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Pay per Pixel

In the near future, the price of a movie will be based to the size of the screen it is displayed on—at least according to Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation. Whether that will actually happen is unclear, but business models are indeed in flux as media switches to digital and user expectations adjust accordingly. In the ESRC we will talk about how audiovisual media (e.g. film, animation, games, television etc) can cope with these developments. Specifically, we want to explore how new business models develop and how they reflect the evolving behavior of users. What implications does this have on copyright legislation and data protection, and on the norms and regulations that emerge outside the legal realm? We consider this theme from a multidisciplinary perspective, and welcome contributions from the areas of media studies, law, social sciences and economics. This session will bring together experts in the relevant research and practical fields.

Research questions and topics can include:

  • How do user behaviors change for traditional content media?

  • How can we envision new business models for audiovisual media production?

  • In what regard do legal and social norms govern innovation processes?

  • How do audiovisual content creators deal with unclear legal situations?

  • To what extent does new audiovisual media pose challenges to copyright rules and vice versa?

  • Which conflicts exist between user metrics and data protection law?

Track Chair
  • Urs Kind, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
  • Rike Maier, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
  • Lies van Roessel, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
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Private Information – Open Debates

Privacy debates in the age of the Internet are prominent focal points of all the challenges arising from increased network connection, new data generation and collection techniques and conflicting cultural values. In the ESRC, we want to explore the governance of privacy works on a global scale. What are the global governance challenges of privacy? How is privacy understood and perceived in different fora and what does that mean for governing privacy? We welcome perspectives from all disciplines and from theoretical and empirical backgrounds to contribute to our debate on governance and privacy. During the session there will be very brief five-minute inputs by the authors of the papers and ample of room for discussion and the generation of new ideas.

Research questions and topics can include:

  • How are privacy issues perceived and discussed in arenas of global governance (e.g. IGF, UN, IETF, ITU, ISO but also global corporations and activist groups)?

  • What is the role of specific actors in the governance of privacy and how does that reflect changing or consolidating structures of governance?

  • What are the cultural and/or normative perceptions underlying attitudes towards privacy in the arenas of global governance? And what do they matter?

  • What is the role of technology in global privacy governance?

  • How do technological, legal, social and economic modes of governance interact with regard to privacy?

  • How do understandings of privacy governance differ across disciplines and why does it matter?

Track Chair
  • Jörg Pohle, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
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