Double awards to Associate Professor Mayu Terada for her book and article

Update: June 7, 2018

ICU's Associate Professor Mayu Terada (Specialied fields: Law, Public Policy, Environmental Research) received double awards: Nextcom Thesis Award that aims to encourage young researchers involved in the systems and policies of telecommunications (Operated by the KDDI Research, Inc.) and Telecom Social Science Award, Encouragement Prize (Operated by The Telecommunications Advancement Foundation) which is given to superior books and articles that pursue telecommunications from a social science point of view.

Outline of the article that won the Nextcom Thesis Award

Title of the article: Status quo and issues of network neutrality regulations - New rules in the EU and suggestions to Japan -

Overview: In recent years, large-volume contents including video, etc. are frequently consumed on the Internet, as seen on the video posting websites. Also, due to an increase in the popularization of smartphones, the number of video viewing occasions has also increased, causing problems such as burdens put on the traffic on the network and how to think about relevant regulations. Therefore, neutrality of the network has been discussed anew, centered on the concept of "being able to use the Internet with fairness and without discrimination." In this article, we first look at the situation of how we discuss network neutrality in Japan, and then analyze the regulations stipulated in Europe as well as the status quo of the guidelines by the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) and consider what these analyses suggest to Japan.

Outline of the book that won the Telecom Social Science Award, Encouragement Prize

Title of the book: Telecommunications Law in the EU and Germany: Development of regulations and institutions that immediately respond to technology development

Overview: Taking the cases of the EU and Germany as an example, this book analyzes and considers how the EU and Germany have been and will be conducting the change of regulations and institutions in the ever-progressing telecommunications field at this point, from the public law point of view. By so doing, the author implies future issues to be addressed, regarding the regulations and institutions in the field of telecommunications in our country.

In the field related to the EU Telecommunications Law, various movements are currently observed, including the exploration of ambitious regulation methods. As an example of a flexible liaising function as one of the options for administrative organizations, this book refers, in particular, to the reorganization of BEREC, which serves as a guidepost in the new EU Telecommunications Law. It also features Germany, which plays central roles in the EU economy and discusses the status quo of their telecommunications administration as well as their initiatives to enact relevant domestic laws. In the end, in light of the EU and Germany, the author discusses the necessity of market internationalization and harmonization in 2016, in line with the advancement of the telecommunications technologies, including status in Japan.

Comments from Associate Professor Terada

I feel so honored to receive the "Nextcom Thesis Award" and "The 33rd Telecom Social Science Award, Encouragement Prize." During my research up to now, I often received valuable advice and guidance from various professors and mentors. I would like to express my gratitude to all of these professors and mentors, and I would also like to ask for continued support in the future.

So far, I have been studying how administrative organizations should act as well as how telecommunications administrations and technologies, legal regulations and promotions should be from the perspective of public law and administrative law studies, including the viewpoint of comparative legal systems. I'm also involved in research of verification of policy adjustment and administrative organizations (governance body), including establishment of new organizations and how they are arranged, in terms of technical cooperation and promotion of standardization. Specific research topics include privatization, the cooperation of private and public sectors, ensuring the effectiveness of the regulatory framework, independence of administrative organizations, new regulations on technology, law, and artificial intelligence, and internationalization, law, and technology. Of these topics, the areas I was involved in recent years are the EU & Germany Telecommunications Law, administrative organizations (governance bodies), the civil service legislation (the study of bureaucracy), air traffic control, aviation law, and drones, among others.

And I will be involved in research on advanced technologies and legal regulations, and how to formulate a legal framework from the viewpoint of public law. I'd also like to further explore the current status of telecommunications and related laws in general, and the status quo of the establishment of regulations framework and internationalization and borderlessness.

Given such rapid changes happening in society, we need to address issues regarding utilization of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and practical use of autonomous driving and drones. Under such circumstances, exploration of the regulations and systems concerning information and law, as well as the administration and administrative organizations (governance bodies) that are deeply involved in those regulations and systems, are deeply related to our daily lives and will become increasingly important in the future. Receiving the two awards is a good incentive for me, and I will continue to push myself to pursue my studies further.

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