Stefano Pedrazzi
 +41 26 300 8423

Platforms, algorithms, automation, social bots, media regulation and governance, media structures, media change, digitalization


Since January 2018, Stefano Pedrazzi has been working as a research and teaching assistant and doctoral student at the Department of Communication and Media Research at the University of Fribourg. He holds a degree in media science, economics and modern history from the University of Zurich. Prior to that, he was employed for several years as project manager and consultant at Prime Research and IRF Communications. His research activities focus on questions relating to algorithms and their effects on media systems.

Research and publications

  • Publications

    Oehmer, F. & Pedrazzi, S. (2019). Myth #29: The Internet Destroys the Integrity of Elections. In: M.C. Kettemann & S. Dreyer (eds.): Busted! The Truth about the 50 Most Common Internet Myths. Hamburg: Verlag Hans-Bredow-Institut, 134-137.


    Pedrazzi, S. & Menzi, L. (2009). Italien. In: Siegert, G., Thomas, N. & Mellmann, U. (Eds.): Werbung im internationalen Vergleich: Zustand und Entwicklung. München: Verlag R. Fischer, 109-123.




    Pedrazzi, S. & Oehmer, F. (2020). Was schützt (vor) Social Bots? Medienpolitische Vorschläge zur Governance von computergenerierten Softwareagenten im Internet. Presented at the 65. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK), March 10 - 12, 2020, München.

    Oehmer, F. & Pedrazzi, S. (2019). Communication Rights for Social Bots? An Interdisciplinary Proposal for the Regulation of Computer-Generated Online Identities in Switzerland. Presented at the Communication Rights in the Digital Age Conference (organized by the Helsinki Media Policy Research Group, the University of Helsinki, the ECREA Communication Law and Policy Section and the Euromedia Research Group), October 24 - 25, 2019, Helsinki.

    Oehmer, F. & Pedrazzi, S. (2019). Freedom of Expression for Social Bots? An Interdisciplinary Proposal for the Governance of Computer-Generated Online Identities in Switzerland. Presented at the 2019 annual conference of the Swiss Association of Communication and Media Research (SACM), April 4 - 5, 2019, St.Gallen.

    Pedrazzi, S. (2018). Algorithmic Selection and Media Governance​: Revising the Media Governance Concept to Account for Effects of Algorithmic Selection and Reality Construction​. Presented at the 7th European Communication Conference (ECC), ECREA 2018, October 31 - November 3, 2018, Lugano.

    Schemer, C., Ryffel, F., & Pedrazzi, S. (2015). Communicator Matching Effects in Persuasion: Susceptibility to Persuasive Appeals from Emotional and Rational Communicators and the Moderating Role of Attitude Meta-Bases. Paper presented at the conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), May 21 - 25, 2015, San Juan.