Fares and free riders on the information highway

Journal of Business Ethics 16 (12-13):1439-1445 (1997)
Public policy issues around access to networked information are explored and examined. Long viewed as the quintessential public good, information has evolved into a critically important market commodity in little more than a generation. New technologies and a political climate in which the meaning of universal access to information is no longer commonly understood and in which its importance is no longer taken for granted pose significant challenges for American society. Libraries, as information commons, offer the means of meeting those challenges. Historical, economical, and professional factors that shape the conflict are described and discussed.
Keywords access  information  internet  legislation  libraries
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DOI 10.1023/A:1005791300561
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