Third Day at IPSA 2017 International Conference: “Political Science in the Digital Age”

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Digital Resources and Tools for the Analysis of Political Communication
The panel started at 9 am comprised paper presentations of innovative use of digital resources and CSS methods for the analysis of political communication. The panel was chaired by Prof. Wolf Schünemann (University of Hildesheim, Germany) and Simon Rinas (University of Hildesheim, Germany).

At the beginning of the panel, Prof. Zachary Elkins (University of Texas, US) discussed the papers. The panellists then presented their papers.

Dr. Sebastian Stier (Center for Advanced Internet Studies, Germany) talked about social media in terms of political communication.

Afterwards, Prof. Andreas Blätte (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany), highlighted the vision of public digital archives of democracy. Finally, Prof. Oscar Luengo (University of Granada, Spain) focused on algorithms in political communication.

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Roundtable III: Digitalization as Challenge for Political Consulting
At 11 am Prof. Dr. Marianne Kneuer (University of Hildesheim, Germany) introduced the participants/discussants as the chair of the Roundtable III: Digitalization as Challenge for Political.

Dr. Johanna Niesyto (Friedrich-Ebert Foundation, Germany) talked about social democracy and its relations with digitalization. Since the work of Friedrich-Ebert Foundation’s political foundation focuses on the core ideas and values of social democracy - freedom, justice and solidarity, the fundamental question of digitalization is an important topic.

Afterwards, Dr. Wilhelm Krull (Secretary General, Volkswagen Foundation, Germany) addressed the transformation process of the past 20 years.

Prof. Jeanette Hofmann (WZB Berlin Social Science center, Germany) highlighted the Internet research transformation process. She explained new issues she had come across such as Big data as a new technique and tool of regulation.

Dr. Viola Neu (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Germany) talked about digitalization and Internet as a new source to conduct surveys.