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Intermedia, October 2018, Volume 46 Issue 03

Intermedia, October 2018, Volume 46 Issue 03

COMPETITIVE OPINIONS

Chris ChapmanDigital platforms continue to dominate the policy and regulatory discourse, and we continue to present the latest thinking and perspectives. In this issue of Intermedia, we present three articles that offer several perspectives on the big picture. In our cover feature, Damian Tambini has updated a submission he made to the UK House of Lords inquiry on internet regulation, in which he argues that independent commissions are the crucial first step to what he sees as the need to rein in platform power - inquiries should not be run by governments because they could be seen to be shaping media environments in their favour. Tambini details what he sees as the various options – including breaking up the tech giants. He notes that there is no credible global regulatory initiative, so much impetus needs to come from countries with strong democratic traditions. Patrick Barwise, meanwhile, takes us through his perspective on just how dominant the Silicon Valley giants are and why competition is unlikely to materialise. And Antonio Nicita writes on the impact of big data and platforms on our understanding of capitalism, quoting me saying that “It’s all about data”. Indeed it is, and it will be interesting to see how policymakers and industry reach accommodation on how to both protect data and ensure the success of the digital economy – and see Daniel Sepulveda’s article in this issue too, which gets to the heart of this debate. Chris Chapman, President, IIC

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Where Are We In Gender Equality

Where Are We In Gender Equality

Women have major barriers to reaching the top in ICT careers, and in just accessing technology in some countries – and all women face both offline and online violence, says ADRIANA LABARDINI INZUNZA.

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Lessons From Spectrum Auctions

Lessons From Spectrum Auctions

South Africa and other nations are under pressure to allocate spectrum by auctions but, as CHARLEY LEWIS details, it is important to take stock of what has gone right and wrong so far. 

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Mixed Messages From Mexico

Mixed Messages From Mexico

There has been rapid progress in more affordable telecoms access and wider coverage in Mexico, but the view of ADRIAAN TEN KATE is that reforms – aimed mainly at establishing equal access at competitive prices – may fail to address current and future convergence and technology challenges.

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News From Around The Globe

News From Around The Globe

We won: Alex Voss, the German MEP who steered the copyright proposals through the European Parliament, celebrates.

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Parliament, People & Platforms

Parliament, People & Platforms

DAMIAN TAMBINI says the first step in reining in platform power is to set up independent, cross-party, civil society commissions supported by governments 

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Platform Capitalism

Platform Capitalism

Big data, the driving force of platforms, is raising fundamental – and puzzling – issues about our current view of free market capitalism, as ANTONIO NICITA writes.

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Put Consumers First

Put Consumers First

 Data privacy is rightly among the biggest concerns in the digital age but, as DANIEL SEPULVEDA argues from the industry perspective, a regulatory balance is needed between protection and the success of a data-driven economy.

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Road To The Digital Economy

Road To The Digital Economy

How should telecoms regulators pave the way for the digital economy? JUAN MANUEL WILCHES at Colombia’s regulator says a change of mindset is needed. 

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Sydney Sessions

Sydney Sessions

The IIC’s TMF in Sydney was packed with high-level speakers from a region at the forefront of regulatory issues, as CRISTINA MURRONI reports. 

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Winner Takes All

Winner Takes All

There are multiple reasons why technology markets are ‘winner takes all’ and why, once a tech company becomes dominant, it is almost impossible to displace, says PATRICK BARWISE 

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FULL INDEX OF CONTENTS 2018

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