ITU Internet Report 2006: report

ITU Internet Report 2006: is the eighth in the series of “ITU Internet Reports” originally launched in 1997 by the International Telecom-munication Union. For previous titles in the series, such as “The Internet of Things” see the homepage of the ITU Internet Reports. Written by a team of analysts from ITU’s Strategy & Policy Unit (SPU), this eighth edition of the ITU Internet Reports, entitled “”, focuses on consumers and looks at how human lives are being continuously shaped and re-shaped by advances in digital technologies.The report begins by examining the underlying technologies for new digital lifestyles, from network infrastructure to value creation at the edges. In studying how businesses are adapting to fast-paced digital innovation, the report looks at how they can derive value in an environment driven by convergence at multiple levels. Moreover, a great challenge lies in extending access to underserved areas of the world. In light of media convergence, a fresh approach to policy-making may be required, notably in areas such as content, competition policy, and spectrum management. And as our lives become increasingly mediated by digital technologies, digital identities (both abstract and practical) take on a new dimension. Concerns over privacy and data protection do not seem to be sufficiently addressed by today’s online environments. In this context, the report examines the changing digital individual, and outlines the need for improving the design of identity management mechanisms for a healthy and secure digital world.

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