Industrial information economy

Industrial information economy

Industrial information economy represents one in which consumers are passive, as opposed to the networked information economy in which consumers are active often to the point of equally being producers (either in terms of creativity or by allowing usage of their idle processing, storage or bandwidth).

Benkler contends that within the industrial information economy "most opportunities to make things that were valuable and important to many people were constrained by the physical capital requirements of making them" Harv|Benkler|2006|p=6 and thus in comparison to the networked information economy undemocratic.

Benkler points out Harv|Benkler|2006|p=2 that the incumbents of the industrial information economy are threatened by the networked information economy. In response to this threat he references examples of the incumbents fighting back; including the broadcast flag and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Other well known examples could have equally have been added such as telephone operator blocking of Skype Harv|Blue Coat|n.d., the HDCP standard as well as other forms of digital rights management such as those found in Microsoft Vista Harv|Gutmann|n.d..

Benkler warns that how the battle between the incumbents of the industrial information economy against the emerging networked information economy plays out, the life of individuals in the world's most advanced economies will be deeply affected. He states Harv|Benkler|2006|p=2:

How these battles turn out over the next decade or so will likely have a significant effect on how we come to know what is going on in the world we occupy, and to what extent and in what forms we will be able—as autonomous individuals, ascitizens, and as participants in cultures and communities—to affect how we and others see the world as it is and as it might be.


ee also

*Networked information economy
*Commons-based peer production
*Network neutrality

External links

* [ Yochai Benker's Home Page]
* [ Yochai Benker's Profile at Yale Law School]
* [ Yochai Benker's Talk at Pop!Tech 2005]
*cite web |date=2005-06-20 |url= |title=The Power of Us - Mass Collaboration on the Internet is Shaking up Business |publisher=BusinessWeek |accessdate=2007-05-26

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