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2010 Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2010 - 2011

Enabling Tomorrow's Digital World

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The annual "Trends in Telecommunication Reform" publications are key part of ITU's effort to explore and amplify the wisdom of policy-makers and regulators in the ICT sector. The 11th edition will examine the challenges for regulators to stimulate nationwide broadband deployments through adaptive and targeted regulations and out-of-the-box tools, leading to a new ladder of regulation. With this regard, it is very important for regulators to understand the impact of broadband on and beyond the ICT sector as well as the driving forces of today's and tomorrow's ICT markets, notably the migration from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting and the allocation of the digital dividend. For markets to truly thrive, regulators need to prove successful in keeping up with the pace of convergence and integration of ubiquitous networks, in particular through adapting their institutional structure and mandate, adopting cutting-edge best practices and embracing new tools such as innovative dispute resolution techniques. The individual chapters will focus on salient issues such as the changing role of regulators in a digital world and their involvement in non-traditional areas of regulatory intervention, such as ICT climate change and cyberthreats. Last but not least, the Information Society is changing every aspect of our lives, whether in developing or developed countries and it is crucial to leverage the benefits it brings while mitigating the associated threats. What does it all mean for ICT users, but also for regulators and policy makers?

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The Role of ICT Regulation in Addressing Offenses in Cyberspace

In many countries around the world, information and communication technology (ICT) in all its forms has become a critical driver for growth and innovation. Breakthroughs in the development of ICTs and the innovative use of these technologies and applications play a pivotal role in helping governments respond to a number of unprecedented challenges, ranging from improving healthcare and education to addressing climate change to dealing with natural disasters. In this regard it is necessary to highlight that in many ways, societies have become highly dependent on ICTs. With the growth in the number of private users and businesses relying on ICTs for the functioning of their everyday lives, ICTs should be seen as a critical part of national infrastructures. This growing dependence on ICTs represents a major potential vulnerability as even brief interruptions to ICT-based services can cause significant economic or social damage. As a result, as countries’ reliance on ICTs increases, there is a growing awareness that cybersecurity and the fight against cybercrime must be taken more seriously. Given the link between ICTs and political, social, and economic growth, cybersecurity and cybercrime are now being considered as an important element in national development agendas. Drawing on the experiences of both developed and developing countries, this chapter underlines some of the major challenges and considerations.

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