Research articles on Innovation

Fooling the user? Modding in the video game industry

Merlin Münch, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
PUBLISHED ON: 19 Jun 2013 DOI: 10.14763/2013.2.139

Over the years, the video game industry has grown into one of the largest, most profitable entertainment industries in the world. Originality and innovation - instead of fueling competition and guaranteeing a diverse market - are regarded by many as risky ventures. Some would even argue that innovation in the industry is not really innovative at

How open hardware drives digital fabrication tools such as the 3D printer

Johan Söderberg, Institut Francilien Recherche Innovation Société (IFRIS)
PUBLISHED ON: 18 Jun 2013 DOI: 10.14763/2013.2.138

According to a row of policy institutes, digital fabrication will become a motor for economic growth and social innovation. The sudden appearance of digital fabrication tools only makes sense when understood against the backdrop of an emerging movement around open hardware development.

Taxing the cloud: introducing a new taxation system on data collection?

Primavera De Filippi, Research and Studies Center of Administrative Science (CERSA/CNRS), Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas)
PUBLISHED ON: 01 May 2013 DOI: 10.14763/2013.2.124

Tax avoidance has become a widespread practice on the internet. Online operators easily circumvent an aging taxation scheme that is designed around the concept of territorial jurisdiction and geographical settings. The French government now commissioned a study to find out how to effectively deal with internet giants that generate hardly any

Cloud-friendly regulation: The EU’s strategy towards emerging economies

Osvaldo Saldias, Walter Hallstein Institute, Humboldt University
PUBLISHED ON: 04 Apr 2013 DOI: 10.14763/2013.2.119

Cloud computing is an inherently international matter, because it usually involves storage and processing of data in different locations. However, regulatory frameworks in non-EU contries do not always live up to European demands, i.e. concerning data protection. Looking at the EU cloud computing strategy, three political mechanisms can be