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The sharing economy, Internet Governance, children's digital rights, net neutrality and content regulation are examples of core governance issues explored in-depth at IIC meetings and in InterMedia articles. Governance of the telecoms media and technology sector is at the heart of what the IIC does.

Key speakers on Governance

Alejandro Cantú Jiménez

Alejandro Cantú Jiménez

Natee Sukonrat (Col. Dr )

Natee Sukonrat (Col. Dr )

Adriana Labardini

Adriana Labardini

Ajit Pai

Ajit Pai

Alee Fa'amoe

Alee Fa'amoe

Alejandra de Iturriaga Gandini

Alejandra de Iturriaga Gandini

Talks on Governance

Blogs on Governance

More InterMedia articles on Governance

  • The 'Superfit' Regulator

    MARTIN GEDDES describes how regulators can shape up to meet the realities of the digital age and give users broadband services that are fit for purpose

    July 2018, Volume 46 Issue 2

  • A Policy Playbook for Platforms

    In the second article on platforms in this issue, VICKI NASH and MARK BUNTING take a practical look at the role for policymakers in more effective oversight

    July 2018, Volume 46 Issue 2

  • Follow the Money

    Operators, governments and regulators face new challenges in coming to terms with Africa’s emerging digital services sector, writes RUSSELL SOUTHWOOD

    July 2018, Volume 46 Issue 2

  • Zero-Rating Behaviour

    Does zero-rating harm competition? It’s a key question in the net neutrality debate. TIM HOGG takes a behavioural economics approach to finding the answer 

    April 2018, Volume 46 Issue 1

  • Fibre: Taking the Right Steps

    To get the broadband infrastructure and consumer benefit that are needed, regulators have to abandon the short-term thinking that can stifle new entrants and investment, argue RICHARD CADMAN, JONATHAN KINGAN and GITA SORENSEN 

    April 2018, Volume 46 Issue 1

  • Decoding 'Digital DNA'

    Developing global digital governance structures that could actually work is the subject of an important book reviewed by RICARDO TAVARES 

    April 2018, Volume 46 Issue 1

  • Young, Safe & Free

    Protecting the online rights of children in the commercial sphere has become a pressing issue for policymakers, as UNICEF’s PATRICK GEARY explains.

    April 2018, Volume 46 Issue 1

  • Signals for Latin America

    ANTONIO GARCIA ZABALLOS of the Inter-American Development Bank discusses shortcomings in Latin America and the Caribbean that could hold up investment.

    January 2018, Volume 45 Issue 4

  • Going for an Asia-Pacific agenda

    How should we define the digital economy and what are its policy implications? MARI PANGESTU and PETER LOVELOCK provide an Asia-Pacific perspective.

    January 2018, Volume 45 Issue 4

  • Is it time to regulate AI?

    Thanks to big increases in computing power, artificial intelligence has now become a legal and regulatory concern. MARC BEISHON weighs up the evidence for intervention.

    January 2018, Volume 45 Issue 4

  • The End of Politics?

    Are digital technologies making politics impossible? It’s a question addressed by political scientist STEVEN MICHELS - who is not optimistic.

    July 2017, Volume 45 Issue 2

  • Rules of the Game

    How much does politics shape competition and regulation in the mobile industry? Quite a lot, as MARC BEISHON finds in a paper that takes a deep dive into the issue.

    July 2017, Volume 45 Issue 2

  • Principles for Policymakers

    Today’s media and communications world needs a fundamental set of principles to help policymakers determine public value. ROBERT PICARD and VICTOR PICKARD have just such a global set to hand.

    July 2017, Volume 45 Issue 2

  • Digital Doha

    The IIC’s first TMF of 2017 was held in Doha, with OTT and IoT issues to the fore, as CRISTINA MURRONI reports.

    July 2017, Volume 45 Issue 2

  • Africa's Digital Future

    Digital transformation poses great challenges for developing inclusive, affordable services for all Africans - with regulators now under considerable pressure, reports RUSSELL SOUTHWOOD.

    July 2017, Volume 45 Issue 2

  • Shedding Light on 5G Policy

    In part two of his discussion of the ‘myth of 5G’, WILLIAM WEBB examines regulatory factors, spectrum issues and whether fixed-wireless access will be more than a promise - plus scenarios for the next few years

    July 2017, Volume 45 Issue 2

  • Taking the Wi-Fi Route

    Most of the visions for 5G are not based on what we really need, says WILLIAM WEBB. Here he examines what problems we are trying to solve and why Wi-Fi is as important as cellular networks.

    April 2017, Volume 45 Issue 1

  • Anti-Spam Action

    Canada’s CRTC and the IIC kicked off discussion on international efforts to combat unwanted communications, as STEVEN HARROUN explains.

    April 2017, Volume 45 Issue 1

  • A Global Challenge

    Setting out a framework for coherent policy and regulation for the digital economy is our major challenge, especially for countries outside of the EU and US, writes RAINER SCHNEPFLEITNER.

    April 2017, Volume 45 Issue 1

  • Solving the Online Platform Puzzle

    How can policymakers make sense of the impact of online platforms? CHRISTIAN HILDEBRANDT and RENÉ ARNOLD put forward a model that covers the complex dimensions.

    April 2017, Volume 45 Issue 1

  • Include Fibre in Housing Policy

    With so much equity tied up in the world’s housing stock it makes sense to direct a proportion towards stalled fibre broadband rollouts, argues RICHARD FEASEY.

