The Ecology of Information Exchanges
The move to digital representations of all informational media, their growing
accessibility via communications technologies, and the information-processing
powers provided by information technology, are delivering a shock, akin
to a sudden, brutally disruptive environmental change, to the information
Tuesday 1 December 1998 - 10.45-12.15, Austria Center
A session dealing with "The
Attention Economy" at IST
The title of this session is an attempt to capture some of the uncertainty
surrounding the following questions:
The speakers at this session will address these issues as the culmination
of a process involving the earlier posting of position statements on the
Web and subsequent comments made by the public via a moderated Web forum.
How does one measure information exchanges?
For information exchanges that belong to an economy, what is the key foundation
of value (eg attention time, information usage, etc), and how can successful
economic activities develop using appropriate business models?
What constraints do time-budgets put on the development of information
exchanges and associated products and services?
How should non-economic exchanges and the activities that make them possible
be funded? In other words, how can those involved in these activities make
What tools, skills and services are needed to enable citizens to critically
assess information and media in the Information Society?
Is the existing information economy and its leading business models compatible
with the emerging Information Society, and how can transition proceed?
Chair: John Browning,
European Editor, WIRED
Rishab Aiyer Ghosh, Editor, The
Indian Techonomist and International and Managing Editor, First
Institute of Applied Systems Analysis: Member, Editorial Board, Technology
Forecasting and Social Change, and co-author with Jesse H. Aubel of
Working Less and Living Longer: Long-Term Trends in Working Time and
Time Budgets (A)
Passet, contributor to Transversales
Sciences-Culture and author of L'économique et le vivant
Professor of International Economics, Maastricht University: co-author
with Chris Freeman of The
Economics of Industrial Innovation and Work for All or Mass
Unemployment: Computerised Technical Change in the 21st Century
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