Digital Ecosystem Convergence between IT, Telecoms, Media and Entertainment: Scenarios to 2015
Broadband adoption, technological advances and decreased operating costs have pushed the IT, Telecommunications and Media and Entertainment industries into a period of great flux. As they converge, they are forming a space we could call the Digital Ecosystem. This emerging Digital Ecosystem is generating many risks and challenges for government policies, as well as presenting new opportunities for creating social and economic value. Just as any healthy ecosystem enables its stakeholders to interact to the benefit of all, a healthy Digital Ecosystem will simultaneously enable its commercial participants to create economic value and deliver well-being to society. The critical uncertainties we focus on are user empowerment, market structure, market regulation, Intellectual Property Rights, security and privacy.
The Digital Ecosystem is forming as the Information Technology, Telecommunications, and Media and Entertainment industries converge, users evolve from mere consumers to active participants, and governments face policy and regulatory challenges. Its stakeholders are questioning the shape and size it will take. They are aware of their inter-dependencies necessary to enable the Digital Ecosystem to evolve into a healthy environment that both creates economic value and adds well being to society.
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