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Issue: 42
IIC Policy World

What's in this month's issue?

- Upcoming events​

- Event calendar

- Latest updates from Regulatory Watch​​

- Q&A: Ann LaFrance

- Update from the Americas

- Update from Asia Pacific​

- Update from Europe​

- InterMedia  - Smartphones: Liberation or Limits?

- Your feedback

Hello ,

Smartphones: Liberation or Limits

How are people accessing online resources?  Recent research from Ofcom finds that as much as 16% of the British population is using a smartphone as their only means to access the internet, often with limited understanding of the security implications or costs of accessing content and transacting. 

The rise of the digital citizen and the digital consumer means consumption patterns and attitudes to privacy, security and freedom of expression are changing.  In the final session of our two-day Annual Conference our panel, chaired by Ann LaFrance of Squire Patton Boggs, will examine what this means for policy makers, regulators and industry and the concept of choice for users.

We asked Ms LaFrance who is Co-Chair of data privacy and cybersecurity what she feels will be the biggest impact of Brexit for the digital single market for the protection of the digital citizen. She shares her view in this month’s Q&A.

Ofcom’s research is summarised in the latest issue of InterMedia in an article by Alison Preston of Ofcom, Smartphones: Liberation or Limits?

With best wishes,


Andrea Millwood Hargrave
Director General

Upcoming Events

This year the International Regulators Forum (IRF) and the 47th Annual Conference will be in Bangkok

CPR Week focuses on ‘big picture’ regulatory themes affecting the communications community globally. In 2016 the focus is on digital transformation of society, new tipping points, policies and strategies and the role the regulator could or should play

International Regulators Forum, 10-11 October 2016, Bangkok

The digital transformation of society: the regulator’s role

IRF themes for 2016:

  • The demands of convergence
  • Cross-sectoral regulation
  • Levelling the playing field: The Challenges
  • Connecting the unconnected
  • Spectrum: what is 5G and what does it mean for the regulator?


> Workshop: Collaborating to eliminate spam and nuisance communications, 11 October 2016, Bangkok


The IIC’s 47th Annual Conference, 12-13 October 2016, Bangkok

Trends in converged communications: new tipping points, new digital policies, and strategies

Conference talks for 2016:

  • Priorities for regulators adapting to digital transformation
  • Linking ICT policy and regulation with Sustainable Development Goals and inclusive growth
  • Business and policy models in the new digital economy to add value and opportunity for all
  • Stimulating high quality, market-driven, accessible digital content in a highly competitive OTT world
  • Evolving priorities, consumption patterns, and attitudes to privacy, security and freedom of the digital citizen and the digital consumer

Plus: national connectivity case studies from Myanmar and Australia


Event Calendar

10-11October 2016 International Regulators Forum Bangkok Global event - IIC
11 October 2016  Workshop  Bangkok  Global event - IIC 

12-13 October 2016

47th Annual Conference Bangkok Global event - IIC
16-17 November 2016 Canadian Chapter Conference Ottawa IIC Chapter event
25 November 2016 Italy Chapter event:  20th Anniversary Rome IIC Chapter event
29- 30 November 2016  Telecommunications and Media Forum  Washington DC 

Global event - IIC



Regulatory Watch

The IIC’s eye on the news. This bulletin is regularly updated with thumbnails of industry news. Follow the links for a round-up of latest industry stories.

Cryptocurrencies: not disruptive, but opening up new uses

A report from Citi Research does not view cryptocurrencies as a disruptive threat to banks or card networks, but believes they could support new applications such as the “internet of things”

Data-driven regulation in France

Arcep, France’s telecoms regulator, has described how it will use ‘data-driven’ regulation to steer the market in the right direction, including ‘crowdsourcing’ information from users about performance and coverage.

OECD meeting is launchpad for ‘One Internet’ report

One Internet, the final report and recommendations of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, was released at the OECD ministerial meeting on the digital economy in June. The report has recommendations “crucial to ensuring the internet’s promised future of greater digital freedom, security, trustworthiness and accessibility for all”.

Top nations pull ahead in ICT clout

The Global Information Technology Report 2016 from the World Economic Forum (WEF) has found that Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Israel, Singapore, the Netherlands and the US are leading the world when it comes to generating economic impact from investments in ICT

Spectrum order in the Philippines

The chief of the new Philippines Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has ordered an inventory of used and unused telecoms spectrum, reports Telecom Asia. “I do not want public telephone entities to be warehousing frequencies”.

