It is getting close to the point where identifying the digital economy as a special part of the economy is rather silly. As the whole economy is becoming connected it is becoming digital in the sense that it is digitally connected.
Here is a short presentation that I gave to the Australian Computer Society at their May 2010 Digital Economy conference.
Tim Berners-Lee sees the important thing about the future development of the Web is how people and computers can work together on a Web scale. This video of Tim's presentation at Davos in 2010 is only 5 minutes long and is well worth watching.
One of the most critical issues facing the digital economy is to build an economic system that is sustainable. The logical consequence of making everything free is that there are no revenue streams to pay for the creation of the means to live. Google wants and in fact needs free or very low cost content that people want to view so that Google can place ads that are not free along side the presentation of the desired content. Here are some embedded videos of various opinions that explore this topic. I hope they stimulate you to think about this important policy area.
The Internet has brought our copyright laws into question. I have tried to summarise the issues in one of my Blogs which you can read here. My thinking has been heavily influenced by three books Free Culture and Remix by Lawrence Lessig and Free The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson. Many of these issues are brilliantly presented in the first 4 minute extracted video and the more detailed second video of Lawrence Lessig below. You can see the complete 1 hour and 40 minute presentation here.
Remix by Lawrence Lessig.