National Information Infrastructure Initiatives / Edition 1

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Despite the global nature of the Information Revolution, most policies for information infrastructure are developed at the national level. These national policies reflect local economic, social, historical, and political circumstances and exhibit remarkable differences in vision, policy design, and implementation strategy. In general, they reflect the reality that private sector will play the leading role in developing the new infrastructure.National Information Infrastructure Initiatives includes a dozen case studies analyzing how national-level policy initiatives address the challenge of information technology,interactive content, and new applications, as well as the "information superhighway." These contributions examine the interplay of issues in different sectors, including telecommunications, broadcasting, publishing, and information technology. The national cases are supplemented with studies of regional and international initiatives that push and pull on national policies.

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Brian Kahin is Senior Fellow at the Computer & Communications Industry Association in Washington, DC. He is also Research Investigator and Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information and a special advisor to the Provost's Office. He is a coeditor of Transforming Enterprise (MIT Press, 2004) and many other books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The What, Why, Where, and How of National Information Initiatives 1
Implementing the NII Vision: Singapore's Experience and Future Challenges 24
Back to the Future: Japan's NII Plans 61
Korea's National Information Infrastructure: Vision and Issues 112
The U.S. National Information Infrastructure Initiative: The Market, the Web, and the Virtual Project 150
Cultural Sovereignty, Public Participation, and Democratization of the Public Sphere: The Canadian Debate on the New Information Infrastructure 190
Information Infrastructure Initiatives in Emerging Economies: The Case of India 217
Brazil: Is the World Ready for When Information Highways Cross the Amazon? 261
National Information Infrastructure in Developing Economies 287
Information Superhighway Policy in France: The End of High Tech Colbertism? 307
Public Policy and the Information Superhighway: The Case of the United Kingdom 349
Multimedia: Germany's Third Attempt to Move to an Information Society 387
The Information Welfare Society: An Assessment of Danish Governmental Initiatives Preparing for the Information Age 424
Information Liberalization in the European Union 457
European Information Infrastructure Policy Making in the Context of the Policy Capacity of the European Union and Its Member-States: Progress and Obstacles 490
Approaches for Maximizing GII Impacts on Sustainable Development 508
Will the Global Information Infrastructure Need Transnational (or Any) Governance? 532
Regional Development and the Information Society: The IRISI Initiative as a Pilot Project of the European Union 553
Materials from the Special Session on Information Infrastructures 569
Chair's Conclusions from the G-7 Ministerial Conference on the Information Society 613
Contributors 625
Index 631
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