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{Replica} Spongy policy paper of the BVDW on media and network policy: Arrogant lobby program for the Papier-Tiger brand

The Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft (BVDW) eV yesterday published its current media and network policy policy paper. Titled with a little hubris as the “Gosla program”, the work wants to show the “framework conditions in a diditial world”. Meanwhile, the content is expected lobbyism, concrete ideas - none?

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The title should probably be reminiscent of a party program: With the “Goslar Program”, the BVDW presents its current positions on data protection, online advertising, network blocking, copyright, network neutrality, youth protection and consumer protection. You even missed one (ISBN 978-3-942262-28-6) of the print version.

Matthias Ehrlich, Vice President of the BVDW, makes clear in which direction the journey should go: “We are available to political decision-makers as an open and constructive partner for dialogue in order to realize the great social and economic opportunities on the net for the benefit of all. ” From the statement you can see: In truth, it is a toothless paper tiger.

Concrete suggestions? Wrong!

The media and network policy paper wants to address all the key aspects of the digital economy and make economic connections visible in the context of political decisions. Too bad that the program did not go beyond the thematizing.

This can still be read with joy in the press release: "The BVDW gives suggestions on how to keep the German internet industry competitive and which social standards should exist with regard to consumer friendliness, innovation and data protection."

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Strangely spongy

In the program you notice nothing, the suggestions of the BVDW remain strangely spongy. After all, one has in mind, where the journey is to go: Consumers should be able to consume more and more. tasting: “With innovative business models, platform operators and content providers must offer customers offers that are attractively priced and offer users added value, such as: B. a rich music repertoire. This is the only way to increase the basic acceptance of digital content and achieve more intensive use by the end user. ”

Toss what does not belong together

It is no wonder, however, that one does not want to go further, as the innovative, attractively priced content is to be financed.

The BVDW had previously spoken out against paid content and the culture flat rate. The latter was immediately lumped together with performance protection for press publishers - was this done out of ignorance or on purpose?

The focus of the copyright is the consumer?

It is no wonder at all that the BVDW stands for an adjustment of copyright law. Whoever is the center of attention, says the BVDW also immediately: “Consumers' needs must be at the heart of the considerations of contemporary copyright law, because without consumers there are hardly any opportunities to strengthen the market for digital content. " Where the authors stay and how they should finance, the BVDW does not say - or does it?

At least not with paid content. This is called flat rate, without any substantiated evidence submitted for this statement or models such as Flattr even mentioned in a word: However, the industry perceives that consumers are more likely to favor a pay-oriented approach than an abstract, flat-rate remuneration. This is different in the case of connection charges, Eg for telephone or broadband Internet connections. In short, we believe that there are flatrates O.K. for our telecommunication offerings, because the consumer is too stupid to calculate prices. But publishers should not imitate the model, please! Needless to say, even more swipes are being distributed to the activities of public service broadcasters.

Without advertising is not it?

No wonder. Finally, the BVDW has clear ideas about how content should be financed on the internet: namely through advertising. And that decides - according to BVDW - about what content there is. In other words, advertising is not possible.

“Online advertising is the most important factor in the (re-) financing of web offers. Most of the online offers are available to the user free of charge. However, the content must be provided by the respective Company with sometimes enormous costs (pre-) of the internet offer. On the one hand, online advertising creates the possibility of offers in the first place. ”

What a terrific overconfidence - if advertisers are fed with such ideas companies, I need not worry about various bad experiences. How good that there are other companies too.

Advertising as value?

However, it is even better: because the BVDW wants to sell us seriously, that advertising is actually itself in itself is already a value. So we are going to make all the content available in the near future? Fantastic! Dear people, please think this to the end!

The consumer can profit from an intelligently designed and used targeting in the field of online advertising and thus for the user in such a way that advertising is of relevance. Advertising itself becomes valuable information for him.

Net neutrality is important - but differentiated please!

Of course, it is no wonder that the BVDW also speaks out against net neutrality, albeit indirectly. Technical service providers and network operators in particular should not control content - no! But network management is definitely necessary.

The enormous increase in data traffic with high bottlenecks prevail. double-digit growth rates and the relocation of increasingly important and often time-critical IP-based applications require measures to be taken in the event of imminent bottlenecks to allow for efficient traffic management that takes account of the needs. This can be used in future network generations with quality-of-service commitments for certain traffic classes, For video or healthcare applications. However, the decision to remain prioritized in the freedom of choice of the user, as well as in the service, content or application providers, must remain.

The association Digitale Gesellschaft has recently emphasized that evidence of the risk of bottlenecks has so far been missing. And you have to let the last sentence of this quote melt on your tongue: The users should be able to decide - but the providers too. Well, let's guess who sits at the end of the lever!


All in all, this paper looks as if one had wanted to say something quickly to all important, currently politically discussed topics, but did not think it through to the end.

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6 responses to “{replica} spongy policy paper of the BVDW on media and network policy: arrogant lobby program brand paper tiger”

  1. Malik Bueggens says:

    That may be a text!

  2. Kranendonk says:

    Yeah, very cool criticism of the rumbleaber of the BVDW. Keep it up!

  3. Carta - What can publishers learn from freelance journalists? says:

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  4. Juergen Ertelt says:

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