Martin Emmer

Professor for Media and Communication Studies, Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Freie Universität Berlin



Digital technologies eliminate more and more physical restrictions of human action and open up an unprecedented plurality of sources and tools of information, communication and engagement. However, these manifold digital opportunities are confronted with structures of society that root in the post-feudal mass societies of the 19th century - like mass media, political mass parties or parliamentary representation. Thus, one of the most pressing challenges of digitalization is how to reshape social and political institutions in order to secure democracy, participation and social integration.

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Prof. Dr. Martin Emmer, professor for media and communication studies at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies at Freie Universität Berlin since 2011. He received his Ph.D. in 2004 at Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany, with a thesis on the effect of the internet on political communication of citizens. His current research focuses on media politics in the digital society, political online communication and the use of digital media by individuals. Recent research projects deal with digital and mobile media use in Sub-Saharan Africa, new forms of convergent television use in Germany and the use of mobile phones by refugees on their flight to Europe.