Digital communication is the use of digital technology to communicate and receive information through the use or display of visual or audio representations of content.
Digital communication encompasses both electronic and digital media, including video and audio.
In the digital age, digital media are increasingly used for social, business, and government communication and are considered to be a significant source of economic growth and innovation.
It is important to consider the types of digital media and the content they display, including the content types and formats.
The digital media industry encompasses an estimated $3.4 trillion in annual sales, including $2.4 quadrillion in revenue, and $2 trillion in net sales.1 Digital media are defined as any information, data, software, or service that is created and communicated using a digital medium.2 The term “digital media” encompasses digital content (i.e., digital images, video, music, software) as well as content created and transmitted using an analogue medium, such as analog tape or cassette.3 Digital media includes computer software and applications that can be downloaded from the internet, such a word processing software, a web browser, and other applications.4 Digital media also includes media stored on electronic devices, such digital video cassettes and hard drives.5 Digital media is also commonly referred to as “content delivery networks.”6 This definition is based on the term “content distribution network,” which is an organization that provides information or service, such an internet service provider, through a distribution network to subscribers or customers of the network.7 The term is also sometimes referred to simply as “digital content,” although the term does not apply to content created or transmitted using digital media.8 The term digital media refers to the physical or digital media that is used to transmit information or content.9 Digital media can be purchased in physical stores, as well.10 The term also includes the physical media, such physical media that can physically be stored and accessed, such video cassette and hard drive media.11 Digital media does not necessarily mean digital images and video.12 The term refers to content that can or is designed to be used in electronic, computer, or other digital mediums such as video, audio, or images.13 Digital media may include, but are not limited to, digital audio, video and images.14 Digital media often refers to physical media.15 Digital media refers not to digital images but to the information and data associated with physical media and includes any tangible or intangible property that is associated with such media.16 Digital media, as used in this definition, includes, but is not limited of, digital content created for, and used in, electronic media, computer software, and applications.17 Digital media cannot be viewed, listened to, or downloaded, and can be used only by the user.18 Digital media has been defined as the physical medium through which information and information information that is not physical is communicated.19 The term does have a connotation of digital content, such content being information or information products.20 Digital media have a long history and are constantly evolving.21 As digital media evolve, so do the rules and practices that govern the digital media sector.22 The digital communications industry has been experiencing a major shift in the digital communications market over the past few years.23 Many of the rules that have existed for the digital communication industry for a long time are being phased out or replaced by the new digital media rules.24 As the digital marketplace evolves, so too do the digital rules and regulations that govern it.25Digital media and digital content are also often used in connection with criminal justice systems.26 There are a variety of legal theories used in criminal prosecutions to justify the use and possession of digital communications and information, including wiretapping and computer intrusion.27 The use of technology to access information, such surveillance, is not new, and digital technologies have been used by law enforcement and law enforcement agencies in the past.28 The use and retention of digital communication and information has long been associated with criminal investigations.29 While the use for criminal investigations has always been a criminal matter, the digital technology has now been expanded to include digital communications.30 The term has also been used to refer to other types of criminal offenses, such crimes related to cybercrimes, cyber fraud, and money laundering.31 The definition of digital, digital communication includes all electronic communications and all forms of digital data.32 Digital media and content are often used to identify individuals.33 It is often assumed that all digital communications are stored on the internet.34 It is generally believed that all information is stored on physical media or digital devices.35 It is not true that all electronic content is stored in physical media because some of it may be digitally stored.36 Digital content is also often referred to by different names for different purposes.37 For example, a word processor is considered to include all words, even if the words are stored in a different device.38 It is also not true, as the digital industry has evolved