International Professional Fora:

A study of civil society organisation participation in internet governance

International Professional Fora:

A study of civil society organisation participation in internet governance

Launch of Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies at University of Warwick

Project investigator, Professor Seamus Simpson, gave a talk on the role of spectrum governance in European media policy as part of the launch for the Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies at University of Warwick on October 18th. 

 

In this talk, Seamus Simpson explored the relatively under-researched area of international civil society activism in Europe and the articulation of public interest goals in recent policy debates around possible changes to historic spectrum allocations. He showed why and how European civil society actors from broadcasting adopted aligned positioning tactics in recent debates in the EU on potential reallocation of spectrum away from broadcasters and towards the mobile communications sector. The implication of this is that civil society preferences for the future of the public interest in spectrum are thus likely to be tied to - and dependent on - those of public service and commercial broadcasting companies or, by contrast, broadband industry players. The significance of this conclusion was explored in the talk.