5th Ph.D. Seminar of the International Telecommunications Society

23-24 October 2013
Florence, Italy

Programme (as of 20 September, 2013)

Meet the Experts!
The International Telecommunications Society (ITS) is an association of academics and other professionals in the information, communications, and technology sectors. Its network of researchers comprises outstanding scholars in the field of telecommunications research who are well known from the literature (see www.itsworld.org).

In furtherance of its tradition of sharing with younger researchers the valuable expertise represented by highly specialised academics and renowned industry experts, ITS is pleased to announce its 5th Ph.D. seminar.

Up to 15 students will be selected from the responses to this call. Based on the topics presented by the winning candidates, experts from the ITS network will be chosen to discuss new ideas brought forward by these Ph.D. students. The focus will be on the discussion of ideas presented by the participants, and less on the mere presentation of papers. A selection of papers presented at the seminar will be encouraged for refereed submission to the journal, Telecommunications Policy.

The seminar will be linked with the European Regional ITS Conference to be held at the same location (October 20-23) immediately prior to the Ph.D. seminar. Access to the European Regional Conference (details on which may be found at http://www.itseurope.org) will be free of charge for the participants of the Ph.D. seminar.
The seminar will be organised by ITS and Chalmers University of Technology. It will be held in Florence and hosted by the Florence School of Regulation at the European University Institute. Successful participants will receive a certificate from the International Telecommunications Society.
Participation in the seminar is free of charge. Participants, however, will be responsible for their travel costs and accommodation. Organisational support will be provided.

Call for Papers
Papers /extended abstracts can be submitted for presentation and discussion related to the following topics:

Regulation of telecommunication markets:
* Regulatory regimes and institutions
* Regulatory response to market dynamics
* Updating theoretical insights for better regulation
* Current regulatory problems at the European, international and national levels
* Regulating mobile services: justification, necessity, solutions

Challenges of convergence of telecommunication systems and content supply
* Definition and delimitation of markets
* Supply chain configurations
* Regulatory problems of converging markets
* Internet governance

Development of telecommunication markets:
* Internationalisation of markets through mergers and FDI
* Technology driven markets vs. regulation driven markets
* User driven market developments
* Emerging markets

Telecommunications and Society
* Privacy issues
* Digital divide
* Access to content

Social Media and Internet
* Innovative social media trends
* Personal data policies
* Empirical Evidence
* Cloud Computing: opportunities and risks
* Internet governance

This list is not exclusive. Other topics in the field of telecommunications are also welcome.

Please send your paper / extended abstract together with a CV to:
Erik Bohlin at erik.bohlin@chalmers.se;
and to:
Brigitte Preissl at b.preissl@zbw.eu;

Important dates
Deadline for the submission of papers:

15 June 2013
Response by:
15 July 2013
Final paper to be submitted by:
1 September 2013

Professor Erik Bohlin
Telecommunications Policy
Department of Technology Management and Economics
Chalmers University of Technology
S-412 96 Göteborg, Sweden

Phone: +46-(0)31-772-1000
Fax: +46-(0)31-772-3784
E-Mail: erik.bohlin@chalmers.se;

Dr. Brigitte Preissl
German National Library of Economics (ZBW)
Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
20354 Hamburg, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)40 4 28 34-306/-307
Fax: +49 (0)40 4 28 34-262
E-Mail: b.preissl@zbw.eu;