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Roundtable: Power and counterpower in the internet

Matthias Pfeffer and Paul Nemitz reflect on how the internet’s original ideals of empowerment and universal connectivity have been co-opted by corporations, leading to concerns about democracy and individual autonomy. Herbert Gr√∂nemeyer joins their conversation, raising questions about the erosion of community and creativity in the music business due to algorithmic control and data exploitation by streaming platforms.


Their dialogue underscores the transformation of the internet from a platform of empowerment to one of control, highlighting the implications for democracy and creative industries. They advocate for regulatory measures to curb corporate dominance and uphold individual rights, emphasizing the need for public awareness and political action to safeguard democratic principles in the digital age.

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