Keynotes & speakers

There will be two keynotes, the first on thursday 16th of June in the morning (ca. 9.30) at the campus, the second at the end of the same day in a small theatre and on the same place where we’ll have dinner (ca. 16.30). The first keynote will be given by Thomas Poell. The name of the second speaker follows soon

Keynote 1. Thomas Poell: Platform power in the News Industry

Over the past two decades and amid wider transformations wrought by digitization, news organizations around the globe have progressively aligned their business models, distribution infrastructures, and production practices with digital platforms. This so-called platformization of news and journalism has triggered widespread public and scholarly concerns about the profound impact of platform companies—most prominently Facebook and Google—on the news and information landscape. In this talk, Thomas Poell will reflect on how platforms have become crucial markets, data infrastructures, and governance frameworks for news publishers. A key question is how this development affects the distribution of power in the news industry. Addressing this question, it is important to see that platform dependency is neither universal, nor uniform. While platformization is affecting journalistic organizations en masse, there is also substantial variation between different 1) types of news organizations, 2) stages of news production, and 3) phases in the evolution of platforms. A systematic analysis of this variation allows for a more nuanced and less deterministic understanding of the role of platforms in the transformation of the news industry, as well as of the wider information landscape.

Thomas Poell is Professor of Data, Culture & Institutions at the University of Amsterdam and director of the Research Priority Area on Global Digital Cultures. His research is focused on the societal consequences of the rise of digital platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Spotify, and WeChat. He has published extensively on social media and popular protests in Canada, Egypt, Tunisia, India and China, as well as on the role of these media in the development of new forms of journalism. Poell is co-author of Platforms and Cultural Production (Polity, 2021) and The Platform Society (Oxford University Press, 2018). Furthermore, he co-edited The Sage Handbook of Social Media (Sage, 2018), Social Media Materialities and Protest (Routledge, 2018), and Global Cultures of Contestation (Palgrave/McMillan, 2017).



Keynote 2. Follows soon