Communications Policy and Information Technology: Promises, Problems, Prospects

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Lorrie Faith Cranor, Shane M. Greenstein
MIT Press, Jan 1, 2002 - Computers - 415 pages
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New technologies, although developed with optimism, often fall short of their predicted potential and create new problems. Communications technologies are no different. Their utopian proponents claim that universal access to advanced communications technologies can help to feed the hungry, cure the sick, educate the illiterate, improve the global standard of living, and ultimately bring about world peace. The sobering reality is that while communications technologies have a role to play in making the world a better place, the impact of any specific technological advance is likely to be modest.The limitations of new technologies are often not inherent in the technologies themselves but the result of regulatory or economic constraints. While the capability may exist to deliver any information anywhere in the world, many people lack the money to pay for it, the equipment to access it, the skills to use it, or even the knowledge that it might be useful to them. This book examines the complex ways in which communication technologies and policies affect the people whose lives they are intended to improve. The areas of discussion include Internet regulation, electronic voting and petitioning, monopoly and competition in communications markets, the future of wireless communications, and the concept of universal service.

  

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Contents

Jonathan Weinberg
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The Collision of Telephony and DNS Policy
25
On Target? The Shifting Standards for Determining Internet
65
Security Considerations for Remote Electronic Voting over
105
Possibilities Problems
119
Efficient Choice Inefficient Democracy? The Implications
143
Ownership Concentration and Product Variety in Daily
235
802 11 versus 3G?
255
Property Rights Flexible Spectrum Use and Satellite v Terrestrial
277
How GeoPolicy Barriers Construct
299
Findings from
317
Affordability
347
The U S and E U Policies
383
Index
401
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Lorrie Faith Cranor is a Principal Technical Staff Member in the Secure Systems Research Department at AT&T Labs-Research.

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