Call For Papers

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We invite the EuroCPR community to reflect critically on the lessons learned over the last 15 years, and to contribute constructively to ongoing debates about policy and regulation for online content services. More specifically, we invite research papers that address:

  • A single European market for online content services? How is the European market developing for different media and for different parts of the value chain? Which European and global actors will benefit from a single European market? How do firms combine national and international strategies for innovation, service delivery and advertising? How is the single European market hindered by EU, national and nongovernmental regulations and procedures for copyright licensing, copyright clearance, cross border transactions and VAT?
  • New competition and access issues: Net neutrality is part of a broader policy debate on competition and access at the intersection of networks, platforms and content. How are specific parts of the content market affected? How dominant are search engines, what is the economic and cultural impact, and is social networking becoming an alternative for searching and advertising?
  • What are the new intermediaries, e.g. actors that bundle content and devices, and actors that provide content distribution networks? Which new competition and access issues are clear enough to start a debate on market definitions and dominance, and whether policy makers should develop ex-ante regulation or rely on competition law?
  • Data protection and privacy: de-centralised data capture (e.g. by users and sensors) and cloud computing allow for ever-more data to be gathered and used for commercial purposes and for use by public organisations. Online content services that exploit these data, challenge the effectiveness of existing regulations. The exploitation of data is at the heart of many business models. Social networking and virtual worlds are two of the many services. Can we avoid legacy regulation that may stifle innovation and nascent markets? Do we need to adapt existing regulations to protect citizens and create legal certainty for firms and public organisations?
  • Social networking: the development and take-up of social networking sites has been spectacular. The economic and social importance of social networking has made it a focal point in policy debates on privacy, security, digital literacy, and the competitiveness of Europe‚Äôs ICT and media sector. What policy issues emerge from studies on user behaviour? How is social networking integrated with other content services? How do we protect and empower youngsters? What is the right balance between self-regulation and formal regulation to protect privacy, within countries and across borders? What is the role of European firms in social networking, and why?
  • Digital literacy: the social and economic relevance of digital literacy is not disputed. However, the picture is less clear on how digital literacy contributes to social inclusion, involvement of users in the innovation process, take-up of new services and the competitiveness of firms. A related question is how policy programmes add drivers and remove barriers for digital literacy. What can policy makers learn from specific case studies, empirical analysis and policy evaluations?
  • Transnational governance: as new online services evolve, what role do national regulators, international institutions such as ACTA, ICANN, Internet address registries, or private sector self-governance play in setting and enforcing rules? How should inconsistencies between media services delivered over the Internet and those delivered through nationally regulated media outlets be resolved? How much responsibility should private sector internet intermediaries take for policing misbehaviour and enforcing policy?
  • Online content services after 2020: How do new services benefit from the semantic web, 3D, augmented reality, virtual reality, open data (e.g. open public sector data), and the combination of ICT and biotechnology and/or nanotechnology? What are the results of rigorous foresight studies that explore new content services and the implications for policy and regulation?

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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