The legal and political aspects of Online Entertainment will be the main focus of the 8th International Conference on Internet, Law & Politics (IDP 2012), which will be held in Barcelona, on the 9th and 10th of July 2012.
The fast-growing penetration of the Internet, the improvement of broadband networks and the arrival of the New Generation Networks are fostering the flourishing of online entertainment. Social networking sites, UGC platforms, online video games, internet gambling, content delivery networks, new ways of delivering audiovisual contents on demand, are just some examples of this phenomenon.
Online Entertainment raises important issues regarding the law, as well as in the field of political participation. These include questions dealing with privacy, intellectual property, applicable law, net neutrality, the protection of minors, or ISP liability. In addition, access to information and thus the quality of the public discourse and democratic participation are directly affected by the new online media, particularly in societies where the traditional media are under political control.
The IDP 2012 Conference aims to address those and other related issues in order to debate the current challenges, analyze the problems and suggest specific answers to them. The Conference will cover as well other issues in the fields of the Law and Politics which are relevant for the future of the Internet, such as data protection, privacy, the so-called right to be forgotten, Internet policy and governance, the right of access to public information or online political participation.
The seven Internet Law & Politics Conference editions held to date have consolidated IDP Conference as an annual meeting point for researchers, scholars and practitioners interested in the consequences of Information and Communication Technologies in the fields of Law and Politics. Leading academics and researchers have participated as keynote speakers in previous editions of the Conference, including Benjamin Barber, Lilian Edwards, Jane Ginsburg, James Grimmelmann, Ronald Leenes, Helen Margetts, Chris Marsden, Eben Moglen, Evgeny Morozov, John Palfrey, Yves Poullet, Stephano Rodotà, Alain Strowel o Jonathan Zittrain. In addition to invited keynote speakers and panellists, the core of the Conference are the scholarly papers submitted by researchers, which undergo an strict process of peer review, according to what is stated in the call for papers. Accepted papers are included in the electronic proceedings of the papers. The Proceedings of the Internet, Law & Politics Conference 2011 are already available.
The Conference is developed and organised by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) Law and Political Sciences department under the auspices of the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) – the institute that brings together the research activity carried out at the UOC which focuses, for the most part, on the study of the effects of technology on people, organisations and society in general.