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ICT policy research and comments[edit]

Public Policy Institute: The Failure of Cyber-Libertarianism: The Case for a National E-Commerce Strategy[edit]

By Robert D. Atkinson, vice president of the Progressive Policy Institute and director of PPI's Technology & New Economy Project

Excerpts: "Enabling the IT revolution to reach its full promise -- significantly boosting productivity and incomes, enabling a more customized society and economy, providing people with new tools to control their own lives, and dramatically expanding access to all kinds of information -- will require the pervasive use of digital technologies in all aspects of the economy and society. That in turn will require policymakers doing more than simply doing no harm... we are advocating the development and implementation of a national strategy, with a particular focus on the areas where government is in a position to play a key role."

"While cyber-conservatives resist government action, cyber-liberals focus principally on regulation and redistribution... for the left, government's most important role is addressing the digital divide."

"For all these reasons, policymakers need to develop a proactive strategy for overcoming these barriers. This paper first discusses the benefits of the digital economy, then lays out seven areas where a more strategic and activist government role can help foster the digital revolution:

  • boosting IT research;
  • helping to jump-start "chicken or egg" issues;
  • developing and implementing out-sector strategies;
  • overcoming middleman resistance;
  • promoting international e-commerce;
  • fostering digital government; and
  • boosting digital opportunity."

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