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January 30, 2009

Digital Britain - the future isn't open apparently

The Digital Britain Interim Report was released yesterday:

a plan to secure Britain’s place at the forefront of the global digital economy. The interim report contains more than 20 recommendations, including specific proposals on:

  • next generation networks
  • universal access to broadband
  • the creation of a second public service provider of scale
  • the modernisation of wireless radio spectrum holdings
  • a digital future for radio
  • a new deal for digital content rights
  • enhancing the digital delivery of public services

I haven't read the full report, much of which is about greater roll-out of broadband connectivity, but I have taken a look through section 3, entitled Digital Content [PDF], which is the part that interests me most.

Here's a Wordle of just that section:


And a few word counts:

  • open (1) (but not in the context of 'open content')
  • unlawful (12)
  • rights / rightsholders (37)
  • copyright (15)

I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions.... suffice to say, I would have preferred to see at least some discussion about the benefits that open digital content can bring to the economy.


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