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Mobile apps—emerging issues

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The rise of mobile apps is one of the most significant developments in media and communications over the past five years. The number of adult consumers with smartphones who downloaded apps increased by 85 per cent from 2.41 million in June 2011 to 4.45 million in June 2012.

Apps are at the heart of a revolution that has transformed the mobile telephone from a voice- and text-based platform to a single device that can access a diverse range of content, merging previously distinct industry sectors like computing, publishing and financial services with traditional communications and media.

 Mobile apps, Emerging issues in media and communications, Occasional paper 1 draws on research findings to discuss the impact on industry, consumers and citizens of tensions inherent in the current regulation of mobile apps. Assessing these tensions informs the ACMA’s consideration of regulatory strategies to engage constructively with the developing networked society and information economy. In this paper, the ACMA suggests that consumers using apps would best be protected by a single coherent regulatory framework.

media release was issued with this paper on 30 May 2013.

The other papers in the series are:

The cloud: services, computing and digital data, Emerging issues in media and communications, Occasional paper 3 (Word | PDF)

Near field communications, Emerging issues in media and communications, Occasional paper 2 (WordPDF).

Privacy and personal data, Emerging issues in media and communications, Occasional paper 4 (Word | PDF).

Last updated: 21 October 2013

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