10 October 2014
Monday, 17 November 2014
This document is an interim consultation within Ofcom’s current Business Connectivity Market Review (BCMR). The BCMR looks at competition in the supply of leased lines, which Ofcom have historically defined as dedicated and symmetric fixed line connections purchased by businesses.
Network neutrality has been used to describe a number of contentious issues from a commercial, legal, security and operational viewpoint. Generally speaking, it has been taken to mean that any choice of communications service or information technology component does not reduce other choices available to the user for different services or components, and that each choice is treated neutrally by other elements in the end-to-end service continuum. This includes all devices, services, management tools, content and applications, and the sender or receiver IP address.
The opening up of government, corporate and private data as massive online data sources is of great potential value, from apps that show us crime hot spots to databases that enable diseases to be understood and cured and victims of disasters to be located. However, alongside the benefits, there is also the threat of abuses, such as the creation of an infrastructure of permanent surveillance, the discovery of the whereabouts of victims, disclosure of socially stigmatising diseases or conditions or the use of Big Data by fraudsters for targeting victims.
BCS understands IT is a key enabler of the digital economy, which describes the exchange of information, goods and services through an information technology platform. The digital economy exists within an international framework of extant commercial and intellectual property (IP) laws and regulation, which often struggle to keep pace with technology change. BCS seeks to ensure everyone benefits from IT and we work to promote wider social and economic progress through the advancement of information technology. In order to achieve these objectives, we recognise the need for a digitally-optimised IP system that is fit for the digital economy.
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, seeks to ensure everyone benefits from IT. We promote wider social and economic progress through the advancement of information technology. One of our core values is to advance the role of IT in bettering society, the economy, business and education. We recognise that for these aims and objectives to be achieved, we need to ensure that every citizen has the opportunity to use IT safely and effectively for their own, and society’s benefit. We need to allay fears, promote ways to remain ‘safe online’ and thus encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity.
Internet of Things