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Nurturing the Global Information Commons: Public Access, Public Infrastructure

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Andrews, William J.
Conference: Fourth Annual British Columbia Information Policy Conference
Location: Vancouver, B.C.
Conf. Date: October 28, 1995
Date: 1995
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/465
Sector: Information & Knowledge
Global Commons
Subject(s): new commons
global commons
Abstract: Abstract by C. Hess: "In considering the development of the World Wide Web, this paper emphasizes the important difference between treating government information as a public service and treating it as a corporate asset. 'Computerization greatly facilitiates the commodification of information,' the author writes. And further 'information is a valuable asset, in computerized form it's especially easy to sell...' "The author is a Canadian legal scholar. He is concerned primarily on governmental policies in Canada, specifically, British Columbia. 'For example, the B.C. government charges $600 per file for digital maps that cover less area than the paper topographical maps that sell for under $10.' Discussed are the pricing of electronic information, how the government uses the Internet, and the public's use of the Internet in relation to government matters."

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