Monday, 19 April 2010

Internet intermediaries - OECD report on economic & social role

The Economic and Social Role of Internet Intermediaries, April 2010, is a report by Ms. Karine Perset of the OECD‘s Directorate for Science Technology and Industry.

"This report is Part I of the larger project on Internet intermediaries. It develops a common definition and understanding of what Internet intermediaries are, of their economic function and economic models, of recent market developments, and discusses the economic and social uses that these actors satisfy. The overall goal of the horizontal report of the Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy (ICCP) is to obtain a comprehensive view of Internet intermediaries, their economic and social function, development and prospects, benefits and costs, and responsibilities. It corresponds to the item on 'Forging Partnerships for Advancing Policy Objectives for the Internet Economy' in the Committee‘s work programme."

Contents include:

DEFINITIONS
Definition of Internet intermediaries
Internet access and service providers
Data processing and web hosting providers, including domain name registrars
Internet search engines and portals
Web e-commerce intermediaries
E-commerce payment systems
Participative networked platforms
ECONOMIC MODELS AND ROLE OF INTERMEDIARIES IN THE VALUE CHAIN
Role of Internet intermediaries
Network externalities
Two-sided markets
Revenue models
Advertising model
Fee models
Brokerage model
Voluntary donations / community models
DEVELOPMENTS IN INTERNET INTERMEDIARY MARKETS
The impact of the economic crisis on Internet intermediary markets
Internet access and service provider sector
Wired Internet access and broadband
Mobile Internet access
Data processing and web hosting sector
Internet search engines and portals sector
Web e-commerce sector
B2C retail e-commerce
Electronic business-to-business marketplaces
E-commerce payment
Participative networked platforms
SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC PURPOSES OF INTERNET INTERMEDIARIES
Wider ICT-related growth and productivity
Investment in infrastructure
Entrepreneurship and employment
Innovation
Trust and user privacy
User/consumer empowerment and choice
Individuality, self-expression, democracy and social relationships
ANNEX - THE INFORMATION SECTOR IN THE UNITED STATES (USD, MILLIONS)

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