Money Talks? Report on the One-Day Symposium on the Impact of Corporate Funding on Information Law Research

Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2020-16

Institute for Information Law Research Paper No. 2020-02

13 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2020

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Balázs Bodó

University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law (IViR)

Helene von Schwichow

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Naomi Appelman

University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law (IViR)

Date Written: May 5, 2020

Abstract

Corporate funding is a contentious issue in information law and policy research. In the fall of 2019, the Institute of Information Law at the University of Amsterdam, and the European Hub of the Network of Centers invited academic research institutions, as well as junior and senior scholars to reflect on the issues around corporate influence on research through money, data, infrastructure, access. The discussion arrived at a number of important conclusions:
- The discussion on funding must include data, infrastructure deals, and other forms of indirect funding
- Sometimes corporate funding is the only way to get access to critical resources
- Transparency is a must, but not a silver bullet to deal with funding
- It is difficult to set up universal a priori norms of which type of funding is acceptable in which situations,
- Academia may need new institutional solutions to review funding, and manage the potential risks of funders taking over the agenda, research bias, and reputational harms
- Public funding bodies are part of the problem as much of the solution.

Keywords: information law, inormation policy, research ethics, corporate funding

JEL Classification: K1, K24

Suggested Citation

Bodó, Balázs and von Schwichow, Helene and Appelman, Naomi, Money Talks? Report on the One-Day Symposium on the Impact of Corporate Funding on Information Law Research (May 5, 2020). Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2020-16, Institute for Information Law Research Paper No. 2020-02, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3593350 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3593350

Balázs Bodó (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law (IViR) ( email )

Rokin 84
Amsterdam, 1012 KX
Netherlands

Helene Von Schwichow

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society ( email )

Bebelplatz 1 | 10099
Berlin
Germany

Naomi Appelman

University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law (IViR) ( email )

Rokin 84
Amsterdam, 1012 KX
Netherlands

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