Canada needs a coherent and holistic approach to creating a national digital strategy: Nordicity
Must be backed by government at highest levels
"Without a national digital strategy, there will be no overall vision to guide such a social and economic transformation in the interest of all Canadians," says
According to the issues discussion paper, Towards a National Digital Strategy, a unified vision of Canada's digital future is crucial. To make sure the debate is not fragmented, policymakers will need to shift their perception to a more constructive, collaborative and holistic one. Otherwise, solutions will continue to be piecemeal, and decisions will continue to be reactive and narrowly defined.
The paper attempts to sort out the different issues, and identify what a national digital strategy should address. The paper groups the relevant issues in three parts:
1. An overarching societal need for digital literacy and skills in the modern world. 2. The need for a transformation of our support for the creation and distribution of cultural content. 3. The need for appropriate investment in our broadband and communications infrastructure to provide Canadians access to broadband services.
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In order for this process to be effective it must be backed at the political level and by senior officials with clearly delineated tasks assigned to various departments and agencies. "There have already been significant calls to action from key policy players and further delay on this process will only lead to continued fractional efforts that address limited areas of concern," comments Lyman.
Nordicity is a leading international consulting firm specializing in strategy and policy development for the creative, telecom and technology industries. Nordicity is a powerful analytical engine, with expertise in policy, regulatory and economic analysis; business strategy and planning; financial forecasting; and market assessments. Because of Nordicity's international presence, it has become widely recognized for its ability to translate market developments and best practices from one market to another.
Nordicity was founded in 1979, acquired by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 1997, and re-launched in 2002, coincident with the acquisition of PwC's consulting practice by IBM. Today, Nordicity has offices