Digital Platforms Inquiry(report) – ACCC (Australia)

"Digital platforms offer innovative and popular services to consumers that have, in many cases, revolutionised the way consumers communicate with each other, access news and information and interact with business. Many of the services offered by digital platforms provide significant benefits to both consumers and business; as demonstrated by their widespread and frequent use by … Continue reading Digital Platforms Inquiry(report) – ACCC (Australia)

Regulators and legislators need to wake up and start governing the digital economy

Australia is the latest country to cast an eye towards Silicon Valley, revamping rules to create a regulatory framework with greater oversight and authority over the booming digital ecosystem. While the digital economy has operated in a relatively tether-free fashion to date, various scandals throughout the last 18 months have shown these companies are not … Continue reading Regulators and legislators need to wake up and start governing the digital economy

The social safety net in Sharing Economy

The "sharing economy" is becoming mainstream with the anticipated stock listings from services such as Uber, Lyft and Airbnb, signs that the trend is gaining momentum and impacting multiple sectors. These multibillion-dollar online platforms have already been a disruptive force in many economic segment, and analysts say the public listings may be a watershed moment, … Continue reading The social safety net in Sharing Economy

Digital Economy is the Key to Realizing Indonesia into the Big Five of the World Economy

In an oration entitled “Leap Frog Indonesia Through Digital Economy”, Rudiantara revealed that the development of a digital economic ecosystem is the key to realizing the nation’s economy towards the ranks of the world’s top five economies. “The experience of a number of startup companies or startups that have grown up like Gojek, Tokopedia, Bukalapak … Continue reading Digital Economy is the Key to Realizing Indonesia into the Big Five of the World Economy

Overcoming digital divide – analysis (India)

India’s policies towards digital regulation are inadequate. Future policy-making must be based on economic considerations and evidence, not on myopic political considerations In 2014, the Narendra Modi-led Government came to power with an objective of ‘minimum Government, maximum governance, aimed at showcasing the country as an investment-friendly destination. Thereafter, on various occasions, the Government announced measures … Continue reading Overcoming digital divide – analysis (India)

GSMA: Free Flow of Data across Borders Essential for Asia’s Digital Economies

Governments in Asia can expand the region’s digital economy and unlock further socio-economic benefits for their citizens by removing unnecessary restrictions on the movement of data internationally, according to a new report released by the GSMA today at the Mobile 360 – Digital Societies conference in Bangkok. The study, ‘Regional Privacy Frameworks and Cross-Border Data … Continue reading GSMA: Free Flow of Data across Borders Essential for Asia’s Digital Economies

Unlocking the value of data key to UK economic growth

The Scottish government has identified data-driven innovation as a key area for potential economic growth, and they plan to invest accordingly. Rachel Aldighieri, MD of the DMA, highlights the need for cross-sector collaboration to discover the true worth of data. Earlier this month, Theresa May signed the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal … Continue reading Unlocking the value of data key to UK economic growth

How cybersecurity and data storage laws could pull the plug on Southeast Asia’s digital economy

Jeff Paine says governments in Southeast Asia are keen to capitalise on the opportunity presented by the digital economy, but their rush to regulate data flows and storage will hit start-ups and small local firms hard. Southeast Asia is one of the most diverse regions in the world, a handful of countries with thousands of … Continue reading How cybersecurity and data storage laws could pull the plug on Southeast Asia’s digital economy

Benin is the latest African nation taxing the internet

Benin has joined a growing list of African states imposing levies for using the internet. The government passed a decree in late August taxing its citizens for accessing the internet and social-media apps. The directive, first proposed in July, institutes a fee (link in French) of 5 CFA francs ($0.008) per megabyte consumed through services like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter. … Continue reading Benin is the latest African nation taxing the internet

Telkom SA calls for digital economy summit (South Africa)

Telkom South Africa has called for a multi-sectoral digital economy summit to be convened and attended by operators, the industry regulator, vertical market representatives, tertiary education institutions and other telecommunications industry stakeholders. In his keynote address to delegates at the 2018 Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC), Group CEO Telkom SA Sipho Maseko … Continue reading Telkom SA calls for digital economy summit (South Africa)