freedom of speech be guaranteed despite regulations?
TikTok, WhatsApp, YouTube and other online platforms have become important communication channels for most of us. Information is exchanged in seconds and often anonymously, content can often be disseminated unrestricted and unchecked. This has not only fundamentally changed social debates and opinion-forming processes, but also the culture of debate. Hate and incitement on the internet, derogatory and hateful messages are the flip side of this development. There are several attempts to counter such hate messages through laws, online service providers' own regulations, but also counter-speech from social initiatives. However, many of the regulatory approaches are controversial. Some doubt that they can protect those affected. Others see them as a threat to the right to free speech.
Sünje Andresen has been working as a research assistant at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI) in the BMBF-funded project "Security for Children in the Digital World - Improving Regulation, Networking Stakeholders, Implementing Children's Rights" since November 2021. She studied law at the University of Hamburg and specialised in crime and crime control. In this context, she specialised in juvenile criminal law and juvenile criminology.
PD Dr. Martin Kahl is a political scientist and Deputy Director of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg. He is head of the research area "Societal Peace and Internal Security".
The ZWISCHENRAUM is a joint project of the Toepfer Foundation and Hadley's Bar in Hamburg. Every Monday from 6:30 p.m. it invites people to talk and exchange views over bread and wine. Each week, a different guest is invited to present a different perspective on an overarching subject. The guiding theme for the third quarter (August to December 2022) is: "THRUST - What keeps us together?"
Admission is free and registration is not required - but reservations can still be made at [email protected]
. The bar will provide guests with drinks, and if you're hungry, there's the Salon Abendbrot buffet for 12.50 euros. So if you want to enjoy a bite to eat beforehand, you can come as early as 6pm.