An overview of regulatory approaches to ICTs in Asia and thoughts on best practices for the future
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Rajesh Sreenivasan and Abhishek Singh
This chapter has two objectives. First, it provides an overview of the themes evident in the regulatory approaches taken toward information and communication technology (ICT) policy in various Asian jurisdictions. In doing so, the chapter draws on the chapters on individual economies published in this edition of the Digital Review of Asia Pacific. Second, it conducts an in-depth analysis of policy approaches to four areas of growing importance in the digital realm.
In the first part of the chapter, we juxtapose the regulatory approaches in developed and developing Asian jurisdictions. In the second part, we take a more in-depth look at e-government services, the role of ICT policy in improving access to education, the growth of open source software in the region, and the growth of localized and indigenous digital content and its regulation. We focus on the best practices that regulators might consider adopting in regard to these four areas that we view as pillars of ICT policy in a number of jurisdictions in Asia.