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Government Policies toward Information and Communication


  • Larry Willmore

    (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis)


The development of what one might call 'modern' systems of information and communication began with the Gutenberg printing press in the 15th century, and progressed through the prepaid postal system, electric telegraph and telephone in the 19th century, radio and television broadcasting in the 20th century, and most recently the Internet. This essay focuses on the response of governments to these innovations, beginning with the printing press. United Nations DESA Discussion Paper No. 21 (October 2001).

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  • Larry Willmore, 2004. "Government Policies toward Information and Communication," Economic History 0412001, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpeh:0412001
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    1. Richard Perkins & Eric Neumayer, 2011. "Is the internet really new after all?: the determinants of telecommunications diffusion in historical perspective," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 30800, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.

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    internet; printing press; telegraph; telephone; broadcasting; information and communication technologies (ICT);

    JEL classification:

    • L96 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Telecommunications
    • L98 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Government Policy
    • N4 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy

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