    April 2017, Volume 45 Issue 1

  • Making the Right Moves

    Behavioural economics is becoming popular because it promises to improve competition and consumer outcomes. But asTIM HOGG asks, is it a paradigm shift, a passing fad - or somewhere in between?

    April 2017, Volume 45 Issue 1

  • Shedding Light on Universal Broadband

    Canada has embarked on an ambitious universal broadband policy that could be a model for other countries, as HEATHER HUDSON details.

    April 2017, Volume 45 Issue 1

  • The Agenda for Europe

    GEORG SERENTSCHY sets out the agenda for Europe in 2017, which looks likely to be critical in developing aspirations for the digital single market.

    January 2017, Volume 44 Issue 4

  • Uphill Road Ahead for Autonomous Vehicles

    Connected and autonomous vehicles will be leading users of the internet of things and 5G technologies. But almost all of today’s societal and regulatory issues will converge on road transport, as Julian McGougan reports.

    January 2017, Volume 44 Issue 4

  • Virtual Networks

    Telecoms operators have missed the platforms boat but hope to regain ground with network virtualisation. RICHARD FEASEY discusses the technology and regulatory implications of a powerful but potentially double-edged movement.

    January 2017, Volume 44 Issue 4

  • Political Protocol

    The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is much more than a UN talking shop and has the potential to be a key political networking body, reckons WOLFGANG KLEINWÄCHTER, who reports from the 11th IGF in Guadalajara.

    January 2017, Volume 44 Issue 4

  • Facilitating Innovation

    We shouldn’t be complacent that the regulatory approaches of today will be enough to support innovators in the era of the internet of things, says JEREMY GODFREY.

    January 2017, Volume 44 Issue 4

  • Seamingly Successful

    Rene Arnold and Anna Schneider explore the level playing field debate on OTT services from a consumer perspective.
    October 2016, Volume 44 Issue 03

  • Shape of things to come

    How should policy and regulation adapt to times of rapidly changing convergence? Jean-Jacques Sahel shapes the discussion.
    October 2016, Volume 44 Issue 03

  • Freedom vs Security

    Once again, the competing discourses of freedom of expression and national security are in play, as Monroe Price discusses in the context of global media policy.
    October 2016, Volume 44 Issue 03

  • High-flown ideas

    Should we be striving for the ‘level playing field’ with regulation of innovative, next-generation communications? Brian Williamson makes a strong case for setting them free.
    October 2016, Volume 44 Issue 03

  • Challenges for Audiovisual Regulation

    How is media policy and regulation developing in a world moving from broadcasting to audiovisual content on many platforms? Joan Barata presents the agenda.
    October 2016, Volume 44 Issue 03

  • Europe in the Round (Part 2)

    Peter Alexiadis concludes his tour of the trade-offs inherent in communications regulation.
    July 2016, Volume 44 Issue 02

  • Smartphones: Liberation or Limits?

    As more people, especially the less well off, have only a smartphone to access the internet, there are signs that a new type of digital divide could develop.  Ofcom’s Alison Preston describes new research carried out in the UK.
    July 2016, Volume 44 Issue 02

  • Stand and deliver

    As the OECD prepares for a ministerial meeting on the digital economy, Jørgen Abild Andersen argues that the highest level of coordination among many government departments is needed to deliver its aims

    April 2016, Volume 44 Issue 01

  • Q&A Ulf Pehrsson

    With ulf pehrsson, Ericsson's head of government and industry relations
    April 2016, Volume 44 Issue 01

  • Dealing with Disruption

    As regulators start to fundamentally review their remits, Chris Chapman, the incoming president of the IIC and chair of Australia’s ACMA, details the extent of digital disruption and possible regulatory response, in this two-part article.
    January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

  • Things to Regulate

    In part two of this briefing on the internet of things, Ian Brownn discusses the regulatory actions that could be necessary in this diverse technology sector.
    January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

  • Converging on Digital

    Taking the current European reform as model, Monica Ariño puts forward three key pillars for regulatory framework reform in pursuit of convergence.
    January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

  • Searching For The Creative Economy

    Ian Hargreaves  pieces together projects and evidence that are defining a crucial, technology driven sector of the economy.
    January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

  • Meeting a New Agenda

    The internet governance calendar is more packed than ever. Wolfgang Kleinwachter charts the key events that could shape an agenda for 2025.
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • Gearing up for Regulation 2.0

    Georg Serentschy develops the regulatory picture in Europe and argues for a much more ambitious agenda for investment.
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • Q&A with Fatima Barros

    Fatima Barros, chair of Portugal’s regulator, Anacom, and also BEREC
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • Impact of the Sharing Economy

    The modern sharing economy is small but growing - and enabled by the internet. John Ure discusses its possible impact and where regulation may be heading, with particular reference to Asia.
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • Platforms of Power

    The rise of content and media intermediaries such as Google and Facebook as digital gatekeepers raises major policy and regulation concerns, writes Robin Mansell.
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • Public Interest Test

    Continuing our coverage of spectrum auctions, Stefan Zehle explores further the pitfalls and implications for the public purse, drawing on key examples from the past decade.
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • Protect and Roam

    Matt Hatton reviews the main regulatory trends in the world of M2M and the internet of things.
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • Q&A With Madeleine de Cock Buning

