Christian Katzenbach is a Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Bremen and Head of the Lab „Platform Governance, Media, and Technology“. Previously, he was head of the research group Internet Policy and Governance and lead researcher of the Research Program „The Evolving Digital Society“ at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin. His multidisciplinary background is in media and communication studies, philosophy, and computer science. In various international projects funded by DFG, European Commission and others, he investigates the formation of platforms and their governance, the discursive and political shaping of „Artificial Intelligence“ (AI) and the increasing automation of communication.
Christian has strong interest in building research structures and networks, both in terms of people and in terms of infrastructure. He was chair of the section Digital Communication in the German Communication Association, and has co-initiated the global Platform Governance Research Network
. Recently, Christian and his team have launched a beta version of the „Platform Governance Archive
“, an emerging research data infrastructure that offers longitudinal data sets on platform policies (Facebook's Community Guidelines, YouTube's Terms of Service etc).