Mobilizing the Information Society: Strategies for Growth and Opportunity

Paperback | January 1, 2002

byRobin Mansell, W. Edward Steinmueller

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Mobilizing the Information Society comprehensively and critically examines the interaction between social, regulatory, and market developments underlying the growing use of new technologies such as the personal computer and the Internet. Based upon empirical research by an international team,it offers insights needed to understand public policy, corporate strategy, and individual choices taken in response to the deluge of new technological opportunities.A principal theme of Mobilizing the Information Society is that changes are governed by public decisions that establish the institutional framework in which the private sector operates. The quality and value of the information society for the citizen is not the inevitable consequence of market andtechnological forces. Policy choices, however, that fail to take market and technical influences into account will prove ineffective. The authors lay the foundation for improved theories of the process of change, more appropriate strategies to achieve desired aims, and more effective policies formitigating the effects of dislocation and exclusion from the information society.Mobilizing the Information Society offers unique insights into the social, economic, and political forces that are structuring the pathway to the information society, and their consequences for businesses and citizens in their everyday lives.

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Mobilizing the Information Society comprehensively and critically examines the interaction between social, regulatory, and market developments underlying the growing use of new technologies such as the personal computer and the Internet. Based upon empirical research by an international team,it offers insights needed to understand publ...

Professor Robin Mansell holds the Dixons Chair in New Media and the Internet within the Interdepartmental Programme in Media and Communications (Media@lse), London School of Economics and Political Science. W. Edward Steinmueller is Professor of Information and Communication Technology Policy at SPRU, University of Sussex, where he di...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:540 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.09 inPublished:January 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019829557X

ISBN - 13:9780198295570

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Table of Contents

1. Competing Interests and Strategies in the Information Society2. Social Communities: Access and Users' Capabilities3. Transforming the Infrastructure Supporting the Information Society4. Chaos in Service Innovations and Applications5. Controlling Electronic Commerce Transactions6. Liberalization and the Process and Implications of Standardization7. Electronic Intellectual Property and Creative Knowledge Production8. Building Trust for Virtual Communities9. Locating the Consequences of Information Society Developments10. Recapitulating the Themes and Facing the Future

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`. . . Mansell and Steinmueller's highly accessible presentation guides the non-specialist reader towards a sophisticated appreciation of the great variety of interacting forces that have governed and will continue to shape the uneven and circuitous path towards the realization of "theinformation society". By integrating a deep and comprehensive grasp of the nature, potentialities and limitations of digital information technologies with a sophisticated understanding of the economics of information, and of the political economy of global computer-mediated telecommunications, thisbook provides a framework for policy analysis that will be widely applicable.'Paul A. David, Professor of Economics, Stanford University and Senior Research Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford