Vox Populi - 5 Questions about digital media policy throughout the world

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We’re living now in the Digital Era. Please tell us your opinion about the the following 5 keywords or how is the present situation of these subjects in your country. Click here.

世界はデジタル化してきました。 5つのテーマについて、あなたの国の状況や、あなたの考えを教えてください。

  1. Your name (nickname OK) and country / お名前と国
  2. Media regulation / メディア規制、統制
  3. Copyright / 著作権、版権
  4. Children / こどもへの影響、ネット安全
  5. Social Media / ソーシャルメディア(ブログ、YouTube、、、)
  6. Mass communication / マスコミ(TV、ラジオ、新聞、雑誌、、、)の将来

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Comments by Prof. Ichiya Nakamura, Keio University, Head of KMD Policy Dept.

Media regulation
Total structure should be changed from vertical one of telecommunication and broadcaster to horizontal one of content and network. Through the change, drastic deregulation of frequency policy should be achieved.

Copyright doesn't matter. Development of business and technology matters.

Digital is for children. Digital brings one poison but one thousand fruits. Let them eat fruits first.

Social Media
They can change our society, industry, culture, and reality.

Mass comunication
The future of cars depends on how much they introduce and digest IT into their body. It is the same with mass communication.

I'm Marcos, from Brazil but living in Japan.

Media regulation
Needed, but very very light.Stricty policies won't solve all problems.

If it's too complicated, audience won't be able to follow their idols. In Brazil, we have very stricty copyright laws, but good examples of open culture. In Japan, it's becoming a nightmare.

Filtering is very important, but the real point is educate them, teach them what is good and what is bad in the internet.

Social Media
Is making the world smaller and more expressive.
In Japan, it helps communication. In Brazil, it promotes creativity.

Mass comunication
I think they will survive. But only if they deal with the web. Brazil has very good digital medias who are exploring a lot of possibilities such as video, audio, text all in the same place. In Japan, it seems the internet is seen only as a advertising channel.


I'm Ruri, native Japanese and living in Japan.

  1. Media regulation I hope there will be a globally effective rule provided in a valid way with the rights of "free". I don't like strict regulation by a government. I think that the strict regulation by a government for a internal nations will be meaningless in the globally connected Network.

  2. Copyright
    In Japan, we don't take any education about Copyright, it seems to me a "technical term", but my words to write, my picture, my activity has copyright. I think education for everyone is important. Then we will realize how to operate it.
  3. Children
    Don't spoil, kill their curiosity. They can learn, they can think a lot only through their experiences.
  4. Social Media
    finally we can discovery the world by myself.
  5. Mass communication
    mixture will make a big changes to the Mass communication, they should go even if it will hurt them at the first stage.

    Your name (nickname OK) and country / お名前と国

    Fred Baker, California, USA

    Media regulation / メディア規制、統制

    FCC has resisted regulating the Internet. As an advisor to the FCC a few years ago, I supported them in that viewpoint.

    This is a double-edged sword; the Net Neutrality discussion started in part by some unregulated ISPs doing things they shouldn't. Had they been common carriers in the sense that a US telephone company is, they would not have been permitted to do that. On the other hand, common carrier status would have had a number of other issues.

    Also, there is some regulation that has been imposed since then, for Lawful Intercept.

    I prefer that the Internet be as unregulated as we can arrange.

    Copyright / 著作権、版権

    Copyright is a good thing for the owner of some content; it enables the owner to preserve his or her rights. If I told you that it violated my sensibilities for you to exercise the rights of an owner over your home or your car, you would be offended; I understand why people want to control the products of their creativity.

    That said, abusive pricing of copyrighted materials results in me not using them, and that I think hurts the owner of that IPR more than it hurts me.

    Children / こどもへの影響、ネット安全


    Need I say more?

    Social Media / ソーシャルメディア(ブログ、YouTube、、、)

    By which you mean applications like Facebook? They are a fun way to keep track of my friends around the world and let them know what I'm up to.

    Mass communication / マスコミ(TV、ラジオ、新聞、雑誌、、、)の将来
    If it's email, I'd rather it wasn't. But the ability to share what I want is very important.

    Name and Country: Kenji Rikitake, Tokyo / Osaka, Japan

    Media regulation: it has become a battlefield between pre-Internet and post-Internet generations. The policymakers now are dominated by those who rarely use the Internet, and this should be changed ASAP. Technological foundation of the media regulation in Japan is also very weak.

    Copyright: the recent EU proposal to extend copyright years again to NINETY-FIVE years after the death of the creator is way too long and will severely harm the public and should not be legalized. While I respect the advantage and social customs of content creators, they years of protection should be MUCH SHORTER; I think TEN years is even quite long in many cases.

    Children: using filtering as an excuse will do no good for the younger generations. Parents and older generations have to commit more to protect our children.

    Social media: it has helped removing the borders and uniting those who would have never seen themselves before. The problem is, however, that many Japanese people have already been severely addicted to the blogs and online exchanges and losing the chance to contact the other worlds. I think we need a psychotherapeutic support.

    Mass communication: in Japan, mass communication companies, especially TV staions and newspaper companies, are political powers, rather than the media themselves. Their questionable activities and policies towards criticisms against them have been major issues among Japanese Internet activists. I've already stopped subscribing newspapers, and the societal support for those mass media is rapidly eroding. If those companies want to survive, they need to do something else from which can be substituted by the current Internet services.

    1. Your name (nickname OK) and country / お名前と国

    Kenji Saito (a.k.a. ks91), Japan.
    # I am commenting from Finland, by the way.

    2. Media regulation / メディア規制、統制

    Regulation of media is the regulation of reality.

    3. Copyright / 著作権、版権

    Income just by owning something or some rights is one of the biggest sources of problems in the world.

    4. Children / こどもへの影響、ネット安全

    Children should spend wild lives, even on the net.

    5. Social Media / ソーシャルメディア(ブログ、YouTube、、、)

    Media form reality, and social interaction is a reality embedded in our minds.

    6. Mass communication / マスコミ(TV、ラジオ、新聞、雑誌、、、)の将来

    Mass communication is not an objective. It is a compromise.

    1.Internet saMurai, JAPAN
    2. Media regulation

    In Japan, there are two serious issues on this subject.

    A. any media regulations are talking about regulations of a nation space.
    digital communication space is a global one.
    Now, we do not have the right policy or consensus to manage those two different spaces. Create one.

    B. regulation for media (now in digital). who's role in Japan?
    ministry of X? ministry of Y? ministry of Z? they all care about it. since they believe they are enemies each other and at war all the time by nature, they do not have time to care about the people at all.
    thus, media regulation never work good for the people if we let them do the work. Help them to do the right things.

    3. Copyright

    the market should support the best possible way to respect intellectual properties. The market evolves rapidly with new technologies.
    Only way is to keep creating a new market system updated with the new technology is to challenge a new system with a lot of feedbacks. Try new market. Work for intellectual properties not for lawyers.

    4. Children

    Make children clever, strong and creative enough to develop a new media space. Do not take freedom away from the kids, do not take away any possible chances from them. They need to keep growing. Believe them.

    5. Social Media

    sophisticated media to support any of the communities and activities should be created. Make them and get new set of people involved.

    6. Mass communication

    Too much historical things for mass media in Japan. From point views of nation/global, language, scale etc. this part of Japan need to be redesigned. Fix it.

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