Research articles

Analysing internet policy as a field of struggle


Julia Pohle, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)
Maximilian Hösl, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)
Ronja Kniep, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)
PUBLISHED ON: 25 Jul 2016 DOI: 10.14763/2016.3.412

The internet and its regulation are the result of continuous conflicts. By analysing policy fields as fields of struggle, this essay proposes to observe processes of discursive institutionalisation to uncover core conflicts inscribed into internet policy.

Rebalancing interests and power structures on crowdworking platforms


Ayad Al-Ani, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)
Stefan Stumpp, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)
PUBLISHED ON: 30 Jun 2016 DOI: 10.14763/2016.2.415

This paper is part of ' Regulating the sharing economy ', a Special Issue of the Internet Policy Review. Disclaimer: This study was completed with the support of the German service sector union ver.di. We would like to thank the participating platforms and their communities for the opportunity to conduct a survey. We would also like to thank the

Sharing without laws: an exploration of social practices and ad hoc labeling standards in online movie piracy


Roberto Tietzmann, Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS)
Liana Gross Furini, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS)
PUBLISHED ON: 30 Jun 2016 DOI: 10.14763/2016.2.416

This paper discusses self-labelling standards as sharing mediators in pirated versions of movies available online.

Defining the relevant market in the sharing economy


Francesco Russo, University of Amsterdam
Maria Luisa Stasi, European University Institute
PUBLISHED ON: 30 Jun 2016 DOI: 10.14763/2016.2.418

Sharing economy businesses open up new markets and bring about new regulatory challenges. These could be solved with traditional competition instruments, although adapted to the peculiar features of the sharing economy, including, among others, multi-sidedness and the presence of different externalities.

The convergence of media markets and the emergence of video-sharing platforms may make the existing regulative tradition obsolete. This essay demonstrates an emergent need for regulatory convergence on European Union’s Audiovisual Media Service Directive (AVMSD).