Torben Klausa researches, writes and presents on platform regulation issues.

Occasionally he does other things, as well. Mostly in Berlin, sometimes in Bielefeld.

What I do:



Does the state have a legal duty to regulate digital platforms? And if so, what should regulation look like?
I am investigating questions like these as a doctoral student at the Faculty of Law at Bielefeld University. There, I am writing my doctoral thesis at the Chair of Public Law and the Law of Digitalization, funded by a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation.

Currently, I am also visiting scholar in the research group “Politics of Digitalization” at the Berlin Social Science Center. Previously, I used to be a fellow at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society and the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI).

In addition, I comment on the world of digital regulation in conversations with journalists, for example as an expert and interview partner for Deutschlandfunk Kultur or 3sat Kulturzeit.



For Tagesspiegel Background Digitalization & AI as well as for other outlets, I report on digital policy and platform regulation – from the Network Enforcement Act to the State Media Treaty to the draft of the European Union’s Digital Services Act. In addition, I occasionally write blogposts, for example for Lawfare Blog, Telemedicus, or Verfassungsblog.



I enjoy talking to digital decision makers about the topics that excite them – whether on or off the Internet. On occasion, I also do this publicly at events or on television, for example for re:publica, German media authorities, and the Schwarzkopf Foundation.



Together with other Hertie School alumni, I am involved in the Her.Tietz Initiative for coming to terms with the Nazi history of the non-profit Hertie Foundation.

A bit older is Home from Hertie, a portrait project about my former fellow students at the Hertie School, with photos by the wonderful Carla Hustedt.

How to reach me:

Preferably digitally:

Imprint / Impressum

Torben Klausa
c/o RA Matutis
Berliner Straße 57
14467 Potsdam

Foto: © Martin Funck