Political Agency within and of Platform Societies

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Digital platforms reshape social relations across multiple dimensions, defining new routes to explore the possibilities of exploitation and liberation in capital/labour, human/nature, and gender relations. The starting point for our symposium is that two tensions shape political contestation in platform societies: The first is the contestation over data commodification versus the promotion of digital commons. The second tension arises between digitalisation as a tool for authoritarian surveillance or as a means for democratic empowerment.

The international symposium aims to advance knowledge on theoretical and empirical grounds by asking how political agency fits into these tensions. We are particularly interested in comparative studies on how different actors (e.g. parties, policy-makers, NGOs) seek to shape digital politics in different world regions.
Period16 May 2023
Event typeWorkshop
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • political communication
  • agency
  • platform society
  • power
  • Industrial action