Prof. Dr. Jeanette Hofmann

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Jeanette Hofmann is a political scientist and heads the group “Politics of Digitalization” at the WZB. She is Founding Director of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and Professor of Internet Policy at the FU Berlin. As Principal Investigator at the Weizenbaum Institute, she heads two research groups. She is a member of the Standing Committee on Digital Society at the Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. From 2010 to 2013, she was an expert in the Enquete Commission Internet and Digital Society of the German Bundestag.

At the international level, she participated in the UN World Summit on the Information Society and the Internet Governance Forum. Her current research focuses on digitalisation and democracy as well as the emergence of internet policy in Germany. Her further research scrutinizes the regulation of the internet at the international level and “big data” as an object of analysis and as a quantifying form of regulation.



+49 30 254 91 288




Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)
  • Positions

    Principal Investigator (PI):

    Research Group 12: Democracy and digitalisation

    Research Group 18: Quantification and Social Regulation

  • Committees and functions
    • “Head of Research Group “The Internet Policy Field”, WZB Berlin Social Science Center”
    • Professor of Internet Politics, Department of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin
    • Honorary Professor of Internet Politics, University of the Arts Berlin
    • Director and Founder, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
    • Leopoldina – German National Academy of Sciences Member, Standing Committee “Digitized Society”
    • Leopoldina – German National Academy of Sciences acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities Spokesperson, Working Group “Digitalisation and Democracy”
    • Leopoldina – German National Academy of Sciences acatech – National academy of Science and Engineering Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities Member, Working Group “Big Data – Data Protection – Privacy”
    • Expert member, Parliamentary Enquiry Commission Internet and Digital Society, Deutscher Bundestag
    • Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe) Member, Programme Advisory Council
    • Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) Member, International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB), Barcelona
    • German Commission for UNESCO Member, Committee “Communication and Information”
    • Heinrich-Böll-Foundation Member, Green Academy
    • Member of Project Group “Kulturraum Internet” in the Research Unit “Organization and Technology”, WZB
  • Fields of research
    • Internet Policy
    • Internet Governance
    • Governance Theory
    • Digital Society
    • Empirical Copyright Law
    • Transnational Regulation
    • Emergence of Policy Fields
    • Science and Technology Studies


ABIDA – Assessing Big Data (BMBF)

Networks of Outrage – Mapping the Emergence of New Extremism in Europe (Volkswagen Stiftung)



Hofmann, J. (2017). Constellations of Trust and Distrust in Internet Governance. In European Commission (eds.), Risks of Eroding Trust – Trust at Risk: Implications for EU Policies and Institutions, Report of the Expert Group Trust at Risk? Foresight on the Medium-Term Implications for European Research and Innovation Policies, 85-98. Brussels. DOI:

Hofmann, J., Katzenbach, C. & Gollatz, K. (2017). Between Coordination and Regulation: Finding the Governance in Internet Governance. New Media & Society 19 (9), 1406-1423. DOI:

Hofmann, J. & Bergemann, B. (2016). Die informierte Einwilligung. Ein Datenschutzphantom. Spektrum der Wissenschaft Kompakt ‘Der Datenmensch’, 50-59.

Hofmann, J. (2016). Multi-Stakeholderism in Internet Governance. Putting a Fiction into Practice. Journal of Cyber Policy 1 (1), 29-49. DOI:

Hofmann, J. (2016). Open Access. Ein Lackmustest. In T. Dreier, V. Fischer, A. van Raay, I. Spiecker gen. Döhmann (eds.), Informationen der öffentlichen Hand – Zugang und Nutzung. Studien zur Informationsfreiheit, Bd. 3, 511-535. Baden-Baden. DOI:

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