Digital Economy - E-Security, E-Governance and Net Neutrality Insights


Underlying all of the advancements in online digital services is the need for adequate infrastructure that is well governed and secure. This is particularly important when considering e-social services such as e-health; e-education and e-government. The growth of e-commerce and m-commerce also relies upon on these elements. A key issue in relation to the governance of the internet relates to the many political, social and cultural differences between countries. This is one of the most contentious issues.

This report examines the growing importance of e-security and Internet governance and discusses how the world must work together to solve these issues.

Latest developments:

Among the hottest topics are the issues in relation to the security of the various aspects of the digital economy; Analysts predict that spending on e-security and mobile security will sharply rise and will remain a priority; Issues surrounding security and governance are already of concern for emerging sectors like e-health; e-commerce; e-education and e-government.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. E-security and e-governance
    • 2.1 Infrastructure issues
    • 2.2 The governance of the internet
    • 2.3 We cannot start from scratch
    • 2.4 Collaboration is the only option
    • 2.5 Call for action
  • 3. Net neutrality
    • 3.1 Commercial expansion of the Internet
    • 3.2 Network neutrality – a global issue
      • 3.2.1 Broadband is a general purpose technology
    • 3.3 Carriers in competition with content providers
    • 3.4 Network neutrality and non-discrimination
    • 3.5 No-one owns the Internet
  • 4. Cybercrime
    • 4.1 Child protection a priority
    • 4.2 E-health security
      • 4.2.1 E-health accountability and transparency
    • 4.3 E-commerce security
  • 5. Recent security developments
    • 5.1 Internet companies in China show interest
    • 5.2 Security an issue for social media
    • 5.3 E-security spending
  • 6. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Worldwide IT security spending – 2011; 2012; 2016
  • Exhibit 1 – Implications of ending net neutrality
  • Exhibit 2 – Norway a leader in net neutrality
  • Exhibit 3 – Netherlands adopts net neutrality legislation

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Number of pages 11

Status Archived

Last updated 26 Feb 2013
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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