Market Opportunities in the Global Information and Communications Markets
A Background Paper for the Aspen Institute International Digital Economy Accords (IDEA) Project
This paper explores the market access opportunities and challenges that intertwine the IDEA goals of promoting the “freedom to innovate” and the “freedom of privacy and property protection”. As spelled out in the “Framework Paper” for the Aspen IDEA Project, we assume that the global information and communication technology (ICT) market is at an inflection point. Technological trends in modularity (easier mixing and matching of specialized inputs due to common interfaces), the continuing “cheap revolution” in ICT building blocks (such as processing, storage and software), broadband, and convergence are slowing old growth opportunities and opening new ones while creating a new, more competitive market dynamic.