ERIC Number: ED189673
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun-25
Reference Count: 0
Videotex: A Dozen Public Policy Concerns and a Design to Understand Them.
Tydeman, John; And Others
Noting that the introduction of Videotex into the United States might precipitate significant public policy choices, this paper argues for a systematic assessment of the new technology and presents a methodological framework for dealing with its social impact. It then discusses 12 preliminary public policy concerns: (1) economic barriers to entry, (2) institutional dislocations, (3) suppliers of information, (4) paying for information, (5) cable television as a videotex carrier, (6) the government as an information provider, (7) setting standards, (8) security and privacy, (9) equity and access, (10) responsibilities of information providers, (11) copyright protection, and (12) regulatory uncertainty. The paper then suggests a three-phase design for understanding the implications of these concerns and for providing a comprehensive overview of the problems and possibilities of Videotex. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for the Future, Menlo Park, CA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Conference on Computer Communication (5th, Atlanta, GA, October 27-30, 1980).