nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2015‒01‒19
five papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
Universität Wien

  1. Internet & Human Rights in Foreign Policy: comparing narratives in the US and EU Internet Governance agenda By Andrea Calderaro
  2. The Effects of the Teenagers (as Web Experts) in the Family Decision Making in Online Purchase Process: an Application to the Booking of Tourist Nights By BOUSSIF, Torkia; ISSAOUI, Fakhri; DALY CHAKER, Najeh
  3. HealthEApp Public Access: A New Online Path to Children's Health Care Coverage in California. Applicant Characteristics and Experiences By Adam Dunn Leslie Foster
  4. Asymmetric Neutrality Regulation and Innovation at the Edges: Fixed vs. Mobile Networks By Choi, Jay; Jeon, Doh-Shin; Kim, Byung-Cheol
  5. Improving Quality Of Service For Radio Station Hosting: An Online Recommender System Based On Information Fusion By Dmitry I. Ignatov; Sergey I. Nikolenko; Taimuraz Abaev; Jonas Poelmans

  1. By: Andrea Calderaro
    Abstract: The intricate relationship between Internet, on the one hand, and Human Rights, on the other, is increasingly becoming relevant in foreign policy. Discussions are animated by different actors, providing contributions from multiple perspectives, yet the debate on Internet and Human Rights is still fragmented and has not evolved into a unified agenda. This paper explores this on-going debate over competing perspectives, and frames the current discussion on Internet and Human Rights in foreign policy by providing an overview of the key governmental conferences addressing the Internet and Human rights over the first 3 years (2010-2012) since the beginning of the debate. It then proceeds to analyze key narratives, stakeholders and agendas within these conferences, as well as questions of power and legitimacy. Finally, it argues that the conferences draw from a common discourse and language, but are also representing divergent agendas between stakeholders and states.
    Date: 2014–09–05
  2. By: BOUSSIF, Torkia; ISSAOUI, Fakhri; DALY CHAKER, Najeh
    Abstract: The main objective of our study is to provide some answers to the following questions: What are the determinants of the expertise of the internet for the Tunisian teenager? What is the degree of influence of teenager, who is assumed an expert of the internet, in the process of family decision-making? In What phase of the process, the teenager will be the more active and influential? The results of this research have showed that the teenagers, as experts on the web, spend more than 7 h / per week on the Internet for entertainment purposes. Also, they are connected to the Internet much more than the other members of the family and they are recognized as experts by the other members of the family. Similarly, it has been proven that adolescent has a very strong influence in choice and booking of trips online especially in phases of initiation and search for information rather than in the stages of evaluation of alternatives and the decision making.
    Keywords: Teenagers, Internet expertise, Decision making, Online Transactions
    JEL: M31 Z13
    Date: 2015–01–01
  3. By: Adam Dunn Leslie Foster
    Abstract: This is the second brief in a series about the first year of California’s Health-e-App Public Access (HeA PA) self-service, public health benefits enrollment system, following its introduction in December 2010. It describes HeA PA applicants and their experiences with the tool. Findings suggest that tools like HeA PA are a good option for people who have convenient access to high-speed internet service and do not need extensive in-person help when applying for coverage.
    Keywords: Health-e-App Public Access Children's Health Care Coverage California Health
    JEL: I
    Date: 2013–02–28
  4. By: Choi, Jay; Jeon, Doh-Shin; Kim, Byung-Cheol
    Abstract: We study how net neutrality regulations affect a high-bandwidth content provider's (CP) investment incentives in quality of services (QoS). We find that the effects crucially depend on network capacity levels. With limited capacity, as in mobile networks, prioritized delivery services are complementary to the CP's investments and can facilitate entry of congestion-sensitive content; however, this creates more congestion for other existing content. By contrast, if capacity is relatively large, as in fixed-line networks, prioritized services reduce QoS investment as they become substitutes, but improves traffic management. These results are qualitatively robust to the extension of the ISP's endogenous choice of network capacity.
    Keywords: Net neutrality, asymmetric regulation, quality of service, investment incentives, queuing, congestion, mobile/fixed networks
    JEL: D4 K2 L1 L5 O3
    Date: 2014–08–31
  5. By: Dmitry I. Ignatov (National Research University Higher School of Economics); Sergey I. Nikolenko (National Research University Higher School of Economics); Taimuraz Abaev (National Research University Higher School of Economics); Jonas Poelmans (National Research University Higher School of Economics)
    Abstract: We present a new recommender system developed for the Russian interactive radio network FMhost. The system aims to improve the quality of this service; it is designed specifically to deal with small datasets, overcoming the shortage of data on observed user behavior. The underlying model combines a collaborative user-based approach with information from tags of listened tracks in order to match user and radio station profiles. It follows an adaptive online learning strategy based on both user history and implicit feedback. We compare the proposed algorithms with industry standard methods based on Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) in terms of precision, recall, and Normalized Discounted Cumulative Gain (NDCG) measures; experiments show that in our case the fusion-based approach produces the best results.
    Keywords: e-commerce, quality of service, consumer behaviour, music recommender systems, interactive radio network, hybrid recommender system, information fusion, CRM
    JEL: M13 M15 C6 C7 C8
    Date: 2014

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