Universität Zürich

IKMZ - Department of Communication and Media Research

Media Change & Innovation Division

Andreasstrasse 15
CH-8050 Zurich
Phone +41 (0)44 635 20 92
Fax +41 (0)44 634 49 34


  • The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a global multistakeholder organization that is responsible for key elements of Internet governance, such as the coordination of the Domain Name System, Internet Protocol addresses, space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions.  From 11-16 March 2012, ICANN held its 43rd public meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica.  The meeting was attended by an estimated 1,500 people, and was opened with a speech by Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla.  The Division was represented at the meeting by Dr. William J. Drake, International Fellow, who holds two elected positions in ICANN:  He is a member, representing the Noncommercial Stakeholders Group, of the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization, the body responsible for coordinating global policy for gTLDs; and a member of the Board of Directors of the European At Large Organization, which speaks for European users in various ICANN processes.  In addition to participating in policy deliberations and negotiations throughout the week, Drake also gave a presentation on the history of the International Telecommunication Regulations in the workshop, "ICANN and the Internet Governance Landscape."


    Dr. Drake also participated in the annual meeting of South School on Internet Governance, which was held in Bogota, Colombia from 19-23 March.   The South School is linked to the European Summer School on Internet Governance that is held every July in Meissen, Germany; both provide intensive capacity building training for students selected from academic, government, business and civil society organizations around the world.  Drake, who has served as a core faculty member of both programs since the initiative began in 2007, gave a lecture on "Internet Governance for Development."


    On 17 May 2011, the Media Change and Innovation Division hosted a workshop at the International Labor Organization, a United Nations body located in Geneva. Entitled, «Institutional Choice in Global Communications Governance,» it was held in the context of the WSIS Forum, an annual four-day conference convened to take stock of progress made in implementing the agreements reached during the 2002-2005 World Summit on the Information Society negotiations.


    The workshop was organized and moderated by the division’s International Fellow, Dr. William J. Drake, and featured a panel of expert speakers that included the division’s Chair, Prof. Michael Latzer. Other speakers included representatives of global civil society, the Internet technical community, and the governments of Switzerland, Brazil, and Egypt. About sixty people attended the event in person, while others from around the world participated remotely via the Internet.


    The purpose of the workshop was to promote dialogue between policy analysts and practitioners about the design and selection of global governance arrangements for information and communication technology (ICT). The contemporary global communi-cations order has been marked by a significant increase in the number and variety of these arrangements, which vary greatly in terms of the collective action problems they address and the institutional attributes they possess. This proliferation raises a number of challenging problems like, how do we evaluate the relative political feasibility and functional effectiveness of alternatives approaches in relation to specific global policy challenges? What are their respective strengths and weaknesses? How well do such mechanisms cohere into an effective global governance architecture? The workshop explored these and related questions in relation to current policy challenges concerning the global Internet in particular.


    Find documentation on the workshop bellow:


    Am 12. und 13. Mai findet in Luzern erstmals das SwissMediaForum statt, das sich laut Ankündigung mit dem «fundamentalen Medienwandel» beschäftigt. Auf der Themenagenda des Forums steht auch die «gegenwärtig heisseste medienpolitische Streitsache» (Urs Meier im Medienheft), die Online-Strategie der SRG.


    Die Verleger sehen in den SRG Online Auftritten einen «öffentlich alimentierten Verdrängungskampf gegen private Medien» und fordern u.a., dass der SRG die Werbung Online untersagt bleiben muss. Für die SRG plädiert Roger de Weck für eine «Partnerschaft mit privaten Medienhäusern», um sich wechselseitig auf dem Internet-Werbemarkt zu stärken und im internationalen Wettbewerb konkurrenzfähig zu bleiben.


    In der aktuellen Debatte geht es jedoch um mehr als nur um die Frage ob und wie viel Online-Werbung der SRG in Zukunft erlaubt sein soll. Es geht auch um die Fragen inwieweit das aktuelle SRG Online-Angebot den bestehenden rechtlichen Vorgaben entspricht, welche Online-Angebote der SRG in Zukunft erlaubt sein sollen und ob Online überhaupt Teil des Service Public sein soll. «Online als Service Public? - SRG und Verleger im Clinch» lautet der Titel einer Session am SwissMediaForum in der Urs Saxer und Michael Latzer aktuelle Forschungsbefunde und Zukunftsszenarien diskutieren. 