    President of the Dutch Media Authority.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • The Sky Is A Limit

    The growing interest in using pilotless drone aircraft is bringing new regulatory challenges, writes Leonidas Kanellos.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • Taming the oligopolists

    Sumit Sharma extends the argument for using competition policy rather than regulation for convergent networks by looking at oligopoly models.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • A TMT Agenda

    H Sama Nwana makes a passionate case for promoting TMT and not just telecoms in Africa – a case that could benefit all developing nations.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • The FCC’s Bright Lines

    Jonathan Jacob Nadler says the FCC’s new Open Internet Remand Order makes five fundamental changes, faces five legal challenges – and will have five unintended consequences.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • Making Access Universal

    Universal access and service programmes are vital to extending broadband to all parts of a country. Antonio GarcIa Zaballos discusses the findings of a comparative report.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • 21st Century Privacy Fix

    With pressure mounting for new personal data privacy rules, Nancy Libin and Joshua Bercu assess the current state of play in the US and EU.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • Video’s Demands

    Trends in internet video services are becoming apparent, and regulatory and competition agencies need to respond, as Augusto preta reports.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • Ofcom’s Surprise

    One of the world’s bellwether regulators has announced a surprise strategic review. Tom Kiedrowski discusses what’s behind it.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • Q&A With Adriana Labardini

    Commissioner, Mexico’s IFT
    January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

  • Focusing ICT On The New UN Development Goals

    How can ICT best be deployed to advance the new Sustainable Development Goals? M-H Carolyn Nguyen and Paul Mitchell review the history and current position.
    January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

  • Europe in the Round

    The EU framework review has trade-offs that can't be ignored in communications policy, writes Peter Alexiadis in part one of an analysis of the issues.
    September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03

  • How Things Work

    In part one of this briefing, Ian Brown sets the scene for the regulatory issues that are rapidly arriving for the internet of things.
    September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03

  • Modern Times

    How can children gain vital literacy skills in today's internet, mobile phone and video game era? Aviva Silver says it's about storytelling.
    September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03

  • 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

  • Platform Parameters

    BRIAN WILLIAMSON continues our discussion of online platforms by highlighting appropriate policy and regulation that balances benefits and harms.

    October 2019, Volume 47 Issue 3

  • A Tipping Point For Regulation

    With the rise of OTT there's no doubt we are in the midst of transition in telecoms markets - but how best to respond, asks Brian Williamson.
    September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03

  • Are the Kids Alright?

    There is no more important concern in the global digital community than the wellbeing of children. SONIA LIVINGSTONE, who leads the Global Kids Online project, presents the latest evidence for a holistic approach for the digital age.

    October 2019, Volume 47 Issue 3

  • Economic Catalyst

    Jerry Power says regulation must change to promote digital ecosystems.
    September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03

  • 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

  • Vital Signs

    Stuart Brotman puts forward an index that captures the ‘vitality’ of broadband internet ecosystems in five countries, and which could be a benchmarking model.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • Reviewing the Layered Model

    More than 10 years ago, as the move to digital took off, there was much debate about using a layered regulatory model to mirror the new world. Now, write IVOR KING and DEREK WILDING, it’s making a comeback in Australia. But does it have merit? 

    April 2018, Volume 46 Issue 1

  • A New Model for Media Regulation

    Online platforms are placing great pressure on safeguards to democracy, and legal remedies are on the stocks. As KRISZTINA ROZGONYI discusses, there is a pressing need for a new generation of media regulators to implement rules and build trust 

    April 2018, Volume 46 Issue 1

  • 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.

    October 2018, Volume 46 Issue 3

  • 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

  • Testing Telecoms Assumptions

    Is much of current policy based on received wisdom and not rigorous evidence? Roslyn Layton sets out several areas where this may well be so
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • Platforms on Trial

    The major digital platforms face a crisis in trust from authorities and the public. TERRY FLEW takes a tour around the options for granting them probation

    July 2018, Volume 46 Issue 2

  • 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.

    October 2018, Volume 46 Issue 3

  • 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. 

    October 2018, Volume 46 Issue 3

  • 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. 

    October 2018, Volume 46 Issue 3

  • 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 

    October 2018, Volume 46 Issue 3

  • 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.

    October 2018, Volume 46 Issue 3

  • 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

  • Taking Aim at Big Tech

    The technology giants have concentrated power in too few hands, writes SÉBASTIEN SORIANO, chairman of France’s regulator, Arcep. He proposes  ‘Robin Hood’ style regulation to redistribute internet wealth to the many.

    Julyl 2019, Volume 47 Issue  2

  • Small Nations

    The challenges that regulators in small nations face are as diverse as the jurisdictions they regulate. Gibraltar’s STEWART BRITTENDEN finds some common ground.

    Julyl 2019, Volume 47 Issue  2

  • Tests for Regulation

    The UK has been a world leader in sector regulation but the current model is facing scrutiny. BT’s CATHRYN ROSS charts the challenges and finds reasons for optimism.

    Julyl 2019, Volume 47 Issue  2

  • Regulatory Directions: 2

    In part two of his extensive analysis of regulatory and competition law organisation,  PETER ALEXIADIS discusses the rise of the ‘super-regulator’, regulatory independence, and centralised vs local organisation, with the EU as the key reference.

