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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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Internet intermediaries

Definitions, economic models and role in the value chain

This chapter proposes a working definition of Internet intermediaries and attempts to identify categories of Internet intermediaries, drawing on official industrial classifications and on regulators’ definition of Internet intermediary activities. It then turns to their role in the creation of value: aggregation of information on buyers, suppliers and products; facilitation of search for appropriate products; reduction of information asymmetries through the provision of product and transactional expertise; matching buyers and sellers for transactions; and trust provision to the marketplace to enhance transactability.

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