Regulated Self-Regulation: The German Approach to Youth Protection on the Internet

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The regulatory system for traditional linear media has arrived at an impasse in trying to apply the same principles to online content and services. It is evident that this framework needs to evolve, in order to adapt to dynamic changes in both technology and habits of use. Within the confinements of other constitutional values, the national legal framework establishes a system based in part on self-regulation by the different parties subject to youth-protection-regulation. Navigating the conflict between effective Youth-Protection and freedom of the media, this principle must now rise to the challenge of social media and Web 2.0. The corresponding legislatory efforts in the JMStV, however, are not estimated to be a convincing and coherent concept at this time.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: December 1, 2012

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