    Julyl 2019, Volume 47 Issue  2

  • Joining the Revolution

    Europe has fallen behind in the ‘4th industrial revolution’ and the digital economy. The need for digital industrial policy is recognised but, as HARALD GRUBER describes, policymakers need to work quickly to correct market failures.

    October 2019, Volume 47 Issue 3

  • Pressure to Regulate

    STEPHEN UNGER compares a landmark regulatory decision about the Carterfone in the US with debate on one of today’s major issues, artificial intelligence, and finds parallels with the need to ensure that evidence for regulation is robust.

    October 2019, Volume 47 Issue 3

  • Q&A with Fatima Barros

    Fatima Barros, chair of Portugal’s regulator, Anacom, and also BEREC Read
    Q&A with Fatima Barros

Regulatory Watch articles on Governance

  • France: Arcep opens applications for 5G frequencies sale

    The French telecommunications regulator, the Autorité de Régulation des Communications Électroniques et des Postes (Arcep), has opened applications for the sale of 5G frequencies.

  • AI: The Brave New World

    Though AI can generate economic growth, and help solve the world’s biggest challenges, the newly appointed European Commission accepts it also needs to deal with the ‘risks’ the new technology brings, writes The Parliament Magazine’s Rajnish Singh.

  • Regulator recommends daily free data for South African mobile customers

    The South African Competition Commission released its final report and recommendations of its Data Services Market Inquiry on 2 December. The Commission launched the Inquiry in 2017 as the result of public concerns over high data prices.

  • Facial recognition now mandatory for new mobile subscribers in China

    Reuters reports that a new law came into force in China on 1 December, which requires the country’s mobile operators to take a biometric facial scan of anyone registering new mobile services.

  • MEPs Approve New European Commission

    The EU Parliament voted to approve Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen’s new Commission by 461 votes to 157 against, with 89 abstentions yesterday, reports The Parliament Magazine.

  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee Unveils Contract for the Web

    Inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, unveiled the World Wide Web Foundation’s global plan of action, Contract for the Web, at the United Nations Internet Governance Forum in Berlin on 25 November.

  • WRC-19: New milestones agreed for non-geostationary satellite deployment

    WRC-19: Agreement has been reached on a new milestone-based approach for the deployment of non-geostationary satellite (NGSO) systems.

  • Airtel, Vodafone Idea to appeal elements of AGR decision

    India: TeleGeography reports on a piece from the Economic Times, writing that mobile providers Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel are set to petition the Supreme Court this week.

  • Angela Merkel urges EU to seize control of data from Silicon Valley

    German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has urged Europe to seize control of its data from Silicon Valley tech giants, in an intervention that the Financial Times says highlights the EU’s growing willingness to challenge the US dominance of the digital economy.

  • Digicel T&T launches LTE-A

    TeleGeography reports that Digicel Trinidad and Tobago has upgraded its networks with LTE-A technology using an undisclosed block of spectrum it says was awarded by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) in July 2019.

  • Paraguay assumes the presidency of Regulatel

    The Paraguayan regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL) has assumed the presidency of the Latin American Forum of Telecommunications Regulators...

  • Russia internet: Law introducing new controls comes into force

    BBC News reports that on 1 November a new law came into force in Russia, giving officials broad powers to restrict traffic on the Russian internet.

  • Jonathan Oxley Appointed Ofcom interim CEO

    Ofcom has announced that Jonathan Oxley will become interim chief executive while the process to appoint a permanent chief executive continues. He will take on the role at the end of November, when Sharon White leaves, reports Mobile News.

  • Singapore Unveils New AI Framework for Financial Institutions

    Regulation Asia reports that the MAS (Monetary Authority of Singapore) has announced the launch of a new collaboration with the financial industry to create an artificial intelligence framework for financial institutions. This comes as the new National Artificial Intelligence strategy was announced by Singapore’s deputy prime minister Heng Swee Keat at the Singapore FinTech Festival and Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SFF x SWITCH) 2019.

  • More regulation to come; most originates in Europe

    A study by the law firm Hogan Lovells predicts that digital and technology companies can expect to face tougher regulations in the coming years.

  • Blacked-out front pages across Australia – Media rivals unite against government secrecy

    As part of a nation-wide ‘Your Right to Know’ campaign for freedom of speech, Australia’s national and major metropolitan newspapers produced front pages on 21 October consisting of a heavily redacted memo. As seen in the Sydney Morning Herald, below it were the words “When government keeps the truth from you, what are they covering up?”

  • South African operators cooperate with government on fibre connectivity

    Seven telecoms companies in South Africa have signed a cooperation agreement with the government outlining guiding principles for conduct within the fibre-based connectivity sector, notes Business Report.

  • Brazil telecoms modernisation law signed by president

    Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, has signed a law modernising Brazil’s telecoms regulations in a move long expected by the industry to allow new investment opportunities and help salvage bankrupt carrier Oi, reports Reuters.

  • Singapore ups 5G spectrum allocation to four operators

    Singapore’s communications regulator, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has revised its plans for the allocation of 5G-suitable spectrum, saying it now intends all four mobile network operators (MNOs) to roll out 5G networks starting from next year, up from its original plan to have just two, reports Telegeography.

  • Benelux competition authorities issue joint memo on digital challenges

    A joint memorandum of the Belgian, Dutch and Luxembourg (Benelux) competition authorities has highlighted challenges faced by competition authorities in a digital world. They say they cannot address all the challenges faced by competition authorities and focus on merger control, the need for guidance in fast moving digital markets, and the debate on an ex ante instrument providing for binding commitments without the establishment of an infringement.

