nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2012‒05‒02
three papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
University Vienna

  1. From Information to Participation: The Potential of New Technologies on Accountability Initiatives By Paloma Baena Olabe; Theodore Kahn
  2. The Economics of New Media By John Quiggin
  3. Apprendre et enseigner par le numérique : l'expérience " e-sens " By Pierre-Jean Benghozi; Michelle Bergadaà

  1. By: Paloma Baena Olabe; Theodore Kahn
    Abstract: This technical note considers the role of information and communications technology (ICT) in promoting the use of information and active participation among various stakeholders in the context of access to information initiatives, and in transparency and accountability efforts more broadly. Such participation, in turn, has the potential to bring about concrete improvements in institutional capacity in the public sector, public policies, and governance.
    Keywords: Public Sector :: Transparency & Anticorruption, Science & Technology :: New Technologies, Public Sector :: Governance, Information and Communications Technology, access to information, accountability, e-governance, monitoring, public management
    Date: 2012–05
  2. By: John Quiggin (School of Economics, The University of Queensland)
    Abstract: The rise of New Media associated with the Internet has radically changed many aspects of daily life, and enabled us to do things that would have seemed unimaginable even a few decades ago. The speed and volume of communications has increased by a factor of a million or more since the Internet first emerged in the 1990s, and there has been a corresponding proliferation of information. Yet the economic implications of New Media are hard to discern. The famous observation of Robert Solow (1987) that ‘You can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics’ is just as valid today as it was when he first made it more than twenty years ago.The age of new media has produced only a handful of profitable new companies (Amazon and Google are the most notable examples). At the same time, while old media (newspapers, TV, radio) have proved more resilient than many observers expected, their business models have been severely undermined. This chapter will discuss what economics can tell us about New Media. More interestingly, perhaps, at least to those concerned with the long-term impact of New Media, it will examine the implications of New Media for economics and economic organization, and offer some policy recommendations.
    Keywords: Media
    Date: 2012–04
  3. By: Pierre-Jean Benghozi (PREG - Pole de recherche en économie et gestion - CNRS : UMR7176 - Polytechnique - X); Michelle Bergadaà (OVSM - Observatoire de Vente et Stratégie Marketing - Universté de Genève)
    Abstract: Le monde académique n'échappe pas aux transformations suscitées par les TIC dans l'ensemble des secteurs de la société : nouveaux comportements et pratiques d'étudiants digital natives, nouvelles opportunités de supports d'enseignement (de la généralisation des présentations PowerPoint à l'enseignement à distance, aux plateformes bibliographiques et à l'individualisation des communications enseignant/ enseigné). Au bout du compte, ce sont de nouveaux enjeux pédagogiques qui émergent et interrogent le coeur du métier des enseignants-chercheurs et les fondements de la connaissance même : sa nature et son statut, ses modes de production et de validation, ses modalités de transmission.
    Keywords: e-sens; ère du numérique; économie de l'internet; constructeurs de connaissance; producteur de savoir;
    Date: 2012–04–16

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