Economic and non-economic aspects of information exchanges

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  1. If a significant share of the new information exchanges develops outside markets and currency-mediated exchanges (for instance using freeware and barter-like models), how can people involved in these exchanges make a living? More generally how can these exchanges be sustained and articulated with the economy at large?
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  1. Can the positive aspects of the new media in terms of accessibility (for potential posters of information), visibility and medium quality (for instance non-pollution by 3rd party advertising) be durably maintained and extended for non profit players and how?
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  1. Should visibility of information in these media be equitable? If yes, how? What does it mean for the operation of indexing, search and archive services?
     
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  1.  Can the new types of information exchanges form the basis for a new global exchange paradigm? If yes, will it just be non-currency mediated, but still describable as an economy at another level of description, or radically non-economic?
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  1. It is initially much easier to mobilise indirect funding (such as advertising, or to a lesser extent, tax and license fees) for the initial development of new information exchanges. Is there a risk that this will durably lock these information exchanges into a very restricted share of the global economy (as happened at the beginning of the TV era)?
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