  • BEREC updates net neutrality guidelines; consults on this and other issues

    BEREC, the European regulators body, has issued a draft update to its net neutrality guidelines, adopted in 2016, that have been now been renamed as the BEREC Guidelines on the Implementation of the Open Internet Regulation.

  • Australia acts on mobile number fraud

    Australia has announced telco regulations that prevent fraudsters from hijacking mobile numbers to access personal and financial information, and reduce phone scams, reports ZDNet. “Under the new industry wide measures, telcos will be required to introduce two-factor authentication, such as inputting a code on a website or responding to a text message, before mobile numbers can be transferred from one provider to another.

  • Germany’s regulator consults on security requirements; clarifies local 5G rules

    Germany’s Federal Network Agency, Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), is consulting on a revision of the catalogue of security requirements for operating telecoms and data processing systems and for processing personal data. “It is essential to protect information and communication systems against threats. The updated security requirements for telecommunications networks and services play an important role in this,” said Jochen Homann, BNetzA president.

  • UK abandons plans for online porn age verification

    Plans to introduce a nationwide age verification system for online pornography have been abandoned by the UK government after years of technical troubles and concerns from privacy campaigners, reports the Guardian.

  • US court upholds US net neutrality repeal, but stops short of blanket ban

    A US appeals court has largely upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) repeal of net neutrality protections, but struck down a provision barring states from implementing their own open internet rules, notes Mobile World News.

  • Acting director-general appointed at Kenya’s regulator

    The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has appointed Mercy Wanjau as acting director-general to replace Francis Wangusi whose tenure has ended. The board of directors chair, Ngene Gituku, said the appointment has been made to ensure that CA continues to discharge its mandate seamlessly.

  • Paper looks at goals of informal regulator networks

    A paper in the Journal of Common Market Studies, titled “Networks as ‘first best’? Network entrepreneurship and venue shifting in the establishment of the network of Euro‐Mediterranean energy regulators, considers that regulatory networks are usually considered a “second best” instrument of policy integration.

  • Canada sets up accessibility council; lowers wholesale broadband rates

    The organisations responsible for enforcing the Accessible Canada Act have announced the establishment of the Council of Federal Accessibility Agencies. The Accessible Canada Act, which became law in June 2019, requires member organisations of the council to work collaboratively to refer federal accessibility complaints to the right organisation and to foster complementary policies and practices.

  • Arcep consults Europe-wide on spectrum; faces challenge to power of sanction

    France’s communications regulator, Arcep, has brought together more than 20 representatives of national authorities from 15 European Union member states to outline the planned terms and procedure for awarding spectrum in the 3490–3800 GHz band in metropolitan France, and to elicit their feedback.

  • Margrethe Vestager promoted to European Commission VP

    The next president of the European Commission has steeled Europe for battles with Donald Trump over trade and tech regulation, handing more powers to the bloc’s top antitrust enforcer and urging Brussels to be robust in dealing with global rivals including China, reports the Financial Times.

  • Egypt opens ICT monitoring centre

    Egyptian ICT minister, Amr Talaat, has inaugurated a national ICT monitoring centre, which is affiliated with the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA), notes Ecofin. “With this new development, the Egyptian government is confirming its ambition to improve the quality of telecoms and internet services provided to citizens..."

  • France’s regulators draw up data-driven memo; Arcep reports on future networks

    Several French regulators – the competition authority, AMF, Arafer, Arcep, CNIL, CRE and CSA –  have held a meeting to draw up a memorandum on data-driven regulation, which they say “creates the ability to make stakeholders more accountable, increases the regulator’s capacity for analysis and makes more information available to users and civil society”.

  • Singapore launches digital industry and cybersecurity initiatives

    Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB), Enterprise Singapore and the regulator, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), have joined forces to establish Digital Industry Singapore (DISG), to better support and capitalise on the growth opportunities for Singapore’s technology sector.

  • Mission to Georgia helped build its regulatory framework

    A 19 month project with over 190 expert missions to Georgia comprising Lithuanian, German and Polish experts has helped define secondary legislation and guidelines on communications in line with EU standards for the country.

  • Germany clears 700 MHz band for operators

    Germany has completed the clearance of the 700 MHz band, which had previously been used by broadcasters, with operators now free to use the bandwidth to improve coverage, reports Mobile World Live.

  • UN reports on surveillance software and human rights

    The Citizen Lab, based at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto, has commented on two reports issued by United Nations Special Rapporteurs “that demonstrate the dangerous effects of unchecked technology in the hands of autocrats”...

  • Social media can combat extremist groups – report

    Removing extremist groups from social media is an effective way of destroying their fan bases, according to a study by the Global Research Network on Terrorism and Technology. As the National reports, the researchers found that radical groups do not necessarily thrive on alternative platforms once they have been removed from the mainstream.

  • European Commission embarks on pilot phase in AI ethics

    The European Commission has launched the pilot phase of its ethics guidelines for trustworthy artificial intelligence (AI). At the first AI Alliance Assembly, held in Brussels, the High-Level Expert Group on AI announced two developments, including an assessment list for trustworthy AI, developed by a group of 52 independent experts.

