Publications

Policy Papers / Publications

Information Policy and Technology Diffusion: Lessons from Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia

Some governments choose telecommunications policies that hinder technology diffusion, while others choose policies that appear to do a good job at encouraging technology diffusion and reaping subsequent economic rewards.  Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia—all former members of the Republic of Yugoslavia—have enacted different kinds of information policy reforms […]

Comparing Digital Divides:  Internet Access and Social Inequality in Canada and the United States
Academic Articles / Publications

Comparing Digital Divides: Internet Access and Social Inequality in Canada and the United States

What is the best way to measure and track the digital divide, in a comparative manner, over time? What impact have differing policy interventions had on the digital divide in Canada and the United States? We offer a way of benchmarking equality in Internet access using Gini coefficients and demonstrate […]

Sizing Up Information Societies
Academic Articles / Publications

Sizing Up Information Societies

When researchers study technology diffusion in a global and comparative manner, they often find that economic productivity explains differences in the diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs). But when researchers study technology diffusion in a regional, national, or subnational context, they often find that politics and culture explains different […]

Telecommunications Reform, Internet Use and Mobile Phone Adoption in the Developing World
Academic Articles / Publications

Telecommunications Reform, Internet Use and Mobile Phone Adoption in the Developing World

How do telecommunications policies influence technology adoption? Has regulatory reform helped mitigate or exacerbate the digital divide? We examine the effects of four policy reform strategies on a country’s share of internet bandwidth, internet hosts, internet users, personal computers, and mobile phones. We argue that the best policy environment for […]