- Industrial information economy
Industrial information economy represents one in which consumers are passive, as opposed to the
networked information economyin 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 economyundemocratic.
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 flagand the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Other well known examples could have equally have been added such as telephone operatorblocking of SkypeHarv|Blue Coat|n.d., the HDCPstandard as well as other forms of digital rights managementsuch as those found in Microsoft VistaHarv|Gutmann|n.d..
Benkler warns that how the battle between the incumbents of the industrial information economy against the emerging
networked information economyplays 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.
Networked information economy
Commons-based peer production
* [http://www.benkler.org/ Yochai Benker's Home Page]
* [http://www.law.yale.edu/faculty/YBenkler.htm Yochai Benker's Profile at Yale Law School]
* [http://www.connectioncommons.org/downloads/podcasts/2005_yochai_benkler_poptech.mp3 Yochai Benker's Talk at Pop!Tech 2005]
*cite web |date=
2005-06-20|url=http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_25/b3938601.htm |title=The Power of Us - Mass Collaboration on the Internet is Shaking up Business |publisher=BusinessWeek |accessdate=2007-05-26
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