  • Mauritania is facing telecoms challenges

    Mauritania's small population and low economic output has limited the country’s ability to develop sustained growth, notes Developing Telecoms, citing a report by Research & Markets. “There are also practical challenges relating to transparency and tax burdens which have hindered foreign investment.

  • Brazil approves data protection as a fundamental right

    The Brazilian Senate has approved a proposal to add protection of data in digital platforms to the list of fundamental rights and individual citizen guarantees set out in the country's constitution, reports ZDNet.

  • Mission to Georgia helped build its regulatory framework

    A 19 month project with over 190 expert missions to Georgia comprising Lithuanian, German and Polish experts has helped define secondary legislation and guidelines on communications in line with EU standards for the country.

  • Opportunity to act on facial recognition technology may be lost in the US

    An article in Wired notes that after revelations about how law enforcement agencies in the US have deployed facial recognition, “Congress seemed, for a moment, galvanised to act".

  • Ofcom issues public service broadcasting measures

    Ofcom, the UK regulator, has announced a range of measures “to ensure that public service broadcasters (PSBs) continue to deliver high-quality content for UK viewers and listeners”.

  • FCC examines broadband access in multi-tenant residential buildings

    The FCC in the US is taking steps to improve broadband deployment and competition in the nation’s apartment buildings, condominium complexes and office buildings (known as multiple tenant environments, or MTEs).

  • Ethiopia adopts telecoms proclamation

    The Communications Service Proclamation has been adopted by the Ethiopian Parliament and introduces a number of major changes into the Ethiopian telecoms sector. Commentary from DLA Piper's telecoms team notes that the most important aspect of the proclamation is that it has liberalised the sector, which has been monopolised by the government for many decades.

  • UK business body calls for a digital economy regulator

    Britain’s Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has called for a new, independent regulator that can play “a crucial role in building trust in the digital economy”. It says that current proposals risk falling short of the UK government’s ambition to be the best and safest place to build a digital business.

  • What makes an Electronic Communications Service? (Part 2)

    On 13 June 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU“) published its ruling on the classification of Gmail in the EU following a request for a preliminary ruling from the German Courts. Gmail is a web-based email service, and is a type of “Over-The-Top” (“OTT”) service.

  • Open letter calls for UK to abandon chat services surveillance proposal

    A proposal by the UK’s security agency, GCHQ, that would enable eavesdropping on encrypted chat services has been condemned as a “serious threat” to digital security and human rights, reports the Guardian. “In an open letter signed by more than 50 companies, civil society organisations and security experts – including Apple, WhatsApp, Liberty and Privacy International – GCHQ was called on to abandon its so-called ‘ghost protocol’, and instead focus on ‘protecting privacy rights, cybersecurity, public confidence, and transparency’.

  • New Zealand embarks on digital economy plan

    A new domain plan to measure New Zealand’s ongoing evolution into a digital nation has been released by Stats NZ and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Government statistician, Liz MacPherson, says that the release of a digital nation domain plan is a step towards “making sure that we’re collecting essential data to track and understand how new and emerging technologies are affecting New Zealand.

  • French agencies examine the connected speaker market

    Hadopi, the France’s copyright agency, and Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA), France’s media regulator, have conducted a joint study on the connected speaker market, which is an issue for both institutions. These issues are also of interest to other regulatory authorities, including telecoms regulator, ARCEP, the competition authority, and CNIL, the data privacy agency, which contributed to the work.

  • US committee investigates the dominance of tech giants

    The US House Judiciary Committee has launched an investigation into the market dominance of Silicon Valley’s biggest names, starting with a look at the impact of the tech giants’ platforms on news content, the media and the spread of misinformation online, reports Courthouse News.

  • Cook Islands issues competition policy consultation

    The Cook Islands Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) has released a draft telecoms market competition policy for consultation. The Cook Islands has been serviced by a single operator, partly-owned by the government, under a legislated monopoly since 1989, with limited independent oversight.

  • European court rules on communications status of Skype and Gmail

    The European Court of Justice (EJC) has ruled that Skype and similar voice over internet (VoIP) communications providers are subject to rules governing electronic communications services in some cases, following a dispute between the company and the Belgian telecoms regulator, notes Mobile World Live.

  • Canada’s regulator makes broadband fund call

    The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has launched a first call for applications for a broadband fund. The CRTC is accepting applications for projects in the Canadian territories and satellite-dependent communities, where there is a great need for improved broadband internet and mobile wireless services.

  • UK citizens get right to ‘decent and affordable’ broadband

    Everyone in the UK will have the legal right to request a decent and affordable broadband connection from March next year, the regulator, Ofcom, has confirmed. “We are implementing the UK government’s ‘universal broadband service’ – a safety net that will give eligible homes and businesses a legal right to request a decent connection.

  • FCC’s broadband deployment report comes under fire

    Ajit Pai, chair of US regulator FCC, has commented on USTelecom’s release of broadband investment figures for 2018, and the FCC’s own 2019 broadband deployment report (which was reissued after problems with data), saying that “the latest evidence reaffirms that our policies are working..."

  • Ofcom’s Sharon White to leave this year

    Sharon White , chief executive of UK regulator, Ofcom, is leaving to become chair of the John Lewis Partnership, a retail organisation. She is expected to leave by the end of the year.

