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Intermedia, October 2019, Volume 47 Issue 03

Intermedia, October 2019, Volume 47 Issue 03

The IIC at 50

Chris ChapmanIt’s been a special year for the IIC as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. That we are going stronger than ever is a tribute to our members and participants, who value opportunities we provide to discuss and learn about the wide-ranging policy and regulatory issues in the digital age, and to our hard-working staff who put together our events and communications materials. Not least in the latter is a website – iicom50.org – which describes the history of the IIC and a timeline of events and topics that we have covered over 50 years, including of course in-depth in Intermedia. The IIC was initially formed as the International Broadcasting Institute (IBI), and was first concerned with satellite broadcasting at a time when people worried about the impact of mass media, in echoes of the calls to curtail misinformation and rein in the power of online platforms. It was also the year that the fledgling internet was born, and a few years later, the name change to the IIC signalled the convergence of issues under the “telecoms, media and technology” (TMT) banner. Telecoms especially came to the fore, and as Stephen Unger argues in this issue of Intermedia, the biggest ever regulatory decision was, just over 50 years ago, to allow the Carterfone device to connect to the phone network in the US, starting the age of liberalisation. Today, the digital era underpins and disrupts almost every human activity and no matter what sector you are in – and that also means outside of TMT – the IIC’s mission is more relevant that ever. Chris Chapman, President, IIC

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Platform Parameters

Platform Parameters

BRIAN WILLIAMSON continues our discussion of online platforms by highlighting appropriate policy and regulation that balances benefits and harms.

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Are the Kids Alright?

Are the Kids Alright?

There is no more important concern in the global digital community than the wellbeing of children. SONIA LIVINGSTONE, who leads the Global Kids Online project, presents the latest evidence for a holistic approach for the digital age.

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Issues Galore

Issues Galore

An important part of the IIC’s activities is the publication of the journal, Intermedia. Its current editor, MARC BEISHON, looks back in time.

October 2019, Volume 47 Issue 3

5G: Make or Break?

5G: Make or Break?

With falling prices paid for data, spectrum licences in some countries have become too costly for operators and there is a risk of falling behind in 5G. STEFAN ZEHLE advances a methodology for sustainable spectrum pricing.

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Fold the Front Page?

Fold the Front Page?

That newspapers and independent journalism are taking a major hit from digital platforms is apparent, but what is the extent of the impact? ROD SIMS of Australia’s competition authority describes an inquiry that is setting a global agenda.

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Joining the Revolution

Joining the Revolution

Europe has fallen behind in the ‘4th industrial revolution’ and the digital economy. The need for digital industrial policy is recognised but, as HARALD GRUBER describes, policymakers need to work quickly to correct market failures.

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Latvia Liaison

Latvia Liaison

The IIC joined forces with European regulators body, BEREC, for a special meeting in Riga, Latvia. Report by CRISTINA MURRONI.

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News from Around The Globe

News from Around The Globe

Back in time: 50 years ago at the Eurovision Song Contest – one of the most popular public service broadcast TV programmes. In 1969, there were, unusually, 4 winners – France, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK, pictured above and flanking the previous year’s winner. The contest, held at the Teatro Real in Madrid, luckily had four medals available as some were intended for the song writers.

October 2019, Volume 47 Issue 3

Pressure to Regulate

Pressure to Regulate

STEPHEN UNGER compares a landmark regulatory decision about the Carterfone in the US with debate on one of today’s major issues, artificial intelligence, and finds parallels with the need to ensure that evidence for regulation is robust.

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Taking Stock of App Stores

Taking Stock of App Stores

App stores are raising concerns about competition and even net neutrality. HENK DON, MICHIEL VAN DIJK and FEMKE NAGELHOUD–DE JONG explain why – and put forward a wider view about introducing an ex ante approach.

October 2019, Volume 47 Issue 3


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