Archive for December 2012

Consent Under Pressure and the Right to Informational Self-Determination (1)

by Julian Staben  What Is the Future Value of Consent in Data Protection Law? Since the German constitutional court’s census decision1 the fundamental right to informational self-determination (informationelles Selbstbestimmungsrecht) is one of the most important parts of the general right of personality (Allgemeines Persönlichkeitsrecht) guaranteed by art. 2 para. 1 in conjunction with art. 1 para. 1 of the…

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Science Crowdfunding: chances and challenges

by Kaja Scheliga The web-phenomenon crowdfunding, alongside crowdsourcing, established itself particularly in the realm of creative industries. Meanwhile, this concept expanded into other areas, also into science. Fierce competition for scarce research funds results in scientists looking for alternative means of financing research, including on crowdfunding platforms. The crowdfunding landscape While projects with scientific aspirations…

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