  • ‘Deepfake’ videos pose political threat

    Top artificial-intelligence researchers are racing to defuse an extraordinary political weapon: computer-generated fake videos that could undermine candidates and mislead voters during the 2020 presidential campaign, reports the Washington Post.

  • India aims to reclaim spectrum from bankrupt operators

    India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has stepped up its efforts to reclaim spectrum from bankrupt cellco Aircel, demanding that the firm return its airwaves on the basis that the DoT is owed dues from the defunct provider, notes TeleGeography.

  • Europe’s competition commissioner warns on digital monopolies

    The EU should be “ready to act” should social values such as “privacy, freedom and fairness” be under threat from expanding digital monopolies, the bloc’s competition chief, Margrethe Vestager, has said, reports EurActiv.

  • EU Court of Justice Determines that SkypeOut is an Electronic Communications Service

    On 5 June 2019, the Court of Justice of the EU ("CJEU") published its ruling on the classification of SkypeOut in the EU following a request for a preliminary ruling from the Belgian Courts. Skype is a Voice over IP service ("VoIP") whereas the SkypeOut component is an interconnected VoIP service that allows the service to dial out to landline and mobile numbers.

  • San Francisco could ban official use of facial recognition technology

    San Francisco officials have voted to ban the use of facial recognition technology by city personnel, in a move to regulate tools that local Silicon Valley companies helped develop, reports Reuters.

  • US mobile operator merger could increase prices

    Despite a lengthy process that started way back in the spring of 2018, US mobile operators Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to extend the deadline for their proposed merger another 2 months until 29 June, reports Gizmodo.

  • Singapore launches consultation on regulatory frameworks and policies for 5G

    Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has launched a public consultation to seek views from the industry and public on the appropriate regulatory frameworks and policies for 5G.

  • France issues interim report on regulating Facebook and other social media

    A report submitted to the French Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, and titled “Creating a French framework to make social media platforms more accountable: Acting in France with a European vision”, recommends that French authorities should have more access to Facebook’s algorithms to audit its policies on hate speech.

  • Rwanda set to regulate social media

    Rwanda’s government is aiming to regulate social media content, a move which is intended to curb the spread of misinformation, according to the minister for ICT and innovation, Paula Ingabire, as AllAfrica reports.

  • US competition agency reports on technology task force

    The US Federal Trade Commission has testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce about its efforts to protect consumers and promote competition.

  • European Commission awaits legal advice on Wi-Fi connected car proposal

    The European Commission’s plan for a Wi-Fi-based standard for cars endorsed by Volkswagen faces a 2 month delay as EU countries wait for legal advice on the proposal, reports Reuters.

  • ITU defines OTT and issues policy and regulatory framework recommendation

    The ITU has approved a recommendation addressing the relationship between network operators and providers of over the top (OTT) applications. It says recommendation ITU-T D.262 “provides parameters for the analysis of the new economic dynamics of the ICT ecosystem and how policy and regulatory frameworks could promote competition, consumer protection, consumer benefits, dynamic innovation, sustainable investment and infrastructure development, accessibility and affordability in relation to the global growth of OTTs”.

  • India’s regulator calls for spectrum audit by independent agency

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) wants the government to identify spectrum being held by various departments and agencies for effective commercial application of the scarce natural resource, notes the Economic Times.

  • Ofcom’s CEO highlights risk of lack of telecoms equipment choice

    Sharon White, chief executive of Ofcom, the UK regulator, has said that the small number of equipment suppliers has created systemic risks to the country’s networks that may need to be addressed with regulation. She made the remarks amid tensions with the US over whether Britain will permit equipment from Chinese vendor Huawei to be used for next-generation 5G telecom services, reports Bloomberg.

  • Dutch regulator focuses on net neutrality and infrastructure implications of 5G

    Dutch regulator, ACM, plans to work on two themes concerning 5G, reports Telecompaper: the application of net neutrality and infrastructure sharing. “A spokesperson for the ACM said the application of net neutrality raises important questions for 5G and infrastructure sharing will become relevant again once operators start rolling out 5G networks.

  • France, Canada, line up consumers for internet quality testing

    Arcep, France’s regulator, has published a draft decision for public consultation on implementing an application programming interface (API), to be installed directly in operators’ boxes, for measuring the quality of fixed internet services.

  • Australian authority opposes merger on both mobile and broadband grounds

    The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has decided to oppose the proposed merger between TPG Telecom and Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA). The ACCC has concluded that it is likely to substantially lessen competition in the supply of mobile services because the merger would preclude TPG entering as the fourth mobile network operator in Australia.

  • FTC releases review of last year’s privacy and data security work

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the primary privacy and data security enforcer in the US, has released its annual report highlighting its privacy and data security work for 2018.

  • BBC director-general calls for updated regulation

    BBC director-general Tony Hall has called for streamers and broadcasters to face the same regulation and highlighted what he says is the greater reach of the “pubcaster” compared with online rivals like Netflix, C21Media reports.

  • FCC presses ahead with sale of weather forecasting spectrum

    The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) intends to move ahead with a plan to auction off wireless radio frequencies that scientists say could harm critical satellite data used in weather forecasting, a report in the Washington Post notes.

  • Competition review in UK calls for a new digital markets unit

    Tech giants have become increasingly dominant and ministers must open the market up to increase consumer choice and give people greater control over their data, an independent review for the UK government has advised.

