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Emerging telecommunication policy and regulatory issues

A few words on emerging telecommunication policy and regulatory issues

Fast-paced innovation in the telecommunication industry has created significant opportunities for consumers, businesses and governments alike, and has made daily life simpler and more convenient in many ways.

However, the rapid pace of change and the near ubiquitous nature of communications technology have created number of new challenges that have not traditionally been the purview of industry regulators, and do not seem to be adequately addressed by the market.  The pervasiveness of technology today has also meant that regulators are re-examining their role and mandate, and considering different approaches to regulatory reform. The massive deployment of mobile and wireless networks, combined with the development of new RFID systems and nanotechnology, will have important consequences on well-known areas like spectrum management, competition policy and interconnection. But a number of  emerging issues will also need special attention in the context of always-on ubiquitous connectivity and convergence, such as: consumer protection, user trust, data and privacy protection, digital identity, content regulation, freedom of expression, human rights, digital divides, and the social and ethical impacts of new technologies.

This site provides selected articles and papers that relate to emerging policy challenges raised by new communication technologies and continuing convergence. There are also resources available on "internet-related public policy issues", which focus on cybersecurity and internet governance.

Selected online resources and papers on emerging policy issues

Consumer protection, privacy and digital identity

The protection of minors

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