Thursday, October 25, 2012

Adapt and Adopt: Governments’ Role in Internet Policy

Dean, David, et al. "Adapt and Adopt: Governments’ Role in Internet Policy." Boston Consulting Group Perspectives, October 23, 2012. 

From the report: "As The Boston Consulting Group’s latest update to the BCG e-Intensity Index indicates, the gap between the world’s Internet leaders and laggards is widening. Governments of countries that are at the top of the e-Intensity Index rankings—or are rapidly moving up—encourage Internet use among consumers, businesses, and within government itself, because they recognize that it can be a powerful edge in the competitive global economy. Countries further down the list in many cases have failed to implement effective policies that encourage widespread adoption and use. These countries risk falling further behind if they do not act.

Back in 1997, the White House also put forth five principles that described how governments should approach Internet policy. The first and most important was that “the private sector should lead.” This has been borne out by time. The Internet has enjoyed widespread adoption in countries with vibrant private sectors that allow the inventions of Apple, Google, Orkut, Rakuten, Spotify, and their kin to thrive.

But if we examine the e-Intensity Index leaders, a more complex—and interesting—story emerges." Read more