Call For Papers

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The Internet plays a fundamental role in economic and societal development in Europe and elsewhere. It is widely recognized as the backbone of the information economy and society. Whereas the Internet remained largely untouched by public policy makers until the end of the 1990s this is no longer the case. Policies for “the future Internet”, be it around technical standards, competition dynamics, innovation, the role of intermediaries and the protection of public interest goals are being intensely discussed around the world. There remains a manifest difference between the dynamics of technological change and the dynamics of proactive regulation. The search after and development of policies for the future Internet illustrates the persistent and critical gap between actual market behaviour and the regulatory process. This calls for research on the opportunities for regulation, existing policy initiatives, and their underlying social processes.

We invite the EuroCPR community to reflect critically on the lessons learned over the past 10 years, and to contribute constructively to ongoing debates about policy and regulation for the future Internet. More specifically, we invite research papers that address:

  • Platform policies for platform economics | The Internet is not an isolated platform. The Internet protocol allows for a much stronger convergence of platforms, services and markets. However, policy and regulation are often tilted towards one platform ignoring the reality of converging communications markets. Topics might include the need for a more comprehensive approach; the possibility of adopting regulation for different platforms; the desirability of such approaches; and the choice between the regulation of platforms vs. the regulation of devices or applications.
  • Competition policies and regulatory issues | There are many debates on competition and access issues at the intersection between networks, platforms and content. How are competition policies applied to inherently global Internet markets? Are there any relevant experiences in Europe, the United States, or other parts of the world? How is dominance on the Internet defined? What are the remedies proposed by competition authorities to trigger more competition in Internet-related markets and, is there indeed evidence that proposed remedies are closely tied to expected outcomes? Furthermore, the recent network neutrality debate stems from the expressed desire by ISPs and other stakeholders to seek additional and/or variable compensation for carrying valuable digital services to end consumers. Compensation might depend on, among others, the size of data transferred and the type of content provider served. ISPs and broadband access providers argue that some network management, already used for some exchange of traffic, is more and more necessary to manage traffic and to ensure quality of service for their clients beyond "best effort". Questions on whose legitimate responsibility it is to manage networks, how to do it and under what circumstances deserve scholarly attention, as do questions related to the impact of network neutrality regulation on the innovative performance of the various stakeholders.
  • Standards | Standardization always has been central in communications sectors and is raising issues with regard to the Internet. It is identified as a key priority in the Digital Agenda; the European Commission has initiated a review of the standard setting process (with the aim of making them more accountable and transparent). Relevant questions concern the European Commission’s initiatives; the choice of the ‘right’ standard, who should make a choice (government authorities, at what level) and with what effect? Interoperabily and "openness" are raising similar issues with respect to the extent and scope of standaridization.
  • Internet of things | The "Internet of Things" (IoT) – i.e. seamlessly integrated physical and virtual objects that exchange data about their identities, their physical properties and information sensed about their environment – is said to form an important part of the future Internet, with RFID technologies paving the way. IoT raises a large number of policy challenges including: governance issues; privacy and data protection; security issues; standardisation; R&D and innovation; awareness and education; spectrum policy; and environmental policy. Scholarly topics of interest include (but are not limited to): Are the policy challenges of IoT different from those discussed for the Internet over the past decade? How will standardisation affect the development of the IoT? What is the role of regulators to help ensure that critical resources in the context of IoT are available? What is the impact of the move to IPv6 and what are the challenges associated with a parallel running of IPv4 and Ipv6?
  • Traditional media policies and the Internet | Traditional media policies are usually characterized by more interventionist government policies to promote societal objectives such as freedom of speech, pluralism, cultural diversity, or protection of minors. Mass media such as broadcasting have been heavily regulated with regard to advertising, local content, and diversity. As more content is available on the Internet questions are emerging about the right regulatory model (e.g. extension of legacy regimes, novel or converged models)?
  • Intellectual property rights and enforcement policies | The Internet allows new distribution channels for rights holders. Some see this as an opportunity for new business models, others as a threat to the protection of intellectual property rights. Several countries are looking at the efficacy of current enforcement frameworks. The EC is also planning a major revamping of the current copyright framework. Assessments of these policies and innovative rights management relating to information and communication rights, proportionality in terms of economic benefit, citizen rights and effectiveness are needed.

Note: Abstracts proposing topics not indicated above, fitting within the overall conference theme, will also be considered by the scientific committee.
Abstracts should be between 350 and 500 words, setting out the main research question, theoretical framework and methodology, research findings and the policy relevance of the main findings. Submissions of abstracts exceeding the word limit or full papers will not be considered at the abstract review stage.

Important information: Abstracts should be submitted in PDF format only via the link for 'abstract submission' on the EuroCPR website.
This link will take you to the easychair conference submission system and you will be invited to sign up for a free account before you submit your abstract.

Questions regarding the abstract submission procedure should be sent to

A selection of papers will be published in special issues of journals like Info and Communications & Strategies. All accepted papers are published in the EuroCPR (ISSN) proceedings.

Download the call for papers document: pdf

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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