The Conference on Internet, Law and Politics is to take place for the tenth time this year. In these ten years, it has provided an international academic forum for reflection on the intersection between information and communication technologies and the fields of law and political science, especially in areas such as intellectual property, freedom of expression, privacy, public administration, e-commerce, criminality or participation and politics. In this time, we have had a privileged position to witness the impact on law and politics of the new technologies and applications that have arisen, such as social networks, web 2.0, cloud computing or big data.

These past ten years have seen the development of technologies, and their use in society, that have created tension in terms of their regulation. Likewise, these past ten years have seen calls for the law to act as a mechanism to resolve the new conflicts arising on the internet, as people search for a satisfactory balance between the different interests involved. In terms of politics, these last ten years have seen the appearance of new channels for political participation and important possibilities for transparency and accountability at public administrations. Throughout this time, ICTs have acted as a catalyst for social uprisings, such as Spain’s 15-M or the Arab Spring, which have transformed the national and international political panorama.

This tenth Conference on Internet, Law and Politics looks back and analyses a decade of changes in law and politics brought on by information and communication technologies. Likewise, however, the conference also invites those taking part to look forward and explore the challenges we will have to face in the near future.

Thus, the 10th Conference on Internet, Law and Politics will have two very different parts.

On the one hand, it will look back and look forward. We have invited six renowned international experts to offer analysis of the evolution of the regulation of intellectual property, personal data protection, criminality on the web, e-commerce and the impact of the internet on politics and public administration.

On the other, there will be the usual look at the latest scientific developments from scholars and professionals, who are invited to contribute to this analysis with papers based on their specific lines of research.

The IDP Conference

The nine editions that have already been held have established the IDP Conference as the annual meeting place for researchers, scholars and professionals interested in the consequences of the use of information and communication technologies in the different fields of law and politics. A proof of the international character of the conference is the participation of leading international academics and researchers in previous editions, among others, Benjamin Barber, Lilian Edwards, Jane Ginsburg, James Grimmelmann, Mireille Hildebrandt, Greg Lastowka, Fred von Lohmann, Ronald Leenes, Helen Margetts, Chris Marsden, Eben Moglen, Evgeny Morozov, John Palfrey, Yves Poullet, Stefano Rodotà, Alain Strowel, Cécile de Terwangne, John Vervaele, Duncan Watts or Jonathan Zittrain.

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.

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