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WIK Conference

netconomica 2018 "Digitalisierung der Energiewirtschaft: Zwischen Regulierung und Wettbewerb" on 22 November 2018 in Bonn

Smart Grids und Smart Meter sind in der Diskussion um die Digitalisierung der Energiewirtschaft zwei der meistgenannten Begriffe. Sieben Jahre nach deren Einführung durch die Bundesnetzagentur hat sich vieles verändert, aber viele entscheidende Fragen zur Umsetzung stehen noch an, z.B.:

  • Wann startet der Smart-Meter-Rollout?

  • Stehen für die Energiewirtschaft Frequenzen zum Aufbau einer Funk-Infrastruktur zur Verfügung?

  • Ist eine ausreichende Zahl an Endgeräten verfügbar?

  • Mit welchen Mehrwertdiensten gelingt der Einstieg in die smarte Energiewelt?

Die netconomica 2018 nimmt diese Aspekte auf und fragt, welcher Realität wir uns im Jahre 2018 gegenüber sehen und welche Entwicklungen zu erwarten sind.

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Mittelstand-Digital Congress on 7th November 2018 in Berlin

This year's Mittelstand-Digital Congress at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin will focus on the application of Artificial Intelligence in German SMEs.

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The future of connectivity

WIK‘s future of connectivity conference highlights deregulation opportunities for operators, mediation challenges for regulators, no end-game in sight for telecom policy

WIK’s conference on 16-17 October explored the implications of the EU electronic communications Code and strategies for deploying fibre to underserved rural areas.

A key conclusion was that the Code will continue to allow considerable flexibility for regulatory authorities to choose their regulatory model, leading one participant to ask: "What is the European model?" However, the Code has highlighted opportunities for dominant operators to roll back regulation if they develop innovative business models for co-investment or pursue a wholesale-only-strategy.

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Platforms. Data. Policy.

Data poor policy makers in a data rich economy

"Big Data pushes the creative destruction of capitalism. Data flows, not money flows, will create prosperity in the future as data enable a much more granular coordination than prices possibly can." With these and other key insights into data economics from his bestseller "Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data", Professor Dr Viktor Mayer-Schönberger (Oxford Internet Institute) opened the first WIK Conference, which focussed exclusively on topics of data and platform economics. His keynote set the themes for the discussions that followed throughout the day.

How much do we actually know about data economy companies? It turned out that there is little systematically collected data on the functioning of online platforms and data economy companies. However, such systematically collected data are the basic prerequisite for identifying possible market power, abusive behaviour or an actual need for regulation.

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Innovative data-based applications for mobility

WIK presented a new study at a conference organized by mFUND on 16 October 2018 in Berlin. mFUND is a funding programme sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Digitisation opens potentials for radical changes in mobility markets. Digital, data-based applications are changing the transport and mobility sector today and will continue to bring about innovation and efficiency improvements.

This study was prepared by the accompanying research for mFUND, a financial assistance programme sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure to promote digital innovations for mobility in Germany. It presents six international case studies for successful innovative applications. They illustrate the diverse use cases and strategies of data-based innovation in transport security, management of seaports, traffic planning, intermodal routing and sustainable mobility. The case studies offer insights and learnings for German projects sponsored by mFUND.

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Who does what with my data?

Many consumers ask themselves this question every day

The purposes for which this data is used vary. Personal data can be used to improve the quality of an OTT service, to target advertising or for recommender systems. In particular the latter two are often the subject of criticism. In addition to the privacy paradox that has already been researched, our most recent discussion paper shows that consumer attitudes towards the collection and use of personal data do not differ across different Internet services. Only the amount of deliberately provided data differs quite clearly. Overall, the results of the discussion paper underscore the complex interrelationships between data collection, OTT service quality and consumer interest. Data sovereignty solutions such as Personal Information Management Systems (PIMS) can already be used by consumers today. For a forward-looking regulation it is necessary to accompany the standardization process of such systems. Data protection itself however faces the challenge of overcoming the dilemma of informed consent.

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Around half of all EU online shoppers purchase goods from abroad

Stakeholders took great interest in the results of an all-European consumer survey on cross-border e-commerce and delivery services. The survey results were presented by WIK-Consult at a Public Stakeholder Workshop organized by the European Commission (DG GROW) in Brussels on 19 September 2018. In this survey, more than 17,000 online buyers in 30 European countries (EU-28 plus Norway and Iceland) shared their expectations on different aspects related to delivery and return services. The survey specifically compares expectations and experiences with domestic and cross-border online purchases.

Cross-border online purchases are widely used by consumers with varying shares between countries (from 31% to 87%). Around half of cross-border online orders were placed within the EU while nearly one third were placed at Chinese online shops. Overall, consumers are fairly satisfied with the delivery of cross-border purchases while the level of satisfaction was slightly lower compared with domestic online orders. Additionally, there are indications that there is scope for improvements in some countries. In those countries, satisfaction levels of online buyers were lower for both domestic and cross-border online purchases compared to other countries.

The complete presentation with results of the consumer survey and on other topics is available for download on the Commission's website.

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WIK Newsletter No 112, September 2018

The WIK Newsletter (only in German language) informs about latest research and events carried out by WIK.

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Presentations

How to regulate declining mail markets: trends and challenges in Europe, Presentation of Alex Dieke at the Post-EXPO Conference/Session: Regulation and Policy on 9 October 2018 in Hamburg

Hybridpost in Deutschland, Presentation of Antonia Niederprüm at the Postmarktforum 2018 „Zukunft Brief – Moderne Kommunikationswege" on 9 October 2018 in Berlin

Digitalisierung und Briefmarkt - Erfahrungen in Ausland, Trends, Ausblick, Presentation of Alex Dieke at the Postforum des Bundesverbandes Briefdienste e.V. on 8 October 2018 in Berlin

Externalitäten der Digitalisierung und Marktversagen, Presentation of Iris Henseler-Unger at the Workshop: Digitale Ordnungspolitik des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie on 19 September 2018 in Berlin

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