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Government Policies toward Information and Communication

Larry Willmore ()

Economic History from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: The development of what one might call 'modern' systems of information and communication began with the Gutenberg printing press in the 15th century, and progressed through the prepaid postal system, electric telegraph and telephone in the 19th century, radio and television broadcasting in the 20th century, and most recently the Internet. This essay focuses on the response of governments to these innovations, beginning with the printing press. United Nations DESA Discussion Paper No. 21 (October 2001).

Keywords: internet; printing press; telegraph; telephone; broadcasting; information and communication technologies (ICT) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L96 L98 N4 O38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004-12-04
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