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Intermedia, July 2018, Volume 46 Issue 02

Intermedia, July 2018, Volume 46 Issue 02

COMPETITIVE OPINIONS

Chris ChapmanThe topics that are continuing to dominate the digital world are the power of the big internet platforms and a raft of issues that are surfacing in almost all walks of life, including fake news, online hate speech, political interference, privacy and algorithms. As Terry Flew keenly observes in this edition, there is a crisis of trust. He highlights platforms against the backdrop of two major intersecting themes: the digital economy and society at large. The former concerns largely unregulated market monopolies; the latter the media, data and privacy issues that are leading to a lack of trust in public institutions and media. Both Flew, and Vicki Nash and Mark Bunting in a complementary article, consider what regulatory steps could be taken, particularly with multistakeholder and accountability approaches. Underpinning the digital economy and platforms though is also the competition regime, which is eruditely taken to task by IIC board member Tim Cowen and a colleague (see news item, page 2). They say that, “Current competition law is not fit for purpose; regulators follow pro-monopoly standards.” So are we at a fundamental crossroads in reform? I’m thinking that in the short term we’ll see a lot more regulatory tinkering but, beyond that, pressure could build for competition reform on a tectonic scale... maybe the breaking up of some of these monopolies. Chris Chapman, President, IIC

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Children: A Special Case for Privacy?

Children: A Special Case for Privacy?

As the world absorbs the impact of Europe’s GDPR, SONIA LIVINGSTONE asks if data protection can work for children’s privacy – or if a wider view is needed for all ages of user 

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A Policy Playbook for Platforms

A Policy Playbook for Platforms

In the second article on platforms in this issue, VICKI NASH and MARK BUNTING take a practical look at the role for policymakers in more effective oversight

July 2018, Volume 46 Issue 2

Follow the Money

Follow the Money

Operators, governments and regulators face new challenges in coming to terms with Africa’s emerging digital services sector, writes RUSSELL SOUTHWOOD

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Keep up with 5G

Keep up with 5G

The race to implement 5G is given a reality check by STEFAN ZEHLE, who looks at whether spectrum policies will meet the business case for investment

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Latin Lessons

Latin Lessons

The IIC’s second TMF of the year took place as usual in Miami, focusing on Latin America. Connectivity and disaster recovery were themes. By CRISTINA MURRONI

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News from around the Globe

News from around the Globe

Not just for cities: This is Guttannen, Switzerland, a remote mountain village of only 300 people and the location for a 5G test site by operator Swisscom.

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Platforms on Trial

Platforms on Trial

The major digital platforms face a crisis in trust from authorities and the public. TERRY FLEW takes a tour around the options for granting them probation

July 2018, Volume 46 Issue 2

Smart Policy

Smart Policy

At the IIC’s TMF in Brussels, artificial intelligence and data privacy were dominant issues for single market thinkers, as CRISTINA MURRONI reports

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The 'Superfit' Regulator

The 'Superfit' Regulator

MARTIN GEDDES describes how regulators can shape up to meet the realities of the digital age and give users broadband services that are fit for purpose

July 2018, Volume 46 Issue 2


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