In April 2014, Caribou Digital and Vital Wave hosted a one-day symposium on Digital Economies at the EmPac Centre at University of California, San Diego. This symposium convened world-leading experts from the industry and non-profit space in a roundtable to discuss a wide range of issues about the opportunities and barriers to building digital economies in emerging markets.
Caribou Digital and Vital Wave authored this white paper to synthesize this discussion and further explore the concept of a Digital Economy with the aim of sharing valuable insights, and spurring discussion and action. The paper discusses the barriers, and presents the benefits and opportunities of a Digital Economy. Chief among the benefits are higher employment, better incomes, and greater entrepreneurship. The paper concludes with guidance and questions for governments, corporations, and local business leaders on how to foster a Digital Economy.
You can download the white paper here.
We are looking to hold these invite-only symposia every six months or so, and we held the second symposium in December 2014 at MIT Legatum. This time we looked at issues around local access and content, and we’re writing this up at the moment and will post the white paper soon.