PRIMARK HAUL vs. Fracking Net Neutrality

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Eine Veranstaltung der mabb

Keynote 16.00 – 16.15
Keynote - Power through access: Do we have to learn net neutrality from the United States?
Net neutrality is currently a bone of contention between old Internet hands, businesses, policymakers, and activists, and not only in Germany. While we here continue to debate whether all content should really be transmitted through networks on a non-discriminatory basis, or whether certain services need a fast track, the United States has already enshrined equal treatment of all content in its law. This took place in the Netherlands some time ago, and there, the first legal judgements against companies that have violated net neutrality have already been issued. At the same time, zero-rating services are gaining popularity, particularly in developing and emerging countries. Today’s question is: Do we really need net neutrality? And what would happen if we abandoned it?
Thomas Lohninger traces the development of the Internet, which emerged both from the legal requirement for net neutrality and its relinquishment in various parts of the world. Considering the social and economic implications of both alternatives, he compares these environments with Germany, and explores the effects various developments would have on the economy and on media reception, particularly for broadcast networks.

Speaker

Thomas Lohninger, Anthropologist and Programmer


Zero Rating & & quality-of-service distinctions: What’s happening with net neutrality? 16.15 – 17.00
The idea of introducing different quality-of-service categories for specific services divides the online world. One side sees the concept of Net “fast lanes” as heralding the decline of the free Internet. The other sees a lucrative business model that also encompasses aspects of data security, for instance in the transfer of health-sector data.
The panel will discuss the opportunities and risks presented by differential quality-of-service levels, the weakening of net neutrality, and related issues such as zero rating and sponsored data. It will additionally ask what content should actually be preferred, how this can be implemented in a non-discriminatory way, and how to prove that some contents aren’t being penalised in favour of others, thus putting journalistic diversity and access at risk.

Speaker

Dr. Cara Schwarz-Schilling

Thomas Lohninger, Anthropologist and Programmer

Dr. Carsten Brosda

Alexander Scheuer

Falk Steiner, Independent Journalist

 

Moderation

Falk Steiner, Independent Journalist

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