Technological regulations on an orient mindset only leads to new problems
I will be giving a speech in London for Content Delivery World in november. While working on choosing the topic, one of the things that came to mind was the differences between developing and already developed countries whilst creating the regulations.
Of course, the reason of those differences are diverse perspectives. I’m sure CEO’s of developing countries are going though these differences, however, I’m not really sure if they analyse the situation and create awareness to submerge it into the corporal structure afterwards, or sweep it under the carpet.
We feel these differences especially on technology sector. For instance, when it comes to copyrights, we automatically think about illegal movie distribution and viewing on the east. The law on this subject is clear enough to not leave any room for any commentary. However, the illegal use is still pretty common in daily life. In this case, it seems easier to just ignore the situation rather than creating a solution. Only in the west, problem is solved firstly by pay tv’s and then the humanitarian approach of europe commission. After a while, the distance between two different viewpoints gets bigger. For instance, a website called hitspor in Turkey puts up a video of a football match with their own commentary without any copyright infringement, and they are still faced with an access denial. At the same time, Europe commission bends the copyright regulations to a point that the subscriber can access to the content they paid for regardless of the country they reside in.
For that matter, with a recent regulation, it was decided that the jailbroken(Jailbreak — way of a software restriction removal) devices would not be out of warranty or insurance.
We can also see the differences of viewpoints on two different high courts working on the same subject. While Europe comission came to the conclusion of child content to be seperated from adult content on the OTT TV regulation, the same subject ended up reaching the odd conclusion of a license request from Turkey for any kind of news material that includes Turkey.
I came across a news that recently a competition authority has fined Apple and Samsung for deliberately slowing down devices for a substantial amount. Since it was against the theory I have mentioned until now, I was curious to read on. I found out that the mentioned competition authority belonged to Italy government.
I know that they have reproaches on the aforementioned companies in their developing country. However, the point of origin is mostly the viewpoint of taxes not being paid to the government. And this is way far-off the humanitarian viewpoint.
In my conferences, I prefer to link the digital transformation to a difference of viewpoint, the humanitarian approach rather than the technological advances. This strategy is valid for not only the companies, but also for any structure that wishes to realize their digital transformation. In other words, when it comes to digital transformation, we need to shift the whole paradigm of the structure to a humanitarian viewpoint before giving everyone new numbers, computers, managing paperless documents and ERP’s. This is valid for not just management and marketing but also HR, sales and even IT.
This digital transformation is valid for not just companies, but also governmental organizations, NGO’s and even government themselves.
As long as this strategic paradigm shift is not applied, everything from the investments to regulations and legislations will turn useless, and this will also lead to bigger problems. I believe the stepping stone for the developing countries for the next ten years will be this change of viewpoint.