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A Communications Cornucopia: Markle Foundation Essays on Information Policy
     

A Communications Cornucopia: Markle Foundation Essays on Information Policy

by Roger G. Noll (Editor)
 

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Rapid progress in information technologies has produced an ever-broadening array of choices in information products. At the same time, it has caused historically segmented industries, such as television, telephones, computers, and print media, to converge and compete. The result is a cornucopia of products and potential in communications along with enormous strain

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Rapid progress in information technologies has produced an ever-broadening array of choices in information products. At the same time, it has caused historically segmented industries, such as television, telephones, computers, and print media, to converge and compete. The result is a cornucopia of products and potential in communications along with enormous strain on the governmental institutions that use and regulate information technology. The essays in this book provide a broad look at the many ways that information technology relates to issues of governance and public policy. Adjusting regulatory instititions to the new technical realities is a great challenge. Will monopoly power threaten the traditionally regulated areas of telephones and cable television or the software systems that integrate all information technologies into a single system with many competing players? Can traditional approaches to intellectual property rights and control of socially harmful content be applied to the converged information sector? This book sheds light on these issues, and in so doing demonstrates the usefulness of rigorous, multidisciplinary policy analysis in assessing the significance of changing technology.

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Provides a broad look at the ways in which information technology relates to issues of governance and public policy. Sections cover major themes in contemporary communications policymaking, including media and democracy, media and children, and communications policy. Specific subjects include television and the transformation of Russia, media content labeling systems, global communication policy and the realization of human rights, the evolving politics of telecommunications regulation, and electronic substitution in the household-level demand for postal delivery services. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815761150
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
04/30/1998
Pages:
674
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Roger G. Noll is professor of economics at Stanford University and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Monroe E. Price is professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Wolfson College, Oxford University.

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