Report on “Digital Britain”

19 03 2009

A new report on new UK effort to strategize called “Digital Britain” seems in tune with the questions posed in TGICM.

The new minister for communications, technology and broadcasting, Stephen Carter promises: ‘We will seek to bring forward a unified framework to help maximise the UK’s competitive advantage.’  He wants to create a wide-ranging “action plan” for the digital media economy that could include greater regulation for the the Internet. Carter, a former Ofcom CEO and Downing Street strategy director, will prepare a report, called Digital Britain, to look at “a range of issues affecting internet users, such as user security and safety and a workable approach to promoting content standards”. The report will “consider what future legislative and non-legislative measures are required to support the development of these critical sectors.” An action plan due in the spring of 2009.

Digital Britain is likely to contain three tiers: (1) proposals that can be set in motion straight away; (2) those that require some legislation; and (3) those that are long-term visions. The report will jump off from recent reports about convergence, including Ofcom’s second review of public service broadcasting. Last month, the culture secretary, Andy Burnham, said the government planned to crack down on the Internet to “even up” the regulatory imbalance with television.<;

The report also will examine how to achieve “universal access to high-quality, public service content through appropriate mechanisms for a converged digital age”. Also covered: broadband development, digital radio, investment in content, spectrum, the Internet, media literacy and IT skills, public service broadcasting and independent production.

Burnham called Digital Britain a “change of gear for the government”. Digital Britain “has at its core an ambition to accelerate the rate of growth, and cement the UK’s position as a world leader in the knowledge and learning economy”, according to the DCMS. Carter said: “Our ambition is to see Digital Britain as the leading major economy for innovation, investment and quality in the digital and communications industries. “We will seek to bring forward a unified framework to help maximise the UK’s competitive advantage and the benefits to society.” The secretary of state for business, Peter Mandelson, said: “For the present financial and banking crisis, Britain must get through the worst and prepare for the upturn. “The digital economy will be central to this. The Digital Britain report will lead the way.”

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Global Adoption of Mobile Phones

8 03 2009

An intriguing paper on the global adoption of mobile phones released by Harvard’s Program on Information Resources Policy.

Kalba, Kas
The Global Adoption and Diffusion of Mobile Phones
[112 pages; December 2008/Research Report]

This report assesses the drivers of mobile phone diffusion and adoption across the world. It addresses demand- and supply-side factors and provides an outlook on the diffusion process going forward, as mobile networks may accommodate 2 or 3 billion more users in addition to today’s 3–4 billion subscribers and users. While offering a general analysis, the report attempts to explain why mobile penetration has been higher in Western Europe than in the United States, in China than in India, and in Eastern Europe than in Latin America. Inputs to the report have included two cross-country databases (compiled by Merrill Lynch and ITU [International Telecommunications Union]), the author’s field studies of mobile adoption in more than twenty countries, and the comments of reviewers of earlier drafts.

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