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Intermedia, October 2017, Volume 45 Issue 03

Intermedia, October 2017, Volume 45 Issue 03

Which Digital Divide?

Chris ChapmanOne significant objective of the regulatory environment is addressing digital divides, most obviously for the many people who have no access to internet services. The latest report from the UN actually details worsening digital inequality between developed and developing nations, and also a gender divide between men and women. About 25% of the world’s population lack even a 3G mobile signal. But digital divides also affect developed nations, most notably for me the US where about 40% of people in rural areas lack access to the current broadband standard. Debate is as fierce as ever about the best policies to close this connectivity divide, with the FCC chair in the US advocating that net neutrality rules be overturned, while encouraging ‘bottom-up’ innovation, as Roslyn Layton describes in this issue. Further, Brian Williamson warns that rigid adherence to certain approaches could stifle innovation. But there is so much more to digital divides: as Robin Mansell discusses, the assumption that access and digital skills always give rise to societal good masks the dawning reality that technology is setting up new manifestations of divides as automation and algorithms take hold. Once again it needs to be said: we need holistic discussions about the future. Chris Chapman, President, IIC

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Are we losing control?

Are we losing control?

The current path of digital technology innovation is seen as inevitable and good for the economy and citizens. But as ROBIN MANSELL writes, there are looming and profound questions about digital divides we cannot ignore. 

October 2017, Volume 45 Issue 3

Spectrum Line up

Spectrum Line up

What challenges are we facing in spectrum management and are we moving fast enough to meet them? Ofcom’s CHRIS WOOLFORD thinks we can do better. 

October 2017, Volume 45 Issue 3

Hitting the Right Target

Hitting the Right Target

Governments are pursuing the wrong types of connectivity target in their digital policies, argues BRIAN WILLIAMSON. What is needed is flexibility to embrace technological change. 

October 2017, Volume 45 Issue 3

Data and platform power

Data and platform power

Those looking to rein in the power of the global internet platforms could look to legal and policy responses to data monopolies, writes ORLA LYNSKEY. 

October 2017, Volume 45 Issue 3

Illicit streaming devices

Illicit streaming devices

Illicit streaming devices have become the latest mainstream content piracy threat. CASBAA’s John Medeiros says that policymakers need to act now

It's all Political

It's all Political

You may think we are doing well with spectrum, but this book soon dispels that idea. Getting politics out of the way and truly liberalising spectrum is the only way.

October 2017, Volume 45 Issue 3

Mobile TV & 5G Disruption

Mobile TV & 5G Disruption

A milestone was reached this year with a standard that could enable ubiquitous mobile public TV broadcasting. But as ROLAND BEUTLER reports, the big challenge lies in business disruption from 5G. 

October 2017, Volume 45 Issue 3

News from around the Globe

News from around the Globe

This is the Newseum in Washington, DC – a museum which is dedicated to free expression, the First Amendment and the news. 

October 2017, Volume 45 Issue 3

On the right track

On the right track

The direction taken by the new FCC regime in the US marks a radical shift from previous administrations on net neutrality and broadband policy. ROSLYN LAYTON says it is on the right track and deserves a fair hearing. 

October 2017, Volume 45 Issue 3

Raising questions about fake news

Raising questions about fake news

Fake news is high on the agenda of concerns about media, but what is it and could it be regulated? LORNA WOODS frames the debate.

October 2017, Volume 45 Issue 3

Towards a safer internet

Towards a safer internet

In this briefing article, ICANN’s RICHARD LAMB describes the technical moves to plug a longstanding security gap in the internet’s ‘phonebook’.

October 2017, Volume 45 Issue 3

Weighing up market power

Weighing up market power

The European Union’s significant market power (SMP) regime is a world benchmark, but is now under review. FRANCESCO LIBERATORE considers whether it needs fixing – or is still good to go. 

October 2017, Volume 45 Issue 3


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