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31st European Communications Policy Research Conference

“CONTENT CREATION AND DISTRIBUTION IN THE DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET”

14-15th March 2016

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Place du Congrés 1, Brussels

CALL FOR ABSTRACT

Online content and carriage have always been interlocked. Yet today’s electronic communications markets and policy are tested by the sheer abundance of online content and its need for distribution through multiple channels and regardless of frontiers. Access to a wide variety of relevant content is key to democracy and the exercise of fundamental rights, just as the freedom to express oneself and disseminate and access content irrespective of means of communication is fundamental for pluralism. Moreover, content creation, distribution and consumption are increasingly occupying a crucial role for the success of online business and European competitiveness on the internet. Besides authors and media companies, internet users also increasingly generate content, which in turn contributes to the richness of diverse information available to European citizens, and beyond.

The more access to content becomes valuable, the greater the stakes in securing a prominent role in the selection and distribution of content, especially in the online environment. The presence of network externalities and centripetal forces on the internet, coupled with a relatively favourable regulatory environment in many legal systems that grants a menu of safe harbours to online intermediaries, has led many online intermediaries to occupy a remarkably large space in the internet ecosystem. These new powerful players have come to disrupt and also replace traditional publishers and content distributors as the real intermediaries between content producers and consumers.

To EU policy makers such trends can be ambiguous either representing the disruptive forces of competition or as indicators for new points of control in the internet ecosystem. Some commentators and policy makers argue that structural, aggressive policy measures are needed, from network neutrality to platform regulation, and antitrust interventions such as even breaking up large intermediaries to limit their ability to capitalise on their vertical and conglomerate integration. Others argue that the new online intermediaries represent a welcome disruptive innovation that should be allowed and enabled, as they bring further benefits to consumers, and as they introduce innovative business models such as personalized services and predictive algorithms.

The European Commission recently acknowledged in its Digital Single Market Strategy the growing importance of creating a fertile environment for content creation and distribution. Priority has therefore been given to content-related policy initiatives such as reforming copyright law, evaluating the “fitness” of legislation on audio-visual media services, and taking action against detrimental geo-blocking practices that limit cross-border access to content. At the same time, concerns about the role of intermediaries are being tackled through antitrust investigations and sectoral inquiries (e.g. on e-commerce), and also through an online public consultation to be launched in the fall of 2015. All these efforts are likely to usher in a new wave of policy measures aimed at ensuring that the Digital Single Market is increasingly a place in which content can be created, funded and flow seamlessly across countries, in a way that stimulates the interests of creators while giving access to diverse contents to end users.

WE INVITE PAPERS ON THE FOLLOWING SUBJECT

  • Old and new value chains for content creation: innovation, sector dynamics and changing technology of content delivery and distribution networks

  • Narrowing or extending the scope of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive: Are changes needed?

  • Co-regulation in content delivery and distribution: how effective is co-regulation in delivering and supporting regulatory objectives?

  • Media pluralism and media diversity in an age of abundance: beyond net neutrality?

  • Cross-cultural, cross-border and cross-countries consumption: do we need a Digital Single Market  for all content services?

  • The future of news production and distribution

  • The future of film support schemes and cultural heritage initiatives

  • Toward a demand driven content economics: EU policies pertaining to online intermediaries

  • Everything’s cloud: Effective policy and regulation for cloud service providers

  • Content delivery in the streaming era: policy challenges

  • How to tax digital content and services?

  • Copyright enforcement in the Digital Single Market

  • Copyright and copyleft: enabling the circulation of works while stimulating creation

  • Emerging patterns of consumption: multiscreens, multidevices, multiusers

  • The right measure of personalisation: consumers’ privacy, autonomy and choice

  • Empowering end-users in the age of personalised services and datanomics

  • Technology as an enabler or a barrier to participation (new digital divide)

  • Impact of digital technologies on the economics of content creation


  • Open Data and the economic, innovation-related, legal and regulatory challenges



In line with the EuroCPR philosophy, we welcome papers that reflect on the business/policy and policy/legal dimensions of the topics listed above as well as on their societal and economic implications. We welcome papers that compare policy trends in Europe and other regions of the world. Please note that also papers that are relevant to the overall conference theme, but not directly related to the suggested themes and topics, will be considered for participation in the conference. All papers will be assessed by a panel of independent reviewers.

A selection of EuroCPR papers will be published in journals such as Communications & Strategies; Telecommunications Policy; and Info, the journal of policy, regulation and strategy for telecommunications, information and media.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Important dates

Deadline for abstract submission: 31 October 2015

Notification of selected abstracts:  30 November 2015

Deadline for submitting final papers: 15 February 2016

Abstracts

Abstracts should be no longer than 1000 words and should address the research question, outline the main results, theory, methods and data (as appropriate) and highlight the policy relevance.

Euro-CPR is using the Easychair online submission system. To submit an abstract to EuroCPR 2016 please go to the online submission page at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=eurocpr2016.

All abstracts will be subject to a blind review procedure by the members of the EuroCPR Scientific Committee. The members are listed at http://www.eurocpr.org/scientific-committee.html.

Registration

Registration will open on the 1st of November 2016 at www.eurocpr.org.

The conference registration fee is €300.

Students, including doctoral students, can access the conference at the special price of €100.


ABOUT EUROCPR

EuroCPR is organised annually with the ambition to contribute constructively and critically to European Information Society Policy developments. The conference addresses the use of ICT throughout society and economy as well as the evolution of the ICT and media sectors. EuroCPR uniquely brings together academia, policy makers, and industry representatives in order to facilitate systematic interaction and critical analysis of both the highest academic excellence and the maximum policy and industrial relevance. The conference takes place most often in a single room, with sessions consisting of two presentations with discussants, and a general debate. The format of the conference is deliberately kept small - with a maximum of 80 participants - favouring quality over quantity and encouraging a high level of interaction. EuroCPR invites abstracts for theoretically and empirically grounded papers that reflect critically the developments that are part of the Digital Agenda and the Internal Digital Market and on factors contributing to progress towards EU public policy goals so far.

Important Dates

Call for papers
September 2015
Submission of abstracts
31 October 2015
Notification of acceptance
30 November 2015
Full paper submission
15 February 2016
EuroCPR Conference
14-15 March 2016