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It is undeniable that information and communication technologies, in particular, the Internet phenomenon, are having a direct and profound impact on the knowledge fields of law and politics. Finding ourselves faced with a live process in full growth, we need to analyse continuously the consequences and changes brought about by this impactgenera.
The Internet, Law and Politics (Internet, Derecho y Política) (IDP) Conference aims to be a platform for reflection and discussion on the content and extent of these changes at this point in time and on the consequences for the legislative and public administration domains. The topics to be dealt with—e-democracy, Internet provider responsibility, personal data processing, consumer protection in e-commerce, intellectual property and the freedom of speech on the Web, criminal law and the ICTs, judicial power and new technologies, taxation on the Internet, new forms of political participation, etc.—cover a wide range of open topics in this field that may be of interest to scholars and professionals in the fields of law, political science and public administration.
This conference is promoted and organized by the UOC's Faculty of Law and Political Science through the IN3 (Internet Interdisciplinary Institute), the body that brings together all the research activity carried out at the UOC, which focuses its activity primarily on studying the effects of technology on people, organizations and society in general.
After five editions, the IDP Conference has become an important forum for debate on the changes of law and politics in the information society.
The Internet, Law and Politics: The Changes in Law and Politics in the Information Society Conference aims to be a platform for reflection and discussion on the content and extent of these changes at this point in time and on the consequences for the legislative and public administration sectors.
The 2nd Internet, Law and Politics Conference aims to provide a platform for reflection and discussion on the changes occurring in the legislative and public administration spheres in the era of the information society. The topics to be dealt with - the reform of the Internet government; e-administration in justice; criminal protection in e-transactions; the keeping of transport data in electronic communications; government responsibility for information on the Internet, Web pages and political parties - cover a wide range of open questions in this field that may be of interest to scholars and professionals in the fields of law, political science and public administration.
This third conference focuses on the questions that currently represent the most important challenges and developments in the fields of copyright, data protection, Internet security, responsibility issues, e-voting and the new regulation of e-administration. It also aims to examine the current use of new technologies by legal professionals. The 3rd IDP Conference sets out to provide professionals, academics and anyone interested with a space for debate and specific and practical information on the new perspectives arising in this field.
The fourth edition of the Conference focuses on two themes: the repercussion of new social software tools (Web 2.0) and their ever-increasing use in politics and e-government and its regulation, and the current state of the still-open debate on how tight regulations need to be on content in a digital-convergence and technology-integration context.
The fifth edition of the IDP International Conference. Internet, Law and Politics: The Pros and Cons of Social Networking Sites focuses on social networks. The aim of the fifth conference it to provide a considered insight into social networks through balanced debates on the legal and political issues posed by this phenomenon.
2010 is to be the year of cloud computing. This is what a great number of analysts and specialists believe as we witness the growing number of applications that are hosted on servers, rather than running on desktop or laptop computers, and accessed via the browser. This growth is aided by the mass adoption of ultra-portable computers and smartphones, and by the rise in teleworking and networking between administrations, companies and citizens.
The 7th International Internet Law & Politics Conference (IDP, 2011), will focus on the current Net Neutrality debate, and its consequences for the development of the Internet, from the legal and political standpoints. The conference will cover as well other core issues in the fields of cyberlaw, e-government and e-democracy that represent important challenges for the future of the Net, including the so-called "right to be forgotten"; data protection; copyright; privacy; web governance and policies; the right to access public information, or democratic action on the web.
The legal and political aspects of Online Entertainment will be the main focus of the 8th International Conference on Internet, Law & Politics (IDP 2012), which will be held in Barcelona, on the 9th and 10th of July 2012. The fast-growing penetration of the Internet, the improvement of broadband networks and the arrival of the New Generation Networks are fostering the flourishing of online entertainment. Social networking sites, UGC platforms, online video games, internet gambling, content delivery networks, new ways of delivering audiovisual contents on demand, are just some examples of this phenomenon. Online Entertainment raises important issues regarding the law, as well as in the field of political participation. These include questions dealing with privacy, intellectual property, applicable law, net neutrality, the protection of minors, or ISP liability.
The legal and political issues involved in the so-called Big Data will be the main thematic focus of the Ninth International Conference on Internet, Law & Politics (IDP 2013). The term Big Data usually designates the phenomenon of exponential growth in data generation and storage and the problems associated with its processing, analysis and use. These data come mainly from the web and social networks in particular, as many other sources, both public and private, where data are continuously captured in the field of weather reporting, finances, scientific research, public health, consumers' habits, or location, to name just a few.