Journal of Digital Media & Policy (formerly JDTV)

Journal of Digital Media & Policy (formerly known as International Journal of Digital Television) aims to analyse and explain the socio-cultural, political, economic and technological questions surrounding digital media and address the policy issues facing regulators globally. Digitalization, together with the trends towards globalization, deregulation, technological convergence and the rise of the Internet, has enabled media industries, media services and companies to evolve. Online networks are exploring new business models for producing news and entertainment, thereby enhancing consumer choice. Digital media allow people to promote, create, distribute and share experiences with audiences online and create opportunities for innovation through, for example, the establishment of new revenue streams.

Meanwhile, many traditional media, such as public service broadcasting, are impacted. Critics argue that in a free, global market system there is concentration of power and information asymmetry, while public service content is scarce. The above developments create important challenges for policy-makers and regulators across the globe. How can sustainability be maintained in relation to media openness, transparency, accessibility and the re-composition of media power? Is intervention by government policy needed to address these concerns in the converged digital era? The size and internet presence of tech giants Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon has enabled innovation, but brought issues of piracy and abuse of copyright to public attention. Should policy-makers tame these large multinational conglomerates and, if so, how?


This double-blind- peer-reviewed journal brings together and shares the work of academics, policy-makers and practitioners, offering lessons from one another’s experience. Content is broad and varied, ranging from a mixture of critical work on technology, industry and regulatory convergence, to the emerging wider socio-cultural and political questions such as the application of online networks, the rise of cloud computing and the Internet of Things. We intend to examine critically emerging wider questions such as the role of ‘digital citizens’, the regulatory environment for the new platform industry and the role of state regulation in an increasingly global media industry. The journal is rooted in a belief in the socio-cultural, political and economic importance of digital media and will conceive it as a platform for international and interdisciplinary approaches that open up new avenues for theoretically driven works that occasionally draw on scholarship, adapting case studies and comparative analysis.


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