18 April 2006

Illegal Online Filesharing, Information Producers' Strategies and Production by MICHAEL NWOGUGU Social Science Electronic Publishing

Abstract: In the US, Europe and Asia, illegal downloading of content and music has resulted in substantial losses in the entertainment and education industries. The issue involves various policy, technological and economics problems that have not yet been resolved even as internet use continues to grow substantially. The lack of an efficient method of controlling downloads of content is compounded by the fact that owners of content don't know how to price such content; and that inefficient downloads results in sub-optimal pricing of content. This paper discusses some of the main problems that introduces several methods/systems for efficiently controlling downloads content.

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Digital divide or digital development? The Internet in Mexico by James Curry and Martin Kenney First Monday

Abstract: This paper discusses the development of the Internet in Mexico within the context of the digital divide. There is skepticism about whether the digital divide is something driven primarily by technology rather than an epiphenomenon driven by socioeconomic factors. The barriers to access are not technological but rather economic and historical. Although Mexico shows wide disparities in Internet access, it also shows rapid development toward more access. The number of regular Internet users in Mexico is small (about 14 million) but has shown consistent growth. Business and non-governmental organization presence on the Web is increasing, and the Mexican government is innovatively using the Web to broaden contact with its citizens. In the Mexican case, there is certainly evidence of a digital divide. Nevertheless, there is also ample evidence of digital development.

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Exploring factors influencing Internet users' adoption of Internet television in Taiwan by Kenneth C.C. Yang and Yowei Kang First Monday

This study examined how demographics, Internet use motivation, and beliefs about Internet television influenced Internet users' intentions to adopt Internet television in Taiwan. The belief factors of users in programming quality, government regulation, and media impact contributed significantly to predicting an intention to adopt Internet television. Results from hierarchical regression also demonstrated that gender and Internet use motivations were predictive as well.

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20 February 2006

us: Measuring Broadband’s Economic Impact by William H. Lehr, Carlos A. Osorio, Sharon E. Gillett (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) MIT Communications Futures Program

Does broadband matter to the economy? Numerous studies have focused on whether there is a digital divide, on regulatory impacts and investment incentives, and on the factors influencing where broadband is available. However, given how recently broadband has been adopted, little empirical research has investigated its economic impact. This paper presents estimates of the effect of broadband on a number of indicators of economic activity, including employment, wages, and industry mix, using a cross-sectional panel data set of communities (by zip code) across the United States.

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29 January 2006

The Strength of Internet Ties (news release)

The internet helps maintain people's social networks, and connects them to members of their social network when they need help. 60 million Americans have turned to the internet for help with major life decisions.

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