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Intermedia, January 2019, Volume 46 Issue 04

Intermedia, January 2019, Volume 46 Issue 04

Back to Basics

Chris ChapmanA “headline” milestone has been reached – according to the ITU, just over half of the world’s population now has access to the internet. However, breaking the 50% barrier does not seem like such a great achievement, especially from the standpoint of the developed world, which has taken the internet for granted for some time. More interestingly, the ITU also reports that nearly all people live within mobile coverage and about 90% could indeed be online (as they have access to 3G or better networks). As we explored in depth at our Annual Conference in Mexico, connectivity is now not the only prerequisite: there are others, such as bringing down the high cost of smartphones and contracts, and the development of applications and content that “in country” people find useful (so as to boost demand-side factors). Having said that, connectivity does not stand still – today’s internet applications will increasingly need 4G, 5G and fibre infrastructure for true digital inclusion. The answers, as we discussed, lie in a complex balancing of often competing public policies, and certainly in stable legal and regulatory frameworks informed, as they should be, by rigorous, evidencebased analysis. The fundamentals of incentivising investment, applying subsidies, allocating spectrum and developing digital literacy remain very much on the table – and indeed are still highly relevant for digital inclusion even in the world’s top economies. Chris Chapman, President, IIC

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Blockchain and Telecoms

Blockchain and Telecoms

How will blockchain technology impact telecoms policy? DAVE MICHELS is your guide to this much-hyped technology and its applications.

December/January 2019, Volume 46 Issue 4

Follow This

Follow This

Social media entertainment – the kind that has seen huge growth on YouTube and other platforms – needs understanding if there is to be any measured policy response, writes STUART CUNNINGHAM from an Australian perspective.

December/January 2019, Volume 46 Issue 4

Duty of Care

Duty of Care

There are tried and tested models from other sectors that could be adapted for social media regulation. LORNA WOODS puts forward a proposal.

December/January 2019, Volume 46 Issue 4

How Susceptible are Internet Users?

How Susceptible are Internet Users?

Amid the concern about the impact of fake news, echo chambers and filter bubbles, WILLIAM DUTTON and LALEAH FERNANDEZ find there is not such a big problem – and a solution lies in ‘nudge’ theory.

December/January 2019, Volume 46 Issue 4

Future Leaders

Future Leaders

The IIC’s Future Leaders Competition, for members aged 35 and under, attracted a strong entry on the given topic of the sociology of technology. Here is a round-up of the runners-up - the winning entry is on page 30 of this issue.

December/January 2019, Volume 46 Issue 4

Get the Whole Picture

Get the Whole Picture

Price, quantity, quality, innovation and choice have been the main ways we measure consumer outcomes. It’s time, says TIM HOGG, to widen the scope to holistic outcomes, including relationships, fairness, truth and privacy – in the ‘sociology of technology’.

December/January 2019, Volume 46 Issue 4

Auctions: Success of Failure?

Auctions: Success of Failure?

CHARLEY LEWIS presents part 2 of his discussion of spectrum allocation and auctions, including what lies ahead for South Africa.

December/January 2019, Volume 46 Issue 4

Brexit and Telecoms

Brexit and Telecoms

Nations tend to keep a closer hold of telecoms industry regulation than in other sectors, even in Europe. It’s why the UK’s imminent exit from the European Union won’t impact its telecoms sector too much, as IAN WALDEN explains.

December/January 2019, Volume 46 Issue 4

Many Messages from Mexico

Many Messages from Mexico

The IIC’s annual conference in 2018 was held in Mexico City and, not surprisingly, Latin American developments were prominent. Report by MARC BEISHON. 

December/January 2019, Volume 46 Issue 4

News from around the Globe

News from around the Globe

TeleGeography’s 2018 Global Internet Map tracks global capacity, traffic and pricing data, as well as global user figures and the most connected ISPs.

December/January 2019, Volume 46 Issue 4


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