Research articles on Innovation

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.

Bitcoin is the first decentralised, peer-to-peer network that allows for the proof and transfer of ownership of virtual currencies without the need for a trusted third party. The purpose of this article is to address how we can capture Bitcoin’s potential benefits for the economy while addressing new regulatory challenges.

Bitcoin: a regulatory nightmare to a libertarian dream


Primavera De Filippi, Research and Studies Center of Administrative Science (CERSA/CNRS), Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas)
PUBLISHED ON: 23 May 2014 DOI: 10.14763/2014.2.286

Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin are often seen as a threat by governmental and financial institutions worldwide. Regulation could help minimise the risks involved. The author explores some legal and self-regulatory precedents from which we can learn.

Is there such a thing as free government data?


Federico Morando, Nexa Center for Internet & Society, Politecnico de Torino
Raimondo Iemma, Nexa Center for Internet & Society
Simone Basso, Nexa Center for Internet & Society
PUBLISHED ON: 21 Nov 2013 DOI: 10.14763/2013.4.219

The new European public sector information directive, released in June 2013, makes “marginal cost” the default charge for government data. How to implement this principle? A consultation is ongoing. This article focusses on the calculation criteria for marginal costs.

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