This piece looks ahead to what we might expect as IT law developments in 2015.
Termed ‘the 3rd platform’, the convergence of data, cloud, social and mobile is “transforming not just the technology industry, but every industry on the planet”3 and will continue to be the motor for global IT growth in 2015. This is estimated at 3.8% but with little or no growth in older technologies. Skewed in product terms towards 3rd platform growth it will stand at 13%. In geographical terms China will account for 43% of global ICT industry growth in 2015 and one third of all smartphone purchases and online shoppers, benefiting the Big 3 Chinese internet and e-commerce companies, Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent.