- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- List of Abbreviations
- The challenges of ICTs
- The ICT paradigm
- Markets and policies in new knowledge economies
- Globalization of the ICT labour force
- Productivity and ICTs: A review of the evidence
- Economic policy analysis and the internet: Coming to terms with a telecommunications anomaly
- Internet diffusion and the geography of the digital divide in the United States
- The economics of ICTs: Building blocks and implications
- On confronting some common myths of is strategy discourse
- Information technology sourcing: Fifteen years of learning
- ICT, organizations, and networks
- Information technology and the dynamics of organizational change
- Making sense of ICT, new media, and ethics
- Electronic networks, power, and democracy
- E‐democracy: The history and future of an idea
- Communicative entitlements and democracy: The future of the digital divide debate
- Governance and state organization in the digital era
- Privacy protection and ICT: Issues, instruments, and concepts
- Surveillance, power, and everyday life
- New media literacies: At the intersection of technical, cultural, and discursive knowledges
- Youthful experts? A critical appraisal of children's emerging internet literacy
- The interrelations between online and offline: Questions, issues, and implications
- ICTs and political movements
- ICTs and communities in the twentyfirst century: Challenges and perspectives
- ICTs and inequality: Net gains for women?
Abstract and Keywords
This article shows, first, that the problem of congestion which was widely perceived to be a critical economic resource allocation challenge turned out to be largely chimerical; and, second, that economists were quite blasé in proposing solutions for that and other related problems by introducing pricing mechanisms whose implementation required radical engineering modifications to the Internet. The latter, however, would jeopardize, and possibly vitiate, the unique, socially valuable performance capabilities of the system. The third section takes note of the fact that the recommendations for usage-sensitive pricing that were advanced by economists on static and rather narrow ‘efficiency’ grounds probably posed less of an actual threat to the continuation of the end-to-end design principle than the pressures that presently emanate from the private sector. The fourth section addresses the questions of whether, and on what grounds, public policy might be mobilized to protect the architecture of the Internet. The final section concludes with some observations and suggestions regarding future policy-relevant directions for Internet economics.
Paul A. David is Professor of Economics (and History), Stanford University, USA; and Senior Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK.
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