10 August 2015

Media Consumer Survey 2015: Australian media and digital preferences - fourth edition Deloitte

This fourth edition of Deloitte's Media Consumer Survey provides a current snapshot of how Australians are consuming different media and entertainment, using technology and devices, interacting with social networks and responding to advertising.

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22 July 2015

OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2015 OECD

The digital economy now permeates countless aspects of the world economy, impacting sectors as varied as banking, retail, energy, transportation, education, publishing, media or health. Information and Communication Technologies are transforming the ways social interactions and personal relationships are conducted, with fixed, mobile and broadcast networks converging, and devices and objects increasingly connected to form the Internet of things.

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20 July 2015

The Mobile Internet: Open. Affordable. Content That Matters. Internet Society

While there's no question that the mobile Internet is changing everything, there are still big reasons why people aren't logging on. The 2015 Global Internet Report presents data that shows it's not always a question of if it's available, but rather how cost and a lack of useful content are core to why people are not opting in.

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19 July 2015

OECD: Countries should address disruptive effects of the digital economy OECD

Countries are making increased efforts to develop their digital economies in a way that will maximise social and economic benefits, but now need to address the risk of disruption in areas like privacy and jobs, according to a new OECD report.

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12 July 2015

Redefining privacy and anonymity through social networking affordances by Angela M. Cirucci First Monday

Abstract: Social networking sites allow people to create, broadcast, and interpret the self in new and evolving ways. While early online social media studies praised the Internet for providing an anonymous space in which to experiment with identity, more recent research suggests that social networking sites have become not anonymous, as they compel users to perform identity in new ways.

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15 June 2015

Navigating Cybersquatting Enforcement In The Expanding Internet by Jordan A. Arnot John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law

Abstract: It has always been a considerable task to police something as vast at the Internet for trademark violations and abuse. As the Internet develops with the ongoing launch of hundreds of new gTLDs, so does the host of enforcement options available to those seeking to protect the value of trademarks and other intellectual property.

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08 June 2015

The New Cybersecurity Agenda: Economic and Social Challenges to a Secure Internet by Johannes M. Bauer & William H. Dutton Social Science Research Network

Abstract: This paper focuses on key economic and social factors underpinning worldwide issues around cybersecurity and, identifies a new agenda for addressing these issues that is being shaped by the Internet and related information and communication technologies, such as social media. All actors in the widening ecology of the Internet require a better social and cultural understanding of cybersecurity issues in order to effectively engage all relevant stakeholders in processes aimed at enhancing cybersecurity.

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06 April 2015

The New gTLD Program or the More Things Change the More Things Stay the Same by Jack Vidovich American University

Abstract: The New gTLD Program purports to increase the amount of domain names available on the Internet. This Article suggests that The Program will not meet its stated goals. The Article demonstrates this shortcoming by analyzing the jurisprudence from the Legal Rights Objection and forecasting how other courts and panels will absorb these principles, and adjudicate gTLD disputes in the near future.

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15 March 2015

Sovereignty and Property Rights: Conceptualizing the Relationship between ICANN, ccTLDs and National Governments by Milton Mueller & Farzaneh Badiei Social Science Research Network

Abstract: Can ccTLDs be considered property? Or are they sovereign rights? Or are they somehow both? In recent litigation involving the top level domain for Iran (.IR), plaintiffs sought to garnish the domain as a form of property that could be used to compensate victims of terrorist acts allegedly backed by the Iranian state. Similar cases seeking to garnish ccTLDs have affected Syria (.SY) and the Congo (.CG).

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08 March 2015

Youth, privacy and online media: Framing the right to privacy in public policy-making by Gry Hasselbalch Lapenta, Rikke Frank Jørgensen First Monday

Abstract: The right to privacy is a fundamental human right defined in international and regional human rights instruments. As such it has been included as a core component of key legislature and policy proceedings throughout the brief history of the World Wide Web.

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09 February 2015

How to control the Internet: Comparative political implications of the Internet's engineering by Steven Lloyd Wilson First Monday

Abstract: The spread of the Internet has had a profound impact on the social sciences, but understanding of how the engineering realities of the Internet's construction shape its political effects still lags.

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29 January 2015

The Role of Data in Promoting Growth and Well-Being OECD

Data forms a key pillar in 21st century sources of growth. The confluence of several trends, including the increasing migration of socio-economic activities to the Internet and the decline in the cost of data collection, storage and processing, are leading to the generation and use of huge volumes of data - commonly referred to as "big data". These large data sets are becoming a core asset in the economy, fostering new industries, processes and products and creating significant competitive advantages.

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12 January 2015

Censorship is f̶u̶t̶i̶l̶e̶ possible but difficult: A study in algorithmic ethnography by Paul Watters First Monday

Abstract: Discourse around censorship tends to be sensationalised in many quarters. Nabi (2014), for example, recently sought to "prove ... the futility" of governments engaged in censorship programmes through the Streisand Effect.

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16 December 2014

Measuring the Digital Economy: A New Perspective OECD

Measuring the Digital Economy: A New Perspective uses internationally comparable indicators to provide a comprehensive perspective on the digital economy.

