Digital Inclusion

Digital Inclusion in Europe: Evaluating Policy and Practice

The National Digital Conference takes place in London today discussing “putting people at the heart of the opportunities digital can deliver”. Contributing to these discussions, our Ellen Helsper summarizes her recent European Commission discussion paper assessing European Digital Inclusion policies and argues that a focus on tangible outcomes linked to offline social inclusion targets is needed. She recommends a 6 step approach to […]

Just Released: DCMS’ UK Broadband Impact Study

The DCMS just released a study on the benefits of superfast broadband in the UK looking at the impact of public interventions. Jonathan Liebenau of the LSE Network Economy Forum offers initial thoughts on the report’s usefulness and limitations, promising more analysis to come and raises questions to guide further analysis.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport today released a study by […]

Is Online Participation a Prerequisite for Participating in Society?

Ofcom has just released a new report on the use of government and public services online. Lawyer and current LSE MSc student Anri Van Der Spuy, has looked at the report and discusses what the findings show about “participation” in society and online. On 5 November Ofcom published its Internet Citizens Report 2013 showing how UK citizens make use of […]

Internet Governance Series: What the 2013 Freedom of the Net Report says about UK Internet Governance?

Freedom House has just published its yearly Report on Freedom of the Net, which studies the development of Internet freedom in 60 countries around the world. The LSE Media Policy Project contributed to the report on the United Kingdom. LSE Alum Paul Moura argues that although the UK has been labeled as ‘free’, there are still reasons to look beyond the label. […]

Oxford Internet Survey finds Most UK Users at Best Blasé about the Internet

The Oxford Internet Institute just published the report from its sixth Oxford Internet Survey examining access and use of the Internet as well as individuals’ attitudes and beliefs about it. The Institute’s William Dutton explains what this year’s survey shows about users in the UK and suggests that the patterns found may have implications for the digital economy. Internet use in the […]

Ofcom’s Consultation Triplet on Broadband Markets

The DCMS Strategy Paper  declares that, “[f]ast, reliable, competitively-priced digital connectivity is crucial to economic growth”.  The section of the paper that discusses broadband reflects two main policies already set out by DCMS in February 2013: “making it easier for the communications and telecoms industries to grow, while protecting the interests of citizens”, and “stimulating private sector investment to achieve […]

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    EC Consultation on “Rapidly Converging Audiovisual World” – Extended to 30 September

EC Consultation on “Rapidly Converging Audiovisual World” – Extended to 30 September

The European Commission is seeking comments from stakeholders, viewers, and internet users about the changing media landscape. The growth of the internet has made broadcasting, telecommunications, streaming video, journalism, and other media platforms more accessible, but distinctions between them are becoming blurred. This media ‘convergence’ has complicates the application of separate governance and self-regulatory policies. The Commission released a Green […]

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    Ofcom research highlights what sets Scotland apart from its neighbours

Ofcom research highlights what sets Scotland apart from its neighbours

With Scotland’s referendum on independence coming in 2014, many are asking what the future of Scottish media could look like. Philip Schlesinger, Chair of Ofcom’s Advisory Committee for Scotland, examines Ofcom’s recently released Communications Market Report on Scotland, noting that certain critical aspects of the television, broadband and mobile sectors unique to Scotland are setting the region apart from the […]

The Economic Case for Net Neutrality

Some have argued that over-the-top applications are undermining the capacity of network operators to invest and are free riding.  Brian Williamson of Plum Consulting discusses their latest findings, which show that growth of internet based over-the-top applications is a key driver of investment in ubiquitous higher speed higher capacity access networks, and far from free riding creates the demand conditions […]