Cyber Policy and Economics in an Internet Age

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William Lehr, Lorenzo M. Pupillo
Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 1, 2002 - Business & Economics - 274 pages
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As the Internet has more and more influence on our economic, social, and private lives, regulating its development poses complex and increasingly urgent challenges. The collapse of traditional boundaries between nations, industries, and private versus public sectors in cyberspace has vast political, economic, and cultural implications. What must we take into account to promote Internet-aware national and international policies that stimulate the Internet's potential to enrich human life, without jeopardizing hard-earned offline rights, freedoms, and security? This book offers a collection of essays. It provides an accessible introduction to critical issues that policymakers, business people, and the public will need to confront in coming years: universal access, appropriate content (pornography, free speech, cultural values), Internet broadcasting, intellectual property, Internet taxation, consumer protection, privacy, fair E-business competition, regulation of the Internet infrastructure, and more.
  

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Contents

Living in an Internet Age
3
The Policy Challenge
17
The Three Digital Divides
19
The Next Generation Internet Where Technologies Converge and Policies Collide
27
Broadcasting Policy Hits the Internet
43
Globalization and the Internet Challenge
61
The Internet Governance Challenge
71
Names Numbers and Global Governance
73
Economic Aspects of Personal Privacy
127
Cybercrimes v Cyberliberties
139
The Economics Challenge
155
Implications of Electronic Commerce for Fiscal Policy
157
P2P Digital Commodities and the Governance of Commerce
169
Spectrum Allocation and the Internet
197
Editors and Contributors
219
Notes
229

Intellectual Property and the Information Economy
95
The Privacy Challenge
113
Protecting Privacy The Canadian Experience
115

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