Forecast and Review: Bruised economy, digital rights will top 2003

Matthew A. DeBellis

Serdar Yegulalp says the economy once again will be the hot topic next year. Hard to argue with that. New Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission William Donaldson and

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new Treasury Secretary John Snow have difficult jobs ahead. What were the big issues of this past year?

Serdar Yegulalp: The big slump in technology sales has hurt a lot of people -- not just little people but big companies. This has left a lingering bad taste in the mouths of lots of customer. Even with the economy slowly regaining steam, many companies are fighting to keep the same levels of sales. The bad economy was a big issue, even if it wasn't due to any one technical thing. What will be big issues next year?

Serdar Yegulalp: Digital rights management. Not a good issue, but it will become important because more and more companies will try to leverage digital rights management on people who may not want it. What will be the hot technology of 2003?

Serdar Yegulalp: Digital rights management, again.

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