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07 December 2014

China and Technical Global Internet Governance: Beijing's Approach to Multi-Stakeholder Governance within ICANN, WSIS and the IGF by Tristan Galloway & Baogang He [Deakin University] Social Science Research Network

Abstract: Since the late 1990s, the Chinese government has engaged in a process of attempting to reform the technical global internet governance regime, which is currently dominated by the US government and non-state actors.

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18 November 2014

OECD Report: The Economics of Transition to IPv6 OECD

This report makes the case that IPv6 represents an example of a platform; within the context of IPv6, the sides of the platform are Internet service providers, backbone providers, device manufacturers, content providers, and so forth. The net benefits to adopting the new platform are not distributed equally across sides.

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16 November 2014

OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2014 OECD

The OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2014 reviews key trends in science, technology and innovation (STI) policies, and performance in more than 45 economies, including OECD countries and major emerging economies

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14 November 2014

Wireless Market Structures and Network Sharing OECD

A key issue for policy makers and regulators across the OECD area is the market structures that will best deliver efficient and inclusive mobile communication services. This has led to two issues addressed in this report, namely: the recent experience in selected countries, which have changed or held constant the number of facilities based operators; and the initial experience and key questions that have arisen with wireless network sharing.

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02 November 2014

Baywatch: Two Approaches to Measure the Effects of Blocking Access to the Pirate Bay by Joost Poort, Jorna Leenheer, Jeroen Van der Ham & Cosmin Dumitru Social Science Research Network

Abstract: In the fight against the unauthorised sharing of copyright protected material, aka piracy, Dutch Internet Service Providers have been summoned by courts to block their subscribers' access to The Pirate Bay (TPB) and related sites.

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29 September 2014

Lawful Hacking: Using Existing Vulnerabilities for Wiretapping on the Internet by Steven M. Bellovin, Matt Blaze, Sandy Clark & Susan Landau Social Science Research Network

Abstract: For years, legal wiretapping was straightforward: the officer doing the intercept connected a tape recorder or the like to a single pair of wires. By the 1990s, though, the changing structure of telecommunications -- there was no longer just "Ma Bell" to talk to -- and new technologies such as ISDN and cellular telephony made executing a wiretap more complicated for law enforcement. Simple technologies would no longer suffice.

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25 August 2014

Between Coordination and Regulation: Conceptualizing Governance in Internet Governance by Jeanette Hofmann, Christian Katzenbach & Kirsten Gollatz Social Science Research Network

Abstract: This paper contributes to the recent move towards a more systematic reflection on the conceptual foundations of Internet governance. It is led by the question of how to define (Internet) governance in a way that is theoretically grounded as well as empirically instructive. For this aim, it mobilizes literature from the broader field of governance and regulation studies as well as sociological theory and applies these concepts to issues of Internet governance.

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15 June 2014

Time to terminate termination charges? OECD

It used to cost well over $2 a minute to call between OECD countries. The breakup of telecoms monopolies and the introduction of competition means callers now pay as little as $0.01 per minute, or may even have unlimited calls as part of a monthly bundle. Outside the OECD countries, the price has been dropping too, accompanied by a huge increase in traffic. Calls from the United States to India increased eight fold over 2003-2011 for example. But not everybody has benefited. Despite a massive increase in the number of telephones in Africa, international calls to that continent from the United States remained stagnant during this same period.

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12 May 2014

Online Dispute Resolution – The Phenomenon of the UDRP by Andrew F. Christie Social Science Research Network

Abstract: Judged against its objective of providing an alternative to litigation in national courts for resolving domain name disputes, the ICANN Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy has proved a phenomenal success.

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04 May 2014

Understanding ICANN's Complexity in a Growing and Changing Internet by Cecilia Testart, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Social Science Research Network

Abstract: Historically, the primary governance of the Internet has been in the hands of ICANN, a non-profit corporation appointed by the US government to develop policy for and manage the critical resources of the Internet: Internet Protocol addresses, Domain Names System and parameter numbers. However, because of the immense global influence of the Internet, other national governments and international organizations are seeking to rapidly become involved in this policy-development sphere. In this particularly decisive moment of the Internet, there is a need to understand the structure and processes of ICANN before any further change.

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15 April 2014

Confronting Collective Harm: Technology's Transformative Impact on Child Pornography by Jane Bailey [University of New Brunswick Law Journal] Social Science Research Network

Abstract: The epigraph suggests a dichotomy that makes categorization simple - those who accept that Internet and new communication technologies present changes "in kind" which necessitate abandonment of "old" ways of thinking about law, politics, and society, and those who deny this new reality and seek to treat it merely as incremental change. Those in the latter group are not infrequently portrayed as luddites, unwilling and unable to accept that technology necessitates rethinking everything from the ground up. Through the exploration of the impact of emerging technologies on child pornography, I suggest that this dichotomy is more fictional than real; technological developments can facilitate both transformative and incremental change. Perhaps more importantly, I suggest that transformations brought about by technology need not compel us in every instance to abandon old ways of thinking. These transformations may actually reaffirm the significance of previously made commitments and values that have been under-recognized in examinations of the justification for existing laws. In so doing, these transformations offer us not only the opportunity to get clearer about our values and commitments, but to explore new justifications for "old" ways of thinking that did not previously exist, were ignored, or were once considered weak.

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