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The Evolving Knowledge-Based Global Economy

Overview of Background and Context - Non-Paper
Submitted by Information Habitat: Where Information Lives

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Economic and Social Council
High-level Panel of Experts on
    Information and Communication Technology
United Nations Headquarters, New York
17-20 April 2000

  • Nature of Networked Information Economy

    • Nature & properties of information
      • Information as representation of real world
        • Common medium to map the real world
        • Geographic information systems - mapping the real world
      • Material properties - properties of a "free good"
        • Zero mass
        • Zero physical size
        • Travel at speed of light
      • Common access to properties of the whole
      • Intelligence principles governing information
        • Management enhanced by intelligent protocols
        • Value enhanced by intelligent organization
        • Organization enhanced by intelligent relational databases
        • Access and flow enhanced by intelligent networks
        • Understanding enhanced by intelligent practice

    • Nature & properties of networks
      • Nature of the Internet
        • Network of networks
          • .net as highest top-level domain
        • Centrality of protocol
        • Power of a network

    • Nature of property in a networked information economy
      • Intellectual & artistic properties
        • Patents
        • Trade marks
        • Copy rights
        • Domains
      • Domain as seat of property
        • Address, identity & public presence
        • Knowledge / resource base
        • Nature of domain as property
        • Top level country domains
        • Domain registration policy & practices
        • Theory & practice of domain prices / rental
      • Network infrastructure & bandwidth as property
        • Wired networks
        • Wireless bandwidth
        • Global
        • National
        • Local

    • Nature of markets in a networked information economy
      • Information exchange as essence of market transaction
      • Re-defining markets - Domain as market
      • Framework for a "perfect free market"
      • Necessity & feasibility of full-cost markets

  • Evolutionary stage of the Internet

    • New Economy technologies
      • Software
      • Hardware
      • Digital content

    • dot.com engages the Old Economy
      • Energy markets
      • Building materials & processes
      • Automobiles & auto parts

    • Accelerating adoption of Internet
      • The wireless revolution
        • Leapfrogging infrastructure limitations
        • Wireless Application Protocol
        • Virtually instant installation & access to global markets

    • Images & sound - language of the Internet
      • Downloadable music & sound - massive emerging market
      • Downloadable television - biggest market of all?
        • Tuvalu & .tv domains

2000.04.14 - Preliminary draft for comments and discussion - feedback to ecology2001@gmail.com

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