Stephan Dreyer is a Senior Researcher at the Hans-Bredow-Institut. After studying Law at the University of Hamburg with a focus on Information and Communication Law, he has been member of staff at the Institute since 2002.
His research interest centers on public communication and the laws applicable to new media, particularly regulatory questions at the intersection of protection of minors, privacy and consumer protection as well as the challenges that regulation is facing in the light of new technologies, services and changing media use.
Besides conducting research in the field of youth media protection, he is looking into the field of opportunities, issues and limits of regulation through technology or regulation through information/disclosure. He also conducts legal and comparative analyses of systems in the area of media-related governance. In the context of his PhD thesis, he is investigating the difficulties as well as the determinants of legal decisions under uncertainty, with a specific focus on the protection of minors.
Stephan Dreyer is spokesperson for the Complaint Committee as well as the Expert Committee of the "Association for Voluntary Self-Regulation of Digital Media service providers" (FSM); he is a Surveyor for Child Protection at the Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body (USK). He is founding member of the "Center for Social Responsibility in the Digital Age" (SRDA). In the context of the European CEO Coalition (2011-2014) he has chaired the "Technical Task Force on Interoperability and Machine-Readability", who has analysed opportunities and specifications of technical interoperability of electronic age classification information.
Rechlitz, M.; Lampert, C. (under assistance by S. Adrian, S. Dreyer & U. Hasebrink) (2015): Jugendschutzsoftware im Erziehungsalltag. Akzeptanz und Einsatz technischer Hilfsmittel in der elterlichen Medienerziehung. [Youth protection software in parental life. Acceptance and application of technical tools for parental media education.] Hamburg: Verlag Hans-Bredow-Institut, February 2015 (Working Paper of the Hans-Bredow-Institut, Nr. 33).
Hasebrink, U: Dreyer, S.; Lampert, C. et al. (2015): Net Children 2020 – Growing up with Media. A Roadmap of Challenges and Solutions for Media Education and Child Protection in Europe, based on the Conference “Net Children 2020. Growing up with Media” in Berlin, April 16/17 in 2015. Download (pdf)
Dreyer, S. (2014): Locating a Regulator in the Governance Structure: A Theoretical Framework for the Operationalization of Independence. In: W. Schulz; P. Valcke; K. Irion (Eds.), The Independence of the Media and its Regulatory Agencies. Shedding new light on formal and actual independence against the national context. Bristol, pp. 83-110.
Dreyer, S.; Schellenberg, S. (2014): Proposal for a Common Data Model for Age Classifications and Electronic Labels by the CEO Coalition Task Force on Interoperability and Machine-Readability. Hamburg, 15 March 2014.
"Good Practices of Youth Media Protection: An International Comparison“, presentation by S. Dreyer, W. Schulz und K. Dankert at the 5th European Communication Conference (ECREA) on 15 November 2014 in Lissboa, Portugal (together with M. Puppis and M. Künzler).
"Protecting Minors with Labels, Watersheds and Software – Why Parents Are Not the Deputy Sheriffs the Lawmaker Wants Them to Be“, presentation by S. Dreyer at the 5th European Communication Conference (ECREA) on 14 November 2014 in Lissboa, Portugal.
"Institutions of Child Protection for Technical Approaches. Tools, Machines & Metadata“, presentation by S. Dreyer at the ECREA Pre-Conference "Researching Children, Youth and Media – Lessons from the Field“ on 12 November 2014 in Lissboa, Portugal.