Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can improve productivity, help create internationally competitive businesses and represent a key to social and organizational reforms. President Obama used ICTs effectively during his presidential campaign. Now in power, his administration makes aggressive use of the social networking tools (blogs, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter etc.) to develop stimulus policies and other governmental operations. Here, ICTs are not just tools for election campaigns, but for realizing civic participation and transparent policy-making. Also important is the vibrant blogosphere where discussions about the future of media industries and Internet firm business models are influencing corporate strategies. A pattern is emerging where corporate and policy decision-making is shaped by open Internet-based discussions. Japan has advanced broadband infrastructure and excellent entertainment services. However, comparable progress in reforming business and society is lacking, a problem the Democratic Party of Japan seems keen to address. Our experts explore the evolving role of ICTs in reforming politics, business and society in U.S. and Japan.
Joshua Fouts, Chief Global Strategist, Dancing Ink Productions