MISTICA: Fwd: NITNews for 21 December 2001

From: Daniel Pimienta (
Date: Mon Dec 24 2001 - 21:17:13 AST

>Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 08:05:01 -0500
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>Subject: NITNews for 21 December 2001
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>---- Women catch up on net use
>Women are catching up with men when it comes to logging on to the
>internet, according to research. Figures from the Office of National
>Statistics show a steady increase in the number of people using the
>internet in Britain. But the number of women using the web leapt 12% on
>last year compared with a minimal change in figures for men.
>---- Code, Culture and Cash: The Fading Altruism of Open Source Development
>The nexus of open source development appears to have shifted to Europe
>over the last ten years. This paper explains why this trend undermines
>cultural arguments about "hacker ethics" and "post-scarcity" gift
>economies. It suggests that classical economic theory offers a more
>succinct explanation for the peculiar international distribution of open
>source development: hacking rises and falls inversely to its opportunity
>cost. This finding throws doubt on the Schumpeterian assumption that the
>efficiency of industrial systems can be measured without reference to the
>social institutions that bind them.
>---- Breaking Down Bureaucratic Barriers -The Next Phase of Digital
>This policy paper focuses on what they believe should be the next phase of
>e-government -- breaking down bureaucratic barriers to create functionally
>oriented, citizen-centered government Web presences designed to give
>citizens a self-service government (PDF only).
>---- Inventing E-Regulation in the US, EU and East Asia: Conflicting
>Social Visions of the Internet & the Information Society
>Despite the range and diversity of paths to e-regulation suggested in
>these choices, none adequately addresses the underlying issue of how to
>promote an innovative society that is open to broad social participation.
>The paper evaluates principal weaknesses in these regional models of
>Internet policy and argues the need for re-conceptualizing the cultural,
>political and economic approach to the new information space of the Internet.

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