I present a discussion as part of Manitoba Modern Economics, Technology and the Environment on the Internet and today’s society. This is the first part in a two-part series on new media. The second report will deal with the video games and how to make Manitoba into a video game/new media entertainment industry hub in Canada.
This report deals with the impacts the Internet has had on society, namely Web 2.0. This report supports the idea that a free, and neutral web as allowed for the explosive growth of User Generated Content, and interactivity among people.
On the negative side, The report also discusses some concerns with some industries and culture groups who argue that the Internet is threatening revenue streams (news paper industry) and national identity (acting and arts professionals).
The report recommends that to keep the Internet neutral and at the same time allow new opportunities in business and culture, governments should do the following
– Invest in broadband infrastructure.
– Upgrade 3G network development.
– Not allow telecommunication companies to start charging per website or in packages to see websites.
– No government funds for creating on-line/new media content but instead;
– Tax credits that give incentives to on-line content producers in Canada to create high quality content.
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