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How has the public media framed the debate about the European Parliament’s recommendations of a taxing scheme on robotics from 31 May 2016 till 16 February 2017?

Hansmeier, Marc Michael (2017) How has the public media framed the debate about the European Parliament’s recommendations of a taxing scheme on robotics from 31 May 2016 till 16 February 2017?

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Abstract:On February 16, 2017 the European Parliament’s plenary session adopted a report with recommendations to the European Commission on the European Civil Law Rules on Robotics. On the background of increasing automation and the ensuing loss of jobs, the European Parliament proposed the introduction of a robot tax to fund a general basic income scheme in the European Union. In a final vote, however, the proposal was rejected from the legislative resolution of the European Parliament. With regard to the media debate on this subject, this research provides an unique insight into how english speaking newspapers, mass media agencies and articles on technology, economy and of political interest group websites have framed the debate about the European Parliament’s recommendations of a taxing scheme on robotics to compensate for the possible effects of robotics and AI on the European labour market. While the analytical methods used in this research illustrate how the media framed the debate, it also allows to reconstruct how different stakeholder involved in the policy process perceive, organise and communicate about the issue. For this a series of news articles published in the media and on websites in the timeframe from 31 May 2016 till 16 February 2017 is analysed. The analysis is focussing on the period in which the first draft report of the European Civil Law Rules on Robotics was published and the final voting on the resolution in the European Parliament. The main results of the analysis will show how the topic was framed by different experts and authors from different areas of publication (technology, media, economy, politics) and will provide insights on how the various perspectives have altered the perception of the European Parliament’s recommendation.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/74057
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