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. From 2014 to 2016 he has been leading project co-ordinator of the international, EC co-funded technical pilot MIRACLE (Machine-redable and interoperable age label classifications in Europe).