Probably “To regulate or not to regulate?” is not the right question when one is considering policy options to boost broadband development in Europe, development meaning roll out of networks and take up of services by citizens. The question is of course “What to regulate and how?”. This was again the main topic of several [...]Read more
Changes in technology are raising more and more fundamental questions for our societies and the necessary adjustment of our legal framework balancing the current and future technological ecosystems and the protection of citizens’ rights. In fact, we are witnessing one of the most interesting periods of our era, mainly because the on-going technological revolution is [...]Read more
Recently I have participated in some interesting conferences and conversations which all circled around one fundamental question: How will the Internet develop and what are the challenges going forward? In short: Internet – quo vadis? My most important takeaway has been that although today we have already 2.7 Billion Internet users worldwide, so much remains [...]Read more
Dubai was a turning point for the global Internet governance agenda. The World Conference ended up dividing the delegates: 89 for the new Treaty and 55 against it. In fact, it represented two confronting views of the Internet governance. On the one hand we have those States that wanted to extend the ITU’s role while [...]Read more
As we enter 2013, it is common to find many predictions, trends, top tech issues concerning the ICT sector for the new year.
Mobile seems to be the king of the predictions for 2013, but let´s not forget also the explosion of the Internet of Things, the raise of Big Data, Cloud Computing developments, Digital health services expansion or the m-payments amongst others. . .All of them will unavoidably influence the public policy agenda this year.
Let´s briefly mention the main topics that will be on the public policy table for this year:Read more
I attended in October the OECD Technology Foresight Forum, an annual event organized by the OECD Committee for Information, Computer, and Communications Policy (ICCP) to help identify opportunities and challenges for the Internet Economy posed by technical developments.
This year the theme chosen was Big Data…
This week, on the 14th and 15th,, the UK regulator, Ofcom, will host in London an OECD workshop on revising the metrics for measuring broadband and the Internet economy. This workshop can just be attended by invitation due to its technical perspective, but if you are interested on this matter, you can follow it streamed live here.Read more
Next week, from 27 February to 29 February, the GSMA will host more than 140 delegations from governments and international organisations at the Ministerial Programme, part of Mobile World Congress 2012. Now in its eighth year, the Ministerial Programme aims to provide a platform for high-level dialogue between governments, regulators and the leaders of the [...]Read more
Many are the predictions those days in the Net concerning our sector and its perspectives for 2012, from how the telecom sector will evolve, to which services and technological trends will be the winners for next year, or how social networks will be positioned, what will be the IT “super themes” for 2012, etc…
This is a difficult and somersault exercise in a very dynamic and evolving sector such as the ICT & Telecom one. However, it is sure that some trends could be already detected.
Concerning the ICT public policy area, we could see the following issues as relevant as they are present in several international and public institutions agendas for 2012. Here are some of them:Read more
Good news for CSR! On 25th October, the European Commission published “A renewed EU strategy 2011-14 for Corporate Social Responsibility”. The communication presents the concerns of CSR, an evaluation of the impact of European policy on CSR, a modern understanding of CSR – including an updated definition- and a new agenda for action 2011-2014. But [...]Read more
As you all know, we attended the OECD High Level meeting on the Internet economy, where so many distinguished speakers contributed to the event. There were Ministers, officials, policy makers, industry leaders and Internet evangelists but also civil society and technical communities. Around 400 people attended the meeting, focused on 5 main topics such as broadband access, the role of broadband and innovation in the social and economic growth, balancing policy goals to strengthen growth and finally policy-making principles for an open Internet.Read more