5G manifesto calls for relaxation in net neutrality

In a 5G manifesto, a group of European telecoms service providers and equipment manufacturers have called for a relaxation of net neutrality rules, reports TeleGeography.


Q&A with Ann LaFrance, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs 

1. How will BREXIT affect achievement of the EU Digital Single Market?

2. What challenges would a complete UK break from the EU pose for the DSM?

3. What impact would a complete break have on the UK’s digital market?

4. What is unlikely to change?

Ann LaFrance co-chairs Squire Patton Boggs' Data Privacy & Cybersecurity practice. Drawing on more than 20 years of industry experience, Ann advises clients on telecommunications regulation and new media policy, competition law, dispute resolution and European Union ('EU') data protection matters.

See Ms LaFrance's answers


Regional Update

The IIC has a number of directors in various regions of the world. These are dedicated TMT professionals who work with the IIC on a voluntary basis to share knowledge, facilitate relationships and create long-term bonds between regulatory authorities and the businesses they regulate.  Here we bring you news from these regions.


Sharon White, CEO OFCOM

USA: recent event

Conversation with Sharon White, CEO OFCOM

28 June 2016, Hosted by Wilkinson Barker Knauer, Washington DC
This is the second time in the Chapter’s short history that it has been able to hear from the current OFCOM CEO. Read more about the event

Canadian Chapter Conference, Ottawa

16-17 November, Ottawa

The event will deal with the development of an innovation agenda for the Canadian communications and media sector.

More information available shortly

Asia Pacific

Australia: recent event and news

5G: “Known Unknowns”: A global investor perspective on the 5G roadmap

21 June 2016, Co-hosted by IIC Australia and ACMA

The event attracted a large number of industry participants keen to hear presenter Andrew Entwistle from New | Street Research discuss the technology for 5G and its implications, as well as potential new business models. Read more about the event


News update from UK

Future policy approaches to the convergence of privacy and security online

14 July 2016, London, hosted by TECHUK

A lively debate discussed the implication of measures for ensuring data privacy and security, recognising them as co-dependent issues, rather than a trade-off. Technology alone is not sufficient, effective policy is needed.
A video of the meeting (presentations) will be available shortly, but you can read more about the event.

News update from Italy

IIC Italy Chapter: 20th Anniversary

25 November 2016, organised in association with AGCOM, Rome

The conference will be an occasion to highlight the major milestones in the twenty years of activity of the Chapter and set up the basis for future accomplishments in the communications industry and policy. Read more 


Smartphones: Liberation or Limits

As more people, especially the less well off, have only a smartphone to access the internet, there are signs that a new type of digital divide could develop.  Ofcom’s Alison Preston describes new research carried out in the UK.
Alison Preston is head of media literacy research  at Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator.

Full index of 2014-2015 InterMedia articles

InterMedia is a rich resource of articles, reports and interviews and the contents reflect the IIC’s on-going discussion themes.  To make life easier for you, we’ve created an index of all the articles published in 2014 and 2015.


We’d be interested to hear your views on any of these stories so email Keranne Omanga  with any comments and we’ll publish a selection of viewpoints.

Membership Options

We asked members what they find most valuable and useful about their membership of the IIC. This is how they ranked the benefits -

IIC membership allows us to…

1. Keep up to date with trends, issues and what the industry is focusing on
2. Gain unique insights and industry or policy information
3. Meet my counterparts and stakeholders from industry and regulatory bodies
4. Contribute to debates on the public policy agenda and share my organisation's viewpoint
5. Build a network and develop relationships particularly informally with regulators
6. Explore ideas in an independent environment
7. Focus on particular issues or technological developments at workshops
8. Schedule private meetings with contacts at global events
9. Meet lawyers and consultants who could be helpful to our business
10. Build lasting relationships around the world through the regular schedule of events

IIC Sponsorship

IIC Sponsorship is for organisations active in regulation or industry. These members work closely with the IIC, helping to shape the policy agenda, contributing to discussions from which the wider community benefits.

Full Membership

Full membership is for organisations active in the world of telecoms, media and technology and their regulation regardless of size. Members are drawn from regulators, telecoms operators, broadcasters, network providers, OTT players and smaller digital start-ups.

Associate Membership

Associate membership is for firms providing professional services and consultancy to the industry such as lawyers, consultants and analysts. The meetings give specialists in the TMT field the chance to keep up to date with new thinking and new players.


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