ERIC Number: ED235530
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Transborder Data Flow, Informatics and National Policies: A Comparison among 22 Nations.
Wigand, Rolf T.; And Others
The product of advanced information technology and digital transmission capabilities, transborder data flow (TDF)--the flow of information across national borders via computer and other electronic communications systems--has considerable political, social, economic, and legal implications. Important issues in TDF include (1) the regulation of telecommunication planning and development among various nations without stifling innovations; (2) the protection of personal privacy; (3) the impact of TDF on the cultural identity of information receiving nations; (4) the expatriation of national information; (5) the treatment of information as a commodity; (6) the impact of TDF on developing nations' balance of trade, employment, and infant information services; and (7) the restriction of competition and market entry of transnational corporations through such legislated and nonlegislated barriers as tariffs and prohibitive pricing. While current international legislation on TDF may appear excessive to those hoping to profit from expanding telecommunications systems, to people wanting to improve privacy protection or protect fledgling information economies, it seems minimal. Greater international cooperation is needed to balance the need for a free flow of information with other needs for personal and national protection and benefit. (MM)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Communication Research, Computers, Developing Nations, Foreign Policy, Futures (of Society), Information Dissemination, Information Networks, Information Utilization, International Communication, International Law, International Organizations, International Relations, International Studies, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Dallas, TX, May 26-30, 1983).