CNM Research Talk: The Power Of Platforms- Presented By Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen


Platform companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter have clearly emerged as effective brokers in hard as well as soft power. But they also take advantage of more distinctive forms of platform power. Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen identifies 5 components of platform power:

  • standards
  • connections
  • automated action at scale
  • secrecy
  • fungibility

The enabling, transformative and productive nature of these platforms empower its users, even as they force them to become more dependent. He argues that platform power is neither sovereign nor arbitrary, but deeply relational. Ultimately, platform power is closely aligned to the provider’s strategic interests, and continues to drive a structural transformation of nothing less than the media environment.


Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is Director of Research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Professor of Political Communication at the University of Oxford, and editor in chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics. Recent books include The Changing Business of Journalism and its Implications for Democracy (2010, edited with David A. L. Levy), Ground Wars: Personalized Communication in Political Campaigns (2012) (winner of the Doris Graber Award from the American Political Science Association, awarded for the best book in political communication published in the last ten years), and Political Journalism in Transition: Western Europe in a Comparative Perspective (2014, edited with Raymond Kuhn).

1 November 2017
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
Blk AS6, #03-33
CNM Meeting Room


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