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The Role of Internet Intermediaries in Advancing Public Policy Objectives

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This book presents a comprehensive view of Internet intermediaries, their economic and social function, development and prospects, benefits and costs, and roles and responsibilities. Divided into three parts, Part I, The Economic and Social Role of Internet Intermediaries, 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. Part II, The Role of Internet Intermediaries in Advancing Public Policy Objectives, examines the roles and responsibilities of Internet intermediaries in advancing public policy objectives, as well as the costs and benefits of their involvement through a series of case studies. Part III provides a summary of an experts workshop that identified lessons learned and best practices from the experience to date of Internet intermediaries in advancing public policy objectives.

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Developments in Internet intermediary markets

This chapter discusses competitive market conditions and the pace of change in the main Internet intermediary sectors. It draws attention to the rapidly evolving nature of the sector’s business models and the blurring of the boundaries of the related national statistics. Following a brief discussion of the effect of the recent economic crisis, it traces trends in the various types of Internet intermediary markets, including online payment.

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