Rolf H Weber Professor University of Zurich, Switzerland

Rolf H Weber is ordinary Professor for Civil, Commercial, and European Law at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong; his main fields of research are Internet and information technology law, international business law, media law, competition law and international financial law. He is director of the European Law Institute and the Center for Information and Communication Law at the University of Zurich. Since 2008 he has been a member of the Steering Committee (now Vice-Chairman) of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) and of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) and since 2009 he has been a member of the High-level Panel of Advisers of the Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID). In addition, he is engaged as an attorney-at-law.

New visions of political power in the digital age as challenge for a new media governance framework

In many respects, particularly in respect of the communications’ exchanges and therefore the media landscape, cyberspace has created a new world; the online phenomena encompass social, cultural, economic and legal facets. Based on the new technologies, the character of communications changed causing major challenges for media enterprises. In addition, control and surveillance mechanisms introduced by national legislators and private enterprises (technology leading to media control) make it necessary to develop fresh participatory approaches having their foundations in multistakeholder concepts and power distribution models. Openness, interoperability and neutrality must become the major pillars of the media landscape and should be complemented by a newly designed media governance framework encompassing social, cultural, economic and legal facets.