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Conference of the Paties to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

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Conference of the Paties to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions Since the adoption of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (hereinafter referred to as “the Convention”), the digital environment and related technologies have transformed the way in which cultural goods and services are created, produced, distributed and consumed. The arrival of a new generation of connected multimedia devices such as smartphones, tablets and e-readers, the design of new trade models for the distribution of cultural content and the emergence of new online business models represent some of the challenges for public policies addressing the cultural industries. At the same time, not everyone has the necessary infrastructure (e.g. the lack of devices or low or no connectivity), artists do not always have the technical knowledge required, and the impact of new trade agreements on cultural industries in the digital environment will take time to measure. Lastly, the lack of concrete data to determine whether digital tec
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