Michael Seemann studied Applied Cultural Science at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg and did his doctorate in Media Studies on the power of digital platforms. In 2014, he published the book
"Das Neue Spiel, Strategien für die Welt nach dem digitalen Kontrollverlust" which was partly translated and published as "Digital Tailspin – Ten Rules for the Internet after Snowden" by the
Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam. His third book, "Die Macht der Plattformen – Politik in Zeiten der Internetgiganten" was published in 2021.
He is a lecturer at the University of Cologne, the Berlin University of the Arts and the Leuphana University. In 2016, he was invited to address the German Bundestag as an expert on platform
regulation. He regularly gives talks on several topics including whistleblowing, data privacy, copyright, internet culture, internet history and platforms. He is co-founder and board member of
the Otherwise Network e.V. and has been on the board of the Grimme Forschungskolleg research group since 2017.
Day 1 // 10 AM // Opening Keynote
From Napster to Netflix to World
Domination: How the Entertainment Industry Became the Frontrunner for the Platformization of the World