[Air-L] CFP Experts Workshop "Theory of Broadband"

Richard Taylor rdt4 at psu.edu
Sat Jan 12 14:21:06 PST 2013

Call for Paper Proposals

"Theory of Broadband: Regulation, Networks and Applications"

A by-invitation Experts' Workshop to be held at

The Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University

New York, NY, May 30-June 1, 2013


As broadband becomes the dominant technology over which all media and
telecommunications services are delivered, the traditional differences
between content and conduit, mass media and interpersonal communications,
and mobile and fixed uses made of technology are blurred. This has been
observed and discussed for a while but theoretical dimensions on how
technology changes regulatory, societal and economic structures have lagged.
As we are moving to an entirely new generation of media, new academic
approaches are needed to guide networks, users, content providers, and
policy makers, This calls for analysis and new conceptual and methodological


The Institute for Information Policy at Penn State University (IIP), and the
Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) are pleased to announce this
call for paper proposals in which "Theory of Broadband: Regulation, Networks
and Applications" serves as the main theme. Authors of selected papers will
be invited to present them during a two day by-invitation workshop designed
to bring together up to a dozen experts and to be held at Columbia
University in New York, NY. This Workshop is one of a series of events on
"Making Policy Research Accessible," organized by the IIP, with the support
of the Ford Foundation and the Media Democracy Fund. Presenters at the
workshop will be invited to submit their completed papers for review by the
Journal of Information Policy (www.jip-online.org).  We seek papers that
focus on the next generation of issues. All disciplines are welcome. Invited
topics include, but are not limited to:


. Theories of broadband networking and/or regulation and regulatory

. Models of transition to the new broadband marketplace

. The role of the FCC and other regulatory agencies in consumer protection,
competition policy and merger oversight in the broadband economy

. Valuation and regulation of spectrum in the broadband environment

. Impacts of technological trends on the fundamental economics of

. Investor approaches and risk in the broadband environment

. Access as a social and economic goal in a converged technological

. Concepts of privacies in the broadband environment

. Comparisons of alternative national models of broadband regulatory
oversight and their track records

. Next generation media and next generation content genres

. Understanding audiences in the broadband environment


Abstracts of up to 500 words and a short bio of the author(s) should be
submitted to pennstateiip at psu.edu by February 22, 2013. Please write
IIPCITITOB: YOUR NAME in the subject line. Accepted presenters will be
notified by March 17, 2013.


Prof. Richard Taylor

Co-Director, Institute for Information Policy

Penn State University 

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