Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) > Academic Seminars > 8 October 2012 - Sopa, Pipa, Acta: What can be learned from a series of dead regulatory projects?

SOPA, PIPA, ACTA: What can be learned from a series of dead regulatory projects?


8th October 2012
EUI - Badia Fiesolana - Sala Capitolo
from 2pm to 4pm.

CMPF Academic Seminar:

SOPA, PIPA, ACTA: What can be learned from a series of dead regulatory projects?
Jeanette Hofmann - WZB / Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)

ACTA is many things: It is a document outlining actors, strategies, responsibilities and measures in the enforcement of copyright law. It is a text charged with political rhetoric and problem definitions. Yet, it is also a symbol of the struggle over the internet's future and, as such, a new reference point in the evolving international network of actors, technologies, practices and discourses that shape the regulation of content markets.

In her presentation, Jeanette Hofman will address how we should conceptualize copyright regulation. Her preposition is that the time has come for students of law and the social sciences to join forces for the sake of a richer understanding of regulation able to capture the various forms of authority brought to bear on the production and circulation of digital content. Finally, following her recent fieldwork in the US, Jeanette Hoffman will expand on the policy course of PIPA and SOPA.

JeanetteHofmannJeanette Hofmann, political scientist, is a director of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), and conducts research also at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) on topics such as global governance, regulation of the Internet, information society and copyright. She is a research associate at the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

She has become an expert in the parliamentary Enquete-Commission “Internet and digital Society” in 2010. Furthermore, she has actively contributed to the UN World Summit and is a member of the multi-stakeholder advisory group in the organisation of the Internet Governance Forum.

She is one of the three founders of the project group Kulturraum Internet, which began to develop a social sciences and cultural studies approach on the internet in 1994. In 2006, Jeanette published “Wissen und Eigentum” (Knowledge and Property) and in 2009 she co-edited “Governance als Prozess” (Governance as Process). Currently, she is doing research on “Google Books”, multi-stakeholder processes as a means of building international consensus and the coordination of the internet namespace.


For further information please contact Dr.Andrea Calderaro

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