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Amélie P. Heldt

Amélie is a lawyer by training and has been working as a researcher at the Leibniz
Institute for Media Research | Hans Bredow Institute (HBI) in the research program
“Transformation of Public Communication” since May 2017. Since December 2020, she is part of the sub-project “Integration-Related Remit and Functions of Public Service Media” within the FGZ (Institute for the Research of Social Cohesion). She is a lecturer in  fundamental and human rights at the Berlin School of Economics and Law.

Her research focuses on platform regulation, social media governance, the impact of new technologies on opinion formation and public discourse, and the exercise of fundamental rights in the context of algorithmic decision-making and autonomous systems. In her doctoral dissertation, she examines the horizontal effect of freedom of expression on social media platforms (supported by the Heinrich Böll Foundation with an individual doctoral grant).

After studying law at the Universities of Paris Ouest Nanterre and Potsdam and designthinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute, she completed her legal clerkship at the Berlin Supreme Court. Amélie Heldt is associated with the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (Berlin) and was a Visiting Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School (USA) in 2019, and a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Cyber, Law & Policy at Haifa University (Israel) in


Heldt, A. P. (2018). Transparenz bei algorithmischen  Entscheidungen – Food for Thoughts. Computer und Recht, 34 (8), 494-500.

Heldt, A. (2018). Wähler oder Verbraucher: zweierlei Maß?. JuWissBlog > read article

Heldt, A. (2019). Let’s Meet Halfway: Sharing New Responsibilities in a Digital Age. Journal of Information Policy, 9, 336-369.

Heldt, A. (2020). Don’t über-blame the algorithms – Lessons from Europe, Knight Foundation (Dec 17, 2020), in a Yale ISP Series: News and Information Disorder in the 2020 US Presidential Election > read article