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A digital agenda ...

The European Commission introduced a Digital Agenda to accelerate the deployment of advanced ICT in Europe in 2010. This is one of the seven flagship initiatives proposed in the Commission’s Europe 2020 Communication (successor to the Lisbon Strategy). It outlines Europe’s economic strategy from 2010 to 2020. The Digital Agenda sets out the main policies for the ICT sector during this decade with numerous actions foreseen across several domains: the digital single market; interoperability and standards; trust and security; fast and ultra-­‐fast internet access; research and innovation; digital literacy, skills and inclusion; and ICT-­‐enabled benefits for society, with the Commission leading in some areas and Member States in others.
It is too early for an overall assessment of the Digital Agenda but it is appropriate to examine this major initiative from the perspective of the impact of economic trends, including the financial crisis, and other issues that may jeopardize the achievement of policy priorities and objectives. Progress towards meeting goals of the Digital Agenda is being monitored by a Digital Agenda Scoreboard (see
http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/digital-­‐agenda/scoreboard/) and related documentation. In mid-­‐2012 it was stated that ‘progress towards achieving key performance targets is mildly positive’ (DA Scoreboard, referring among others to an increased regular Internet usage among disadvantaged groups, an increase in online buying, etc. while acknowledging too slow progress in other areas like, e.g. roaming prices not falling fast enough). Some commentators have expressed concerns that some of the goals set by this flagship initiative will not be easily achieved.

...in search of evidence

EuroCPR invites abstracts for theoretically and empirically grounded papers that reflect critically on the Digital Agenda as such and on factors contributing to progress towards the Digital Agenda goals so far which draw on the results of research to inform ongoing policy debates on issues relevant to the Digital Agenda. Proposers may address questions such as, for example:

** What are the factors explaining progress to date? What are the positive contributions of the Digital Agenda and why? Is the Digital Agenda overly ambitious and why? EuroCPR welcomes contributions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and which focus specifically on any of the Digital Agenda domains indicated above. We are particularly interested in abstracts addressing three issue areas.

(1) The digital single market: The numbers of people regularly using the Internet are continuing to increase and online sales are rising steadily, though unevenly, within and across Member State markets. Cross-­‐border online purchases were low at 9.6% in 2011 in view of the target of 20% of total online sales by 2015. Experience is also uneven across digital media sectors such as music, e-­‐ books, interactive Pay VOD, etc., and, in many cases, traditional channels (bricks & mortar) are still dominant. Digital market performance stands in sharp contrast to expectations. For example, advertising revenues online do not make up for losses in the offlline market. There clearly is scope for improvement.

** What factors account for current performance? What are the drivers and impediments to online cross-­‐border trade? What comparative evidence exists across Member States? How can policy play a role and find a middleground between protecting digital property, enabling online consumption and respecting citizens’ rights.

(2) The deployment of ultra-­‐fast broadband: the aim is for 50% of EU subscribers to have access to broadband above 100 Mbps by 2020, but ‘superfast’ broadband is still relatively scarce across the European Union market. Uptake is lagging even where these connections are available. It may be that demand is latent and that strong demand will emerge once higher broadband speeds become more widely available. However, even in Denmark where ultra fast broadband access is available to 38% of potential subscribers, uptake is only 0.5%. Meanwhile, some countries are developing new strategies to improve access to passive infrastructure, such as clearinghouse models, information obligations and mandatory sharing of existing and new facilities.

** What explains the availability-­‐uptake discrepancy? How can supply side policies be more aligned with demand side policies? How should policy foster a ‘level playing field’ for broadband uptake? What features of consumer preference and behaviour in the digital media market and online sharing culture might explain observable trends in broadband uptake?

(3) Model(s) of competition: Next Generation Access (NGA) is influenced by the competition model that is favoured by the European Commission. It may be that the scope of the regulatory framework should be 'winding down' (addressing fewer markets, gradually excluding all retail and voice services, to focus on network interoperability and investment). Another view is to consider 'winding up' (expanding to include some services in the applications layer to address the increasing power of for example, OTT (Over-­‐The-­‐Top) and social media players). Most growth is coming from US-­‐based and some Asian players at present, and voice traffic revenues are declining. The model of competition also has important implications for other parts of the digital media/telecoms value chain.

** Is there a need for a new set of policies or regulations to address competition in the digital media/telecoms market? Is EU competition law fit for purpose in an increasingly complex and connected market? What are the likely outcomes of existing EU competition law? What adaptations are needed and why? How can one analyse new competition issues and market powers all along the value chain (also taking into account consumer surplus and social welfare)? EuroCPR is happy to accept proposals on similar issues in other parts of the world. Accepted papers are presented in an international session.

Practical Information

Time lines!!

Call for abstracts: 1 September
Deadline for abstracts: 26 October
Notification of selected abstracts: 23 November
Deadline for completed papers: 22 February (note: submission of your full paper is a requirement for inclusion in the programme)

Abstracts should ...

  • be 500 words maximum;
  • specify the research question, highlight the theoretical framework and methods, summarise the empirical content and findings, and highlight the policy relevance;
  • be submitted through the online submission system at www.eurocpr.org.


Euro-CPR is using the easychair online submission system. To submit an abstract to EuroCPR 2013 please go to the EuroCPR 2013 online submission page. If you do not have an account with easychair you must set one up. If you have used easychair as an author or reviewer for a previous conference, you can reuse your existing password and account. Please ensure that your abstract is anonymised. You will be invited to enter your personal invitation into a separate section.

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All abstracts will be subject to blind peer review by the members of the EuroCPR Scientific Committee (list of members at the bottom of this document).

Conference format

The conference takes place in open plenary sessions consisting of two paper presentations (20 minutes each) with two discussants (10-­‐15 minutes each), with general questions. A maximum of 80 participants in the conference is deliberately intended to favour quality of debate over quantity and to encourage a high level of interaction. A mix of senior and junior participants from academia, policy and industry ensures debates that are relevant to policy and strategy and informed by scholarly research. The conference includes a social programme.

Registration

Registration will open at www.eurocpr.org on 23 November. The conference fee is 270 Euro (120 Euro for PhD students).

Publications

Selected EuroCPR papers may be published, subject to peer review, in journals such as Communications & Strategies, Telecommunications Policy or Info. This varies from year to year.
A selection of EuroCPR 2012 papers has been published in Info.

For more information you can contact Prof. Dr. Karen Donders (chair organisation committee)

Download the call for papers document: pdf

online submission system

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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