The move to digital representations of all informational media, their growing accessibility via communications technologies, and the information-processing powers provided by information technology, are delivering a shock, akin to a sudden, brutally disruptive environmental change, to the information exchange ecosystem.
The title of this session is an attempt to capture some of the uncertainty surrounding the following questions:
How does one measure information exchanges?
For information exchanges that belong to an economy, what is the key foundation of value (eg attention time, information usage, etc), and how can successful economic activities develop using appropriate business models?
What constraints do time-budgets put on the development of information exchanges and associated products and services?
How should non-economic exchanges and the activities that make them possible be funded? In other words, how can those involved in these activities make a living?
What tools, skills and services are needed to enable citizens to critically assess information and media in the Information Society?
Is the existing information economy and its leading business models compatible with the emerging Information Society, and how can transition proceed?
The speakers at this session will address these issues as the culmination of a process involving the earlier posting of position statements on the Web and subsequent comments made by the public.
Discussion forum: questions, background, position statements by speakers
, European Editor,
Rishab Aiyer Ghosh
The Indian Techonomist
and International and Managing Editor,
Cooking pot markets: a non-monetary economic model for the trade in free goods and services on the Internet
, Professor of International Economics, Maastricht University: co-author with Chris Freeman of
The Economics of Industrial Innovation
Work for All or Mass Unemployment: Computerised Technical Change in the 21