6th Ph.D. Seminar of the International Telecommunications Society

Announcement and Call for Papers

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 that are well known from the literature (see www.itsworld.org).

ITS is pleased to announce that it will hold its 6th Ph.D. Seminar in furtherance of its tradition of sharing with younger researchers the valuable expertise represented by the specialized academics and industry experts belonging to or affiliated with our organization.

Not more than 15 students will be selected from the responses to this Call for Papers. In accordance with the topics presented by the winning candidates, experts from the ITS network will be chosen to discuss new ideas brought forward by 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 in Telecommunications Policy.

The Seminar will be linked with the 2014 European Regional ITS Conference to be held immediately prior to, and at the same venue as, the Ph.D. Seminar. Access to the 2014 European Regional ITS Conference will be free of charge for the participants of the Ph.D. Seminar.

The Seminar will be organized by ITS and Chalmers University of Technology.

It will be held in Belgium and hosted by iMinds at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Successful participants will receive a certificate from the International Telecommunications Society.

Participation is free of charge. Participants will have to pay for their travel costs and accommodation. Organizational support will be provided.

Call for Papers
Papers can be submitted for presentation and discussion on any of 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 configuration
* Regulatory problems of converging markets
* Internet governance
* Supply chain configurations

Development of telecommunication markets:
* Internationalization 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.

iMinds offices
Vrije Universiteit Brussel,
Pleinlaan 9, 2nd floor

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 March 2014
Response by: 15 April 2014
Final paper to be submitted by: 1 June 2014


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;