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COMPETITIVE IRELAND IN THE DIGITAL ERA

CONCLUSION: CONVERGED LEADERSHIP

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The Digital Sector encompasses a broad array of actors, many of whom would not necessarily have categorised themselves as being primarily associated with information communications technology (ICT). The diversity of this sector draws from the fact that, on the one hand, technologies and media that had previously been separate, such as TV and telephony, are now part of the great technological convergence of formats, and platforms. At the same time, businesses that would not previously have considered themselves to be operating in the technology sector have embraced these converging technologies to produce and deliver their products. For example, consider ESB’s work on smart grids and the pivotal role of digital technologies in making this a reality.

The parties active in the digital sector, diverse though they are, have similar requirements from Government. Chief among these, and a common thrust of all stakeholders’ inputs to the IIEA’s consultation, is the need for leadership and vision, and the successful development of an imaginative national digital strategy for Ireland. This common vision would engage the key stakeholders (including industry stakeholders, broadcasters, government departments, regulators, agencies, bodies, educators, entrepreneurs, researchers), and enable a whole of government approach that avoids duplication, consolidates State resources, and guarantees benefit to all regions of the country as Ireland strives to compete in the new digital era.

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Written by johnnyryan

13/12/2008 at 01:59

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  1. I will have to wrap up so some final comments on next page or two.

    I agree with the first paragraph here, but wonder how much the various parties really believe in a Government-led solution? Yes, some vision at the top would be good, but perhaps we should leave the innovation proper in the working and academic worlds?

    R Almatev

    18/12/2008 at 23:14

  2. I agree with the next for unified vision, and broad collaboration. But given track record, would rather see government and its agents make needed adjustments, arrange laws and incentives, with private sector and third level advice, and then step aside.

    J Doyle

    20/12/2008 at 12:00


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