Policy/Mobility update March 2013 – interesting things I am tracking


Over the last few episodes, I have been crystallizing the approach for this monthly report.

We have now a clear focus on the ‘Mobile first’ strategy – which aligns well with both my Oxford University course I teach and the forumoxford network that I moderate – which brings a community perspective.

As usual, we track these trends from a mobility, Digital policy, innovation and disruption perspective.

Mobility and Mobile first

Since its 40 years on April 3 when the first mobile call was made –  and we live in a Mobile first world, its appropriate to use the image of the first phone (source ITV)

We explore mobility from four perspectives – The status quo, Change in behaviour, Structural changes in the industry and Trends for future disruption

Status Quo

Change in Behaviour

Structural changes in the industry

The industry continues to change in fundamental ways ..

Trends for future disruption

Content and media

  • First, a story which shows why the newspaper industry is in trouble – Experts are created in many different ways – This Guy Became An Expert On Syrian Arms Trafficking, Just By Watching YouTube http://feedly.com/k/15SgUAM
  • ProPublica also continues to redfine the Journalism Industry http://feedly.com/k/ZZPic8
  • There was a debate on a second hand market for Digital goods – Will We Get a Second-Hand Market for Digital Goods? http://feedly.com/k/109gLY5   and turns out that MP3s can’t be resold online, says appeals court http://feedly.com/k/XT8BkT
  • Innovation in the TV industry comes from many different angles – The Second ScreenIndustry Is Set To Explode” http://feedly.com/k/14sPfu5 , Spotify Plans To Take On Netflix And HBO With Streaming Video Service http://feedly.com/k/YA14dO and Boxee TV gets DLNA, 3-D streaming and more http://feedly.com/k/ZXf3K0
  • But still, because access models lower content costs – Record labels are fighting Pandora, Spotify and others http://feedly.com/k/10nuDO5  and the Love hate relationship between eBooks and libraries continues – Penguin is proud to make all of our eBooks available to library patrons http://feedly.com/k/YVTpmi


The Web

I am biased towards the Web but the Web is important for a simple reason – it tends to interoperability and hence critical mass. Ultimately, the Web always wins and even when it appears that the Web is not, it ultimately tends to make a closed system into a platform (i.e. innovation shifts to the next higher level). So, the Web is critical for innovation


Regulation is always interesting from a Policy standpoint .. and is always an ongoing conversation ..


Developments getting a lot of attention

Some developments made a large impact on the Web ..



I have always tracked disruption – and many interesting developments this month ..



And lots more innovation ..