  • UK upper house calls for digital ‘super-regulator’

    The UK’s House of Lords has called for the creation of a digital super-regulator to oversee the different bodies charged with safeguarding the internet and replace the “clearly failing” system of self-regulation by big technology companies, reports the Guardian.

  • Review of Australian Defamation Act

    A report of the statutory review of the Defamation Act 2005 (the Act), which implements the Model Defamation Provisions (MDP) in NSW has covered key issues pertaining to Australian defamation law.

  • UK government issues strategic priorities for Ofcom

    The UK government has issued a statement of strategic priorities (SSP) to provide the regulator, Ofcom, with context and guidance about the government’s policy priorities and desired outcomes in relation to telecoms, the management of radio spectrum and postal services.

  • Net neutrality report finds many not following rules in Europe

    Nearly 3 years after the EU net neutrality regulations came into effect, neither service providers nor national regulators have been role models in following the rules, a report has concluded, notes

  • Philippines approves ICT strategy

    The Philippines House of Representatives has unanimously approved House Bill 3437, which seeks to provide for an “online network establishment” (ONE) policy for the country. Principally authored by deputy speaker Rose Marie “Baby” Arenas, HB 3437 or the “ONE Philippines Act” hopes to minimise the so-called digital divide and speed up wireless communications technology in the country.

  • Child protection agency calls for social media regulation

    A survey commissioned by the NSPCC, a UK child protection charity, reveals that 9 out of 10 parents support the regulation of social networks to make them legally responsible for protecting children, and 6 out of 10 adults do not think social networks protect children from sexual grooming and inappropriate content like self-harm and suicide.

  • BEREC works on intra-EU communication services

    BEREC, the European regulators body, has run a public workshop to discuss the preparation of guidelines on intra-EU communication services.

  • Ethiopia proceeds with setting up telecoms regulator

    Ethiopia’s Council of Ministers has issued a new proclamation calling for the establishment of an independent federal government body to oversee the communications sector, as TeleGeography reports.

  • Hard hitting UK report on fake news focuses on Facebook

    The final report in the UK of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee’s 18-month investigation into disinformation and fake news has accused Facebook of purposefully obstructing its inquiry and failing to tackle attempts by Russia to manipulate elections, reports the Guardian.

  • UK review of journalism tackles “uneven balance of power”

    A review by Dame Frances Cairncross into the sustainability of high-quality journalism in the UK has been published, making proposals “designed to encourage new models to emerge, with the help of innovation not just in technology but in business systems and journalistic techniques”.

  • Five Minutes On...The EU Electronic Communications Code

    The EU Electronic Communications Code (EECC) is a new directive consolidating and reforming the framework for the regulation of electronic communications services and networks across the EEA. Member states must adapt their existing telecommunications regulations in accordance with the EECC by 2020.

  • France cannot impose “right to be forgotten” on Google

    The advocate general of the European Court of Justice has given his opinion on the “right to be forgotten” conflict between France and Google, and the opinion is relatively simple: France does not have the right to impose its own considerations on a company which operates outside its jurisdiction, notes 

  • Self-regulation code for video streaming in India gets mixed support

    Most online video streaming platforms in India have agreed to a code of self-regulation that may receive endorsement from the country’s Information and Broadcasting Ministry, reports the Economic Times. 

  • Operators file suit against Germany’s 5G terms

    Deutsche Telekom has become the latest operator to file a lawsuit against the conditions for participating in Germany’s 5G mobile spectrum auction, which is scheduled to take place in the spring, notes TeleGeography. 

  • New European Electronic Communications Code means the application of the ePrivacy Directive to OTTs

    As of Dec. 21, 2020, the obligations of the current ePrivacy Directive will apply to instant messaging applications, email, internet phone calls and personal messaging provided through social media — collectively, over-the-top services — in addition to traditional telecom providers.

  • Q&A with Chris Chapman

    Chris Chapman, President of the IIC and the inaugural Chair of the ACMA – December 2018

  • Romanian regulator launches 2019 plan for consultation

    ANCOM, Romania’s regulator, has launched for public consultation an “action plan” for 2019, with Sorin Grindeanu, ANCOM’s president, saying: “New challenges lie ahead of ANCOM in 2019, with the organisation of the 5G auction as a main project.

  • China makes moves on blockchain regulation

    According to website, International Law Office, the Chinese government’s growing concerns about certain aspects of blockchain have triggered a number of recent regulatory responses. For example, in June 2018 the government learned of a vaccine scandal in which improper wording was allegedly uploaded to Ethereum (a type of blockchain).

  • Australia reaches preliminary views on digital platforms

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has published preliminary recommendations in its digital platforms inquiry, which is covering Google, Facebook and the Australian news and advertising industries. The report contains 11 preliminary recommendations and eight areas for further analysis as the inquiry continues.

  • European regulators body publishes plan for 2019/20

    BEREC, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications, has released a number of documents and consultations, including its “highly anticipated” opinion on the EU net neutrality regulation and guidelines.

  • EU sets out artificial intelligence plan amid concerns

    The European Commission (EC) has published a plan prepared with member states to foster the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe. It focuses on four areas: increasing investment, making more data available, fostering talent and ensuring trust.

  • Europe’s communications code gets final approval

    The European Council has given final sign-off on the EU’s Electronic Communications Code, which imposes price caps, tougher security procedures and spectrum allocation rules that will enhance 5G deployment, notes mobile World Live.

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