International Institute of Communications

Shaping the policy agenda: TELECOMMUNICATIONS • MEDIA • TECHNOLOGY
Tel:+44 (0)20 8544 8076
Fax:+44 (0)20 8544 8077

social twitter sm  social linkedin sm  social youtube sm  social facebook sm

Intermedia, April 2019, Volume 47 Issue 01

Intermedia, April 2019, Volume 47 Issue 01

Tipping Points

Chris ChapmanThe UK seems to be the first jurisdiction to break cover in the increasing societal dilemma about online harm on internet platforms by issuing a white paper, the prelude to law-making, as the news story on page 2 of this issue reports. It would introduce a mandatory duty of care requiring companies to take reasonable steps to keep their users safe and tackle illegal and harmful activity on their services... and there will be a regulator. How this particular initiative shapes up will be fascinating but, for me, it is yet another emphatic indicator that a turning point has been reached on the internet. In fact, the duty of care has a long regulatory history in the UK in other fields such as environment and health and safety, as Lorna Woods noted in the last issue of Intermedia, so this may not be as radical as some feel – one might not unreasonably query why the internet should be exempt from sensible rules on corporate governance. I suspect this may also tip the balance on other concerns such as the lack of competition for advertising and the impact on journalism, and on the spread of misinformation (which is discussed by the LSE’s Ros Taylor in this issue). Tipping points may also be apparent in the “big picture” of communications regulation, as extensively detailed in the first part of Peter Alexiadis’s major article, also in the issue. And in another major article, Blair Levin says we have reached a stage where we should be deploying bandwidth in abundance in broadband plans. There’s in-depth analysis in this issue of Intermedia. Chris Chapman, President, IIC

Please sign in with your IIC login to download this article in full


Solving the Information Crisis

Solving the Information Crisis

With fake news - or rather, misinformation – running rife, there is an urgent need to establish trust and accountability in the media. The LSE’s ROS TAYLOR continues the discussion of this key issue.

April 2019, Volume 47 Issue 1

Regulatory Directions

Regulatory Directions

Countries are concentrating regulatory and competition law functions in a smaller number of agencies, including combining telecoms with other utility sectors. PETER ALEXIADIS examines the approaches in the first of a two part analysis.

April 2019, Volume 47 Issue 1

Bandwidth in Abundance

Bandwidth in Abundance

Policymakers have reached a stage in broadband development where they should be thinking of deploying bandwidth in abundance as part of next-generation national broadband plans. BLAIR LEVIN discusses the policy drivers.

April 2019, Volume 47 Issue 1

Digital Change

Digital Change

Kuala Lumpur was the location for the IIC’s 2019 Asia Telecommunications and Media Form (TMF). Report by CRISTINA MURRONI. 

April 2019, Volume 47 Issue 1

Internet Myth-Busting

Internet Myth-Busting

More than ever, we need a vision for the next phase of digital development that is not subject to myths about the internet, as MIKE NELSON discusses.

April 2019, Volume 47 Issue 1

News from around the Globe

News from around the Globe

First past the post: the chair of Korean operator KT, Hwang Chang-Gyu (second from left), inspects new 5G infrastructure in downtown Seoul with leaders from the company’s network strategy unit.

April 2019, Volume 47 Issue 1

Stick with Auctions

Stick with Auctions

While a number of problems have surfaced with using auctions to allocate spectrum, they remain the best competitive option, writes MARTIN CAVE.

April 2019, Volume 47 Issue 1


FULL INDEX OF CONTENTS 2019

Please click here to see the full index. 


FULL INDEX OF CONTENTS 2018

Please click here to see the full index. 


FULL INDEX OF CONTENTS 2017

Please click here to see the full index.


FULL INDEX OF CONTENTS 2016

Please click here to see the full index.


FULL INDEX OF CONTENTS 2015

Please click here to see the full index.


FULL INDEX OF CONTENTS 2014

Please click here&

Stay up to date with the IIC

Tell us how you'd like to stay informed about events, interviews and more from the IIC. 

My IIC Preferences