    Literatur & Links zum Thema:

    Saxer, Urs (2011): Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der Online-Angebote der SRG. Rechtsgutachten erstattet dem Verband Schweizer Medien. Zürich.


    Just, Natascha / Latzer, Michael (2011): Medienpolitik durch Europäische Wettbewerbspolitik: Druck auf öffentlichen Rundfunk durch Beihilfenpolitik - Public-Value-Konzepte als Lösungsansatz. In: Gundlach, Hardy (Hg.): Public Value in der Digital- und Internetökonomie. Köln: Halem, 79-100. [pdf]


    Latzer, Michael / Braendle, Andreas / Just, Natascha / Saurwein, Florian (2010): SRG-Online-Beobachtung 2010: Konzessionskonformität von Webseiten und elektronischen Verbindungen. Forschungsbericht im Auftrag des BAKOM – Bundesamt für Kommunikation. Zürich: IPMZ. [pdf]


    Latzer, Michael / Braendle, Andreas / Just, Natascha / Saurwein, Florian (2010): SRG Online Beobachtung: Konzessionskonformität von Webseiten und elektronischen Verbindungen. In: medialex, 15(2), 77-83.


    Latzer, Michael / Braendle, Andreas / Just, Natascha / Saurwein, Florian (2010): SRG Online Beobachtung: Konzessionskonformität von Webseiten und elektronischen Verbindungen. Zürich/Chur: Rüegger Verlag.


    Latzer, Michael / Braendle, Andreas / Just, Natascha / Saurwein, Florian (2009): SRG Online Beobachtung: Konzessionskonformität von Webseiten und elektronischen Verbindungen. Forschungsbericht im Auftrag des BAKOM – Bundesamt für Kommunikation. Zürich: IPMZ.


    Results of ongoing research of the IPMZ’s Division on Media Change & Innovation will be presented at international conferences during the next two weeks.


    • On June 22, Michael Latzer and Florian Saurwein will contribute to the 19th Annual Conference of the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) in Singapore with a paper on ‘Regulatory Choice in Communications: The Case of Content-Rating Schemes in the Audiovisual Industry’.
    • Results of the monitoring and assessment of the Swiss public broadcaster’s (SRG) Internet offer will be presented to the participants of the 60th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) in Singapore, June 22-26. The conference is entitled ‘Matters of Communication: Political, Cultural, Technological Challenges’. Michael Latzer, Natascha Just, Florian Saurwein and Andreas Braendle will contribute to a Communication Law & Policy panel with the paper ‘Public Service Broadcasting Online: Assessing Compliance with Regulatory Requirements’.
    • From June 27-30 Media Change & Innovation will also take part in the 18th Biennial Conference of the International Telecommunications Society (ITS) in Tokyo at Waseda University and presents results from its study SRG Online Observation. The conference titled “Culture, Communication and the Cutting Edge of Technology” will be held in Association with the 27th Annual Conference of the Japan Society of Information and Communication Research (JSICR).


    Natascha Just and Michael Latzer are going to present a paper on „Media policy via competition policy in the EU: pressure on public service broadcasters and the meaning of public value“ at the upcoming conference „Public Value in the Digital and Internet Economy“ of the Division on Media Economics of the German Society for Communication (DGPuK), November 13-14, 2009, in Hamburg.

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    The Division on Media Change & Innovation hosts the 2009 workshop of the European Communication Research and Education Association's (ECREA) "Communication Law and Policy" section. It takes place in Zurich, Switzerland, on November 6-7, 2009. The workshop is jointly organized with the division "Media & Politics” of the University of Zurich's Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research (IPMZ).


    The theme of the workshop is "New Directions for Communication Policy Research". The state of the art of communication policy research is well documented, but where do we go from here? How do we theoretically and methodologically approach new policy issues? What policy challenges are emerging and what insights can we gain from the application of theories and methods of cognate areas? The workshop focuses on new theories, new methods, new subjects as well as new regulatory structures and instruments. It is our aim to stimulate reflection and discussion. Thus, the sessions will leave room for discussion and exchange.


    Please visit the official Website of ECREA-CLP Workshop 2009