Hans-Christian Gräfe is a fully qualified lawyer and research associate at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society. He was part of the research group Responsibility and the Internet of Things (RIoT). His research interests focus primarily on media and information law, more specifically online media law, especially on the impact of technology on communication and the media itself.
In this context, the challenges for the opinion-forming process are in focus, e.g. the use of Big Data applications in social media. He holds various lectureships, including private commercial law at the Technical University of Berlin and social media law at the Northern Business School Hamburg and the University of Vilnius.In addition, Hans has been involved for years with the legal blog Telemedicus.info on information society law. There he is a member of the editorial board and deals with media and copyright law issues as well as the organization of the Telemedicus summer conference.
Besides working in the RIoT research group, Hans worked as a research assistant for Mario Brandenburg in the project group “AI and Media (Social Media, Opinion Formation, Democracy)” of the Enquete Commission AI of the German Bundestag. Postgradually, he completed the LL.M. program in Intellectual Property and Media Law at Humboldt University in Berlin. Prior to joining the Weizenbaum Institute, Hans was a research associate and the Erasmus coordinator at the Faculty of Law of the Ruhr University in Bochum. At the same time, he was a research assistant at the Distance Learning University in Hagen. During his legal clerkship, Hans was assigned to the District Court of Münster.
He spent time at SKW Schwarz Attorneys at Law in Berlin in the IT & Digital Business team, the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer with a seminar on digital infrastructures, LEXEA Attorneys at Law in Cologne and the German Consulate General in Barcelona. Hans studied law in Marburg, Madrid and Münster. At the Institute for ITM Law in Münster, he obtained an additional qualification in Intellectual Property Law. In Marburg, he focused on private media law. In addition to his studies and legal clerkship, he has been involved in a number of projects outside the legal profession, e.g. participating in Model United Nations and organizing symposia and seminars.
Hans has already published or lectured on many individual topics concerning the formation of public opinion on the Internet. Starting with fundamental topics such as anonymity on the Internet and the relationship between freedom and responsibility in shaping communication spaces, e.g. in copyright law, as well as the legal tangibility of disinformation and illegitimate online communication. Furthermore, Hans has dealt with the broad area of AI use in journalism and the media, here in particular with text automation and topics around avatars and deepfakes. Social media topics are always a special field, be it regulatory and legal compliance or special problems such as influencer marketing or microtargeting.