The Smart Revolution Towards the Sustainable Digital Society
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The Smart Revolution Towards the Sustainable Digital Society

Beyond the Era of Convergence

Edited by Hitoshi Mitomo, Hidenori Fuke and Erik Bohlin

The objective of this book is to present a comprehensive evaluation of the smart revolution, including its social and economic impacts. It proposes a modern framework to help assess how recent Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can contribute to societies as a whole. The authors offer a guide to how advanced network technologies have led to a greater variety of applications and social networking services. These allow people to connect with each other both at a more personal and global level, and will ultimately herald a new era of ICTs that will shape the “digital society".
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Chapter 3: Digital power shift from network to smart devices: how will regulators cope with digital power?

Minoru Sugaya


Digital technologies are core technologies to sustain the development of information and telecommunication (IT) industries. ‘Digital Power’ is economic power developed by digital technologies, and it becomes the source of economic power in the IT industries. In this paper, the impact of ‘Digital Power’ on the telecommunication industries is examined, and then the function of regulator in the smart device age is reconsidered. First, the evolution of the industries is categorised into three period; they are age of network, age of platform and age of smart devices. Secondly, the function of regulators in each period is reexamined. Through this process, the development of government and business relationships is cleared. All telecommunication regulators have been organised in the age of voice telephone and analog broadcasting. In the conclusion, we will discuss how such traditional regulators cope with environmental change or not.

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