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ICANN and the Jurisdiction Issue

Jurisdictional issues pertaining main Internet actors have always been hotly debated. One of the most recent debates which is going to start again soon relates to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). ICANN is in charge of policymaking for administering the domain names. It has a multistakeholder governance structure, which is open to anyone interested to contribute to the policies of ICANN....

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The U.S. meets Germany meets Brazil – Differences in startup investment cultures

When you are in the Silicon Valley as a startup researcher from Berlin, you cannot help but compare those innovative hubs. Lately, however, I increasingly exchanged with founders and lawyers from Brazil about their economy as well as their startup growth. I could not help but wonder what the U.S., Germany, and Brazil might be able to learn from each...

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Live-streaming on the web and its implications for the media landscape

Live streaming was a unique selling point for linear television for a long time. In the mean time more and more providers enable users to stream their videos online with their smartphone globally and live. These developments are forcing change in the media landscape. Mid May this year a new record on Facebook has been set when Candace Payne reached...

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Into the hacktivism dark field

In a third study on the phenomenon «hacktivism» the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) was mainly concerned with potential threats posed by «shitstorms» and information campaigns – and thus with generally legitimate expressions of opinion. On May 21, 2016, our doctoral researcher Theres Züger was interviewed by Deutschlrandradio Kultur on her views on the dark field study conducted by the BKA. The entire...

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