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Gatekeeping Economics
September/October 2010 (vol. 30 no. 5)
pp. 102-104
Shane Greenstein, greenstein@kellogg.northwestern.edu

It has become fashionable among Internet and Web watchers to notice threats on the horizon to the open Web. For example, in garish colors, Wired magazine's September 2010 issue declared the open-access Web dead. Jonathan Zittrain's 2008 book, The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It, developed a related thesis in great detail (as well as much more). Economics tends not to take such an alarmist approach to the future of the Web, viewing it with more equanimity or acquiescence, depending on your perspective. This column illustrates that approach by discussing a specific practice, gatekeeping, which is anathema to many openness advocates.

Citation:
Shane Greenstein, "Gatekeeping Economics," IEEE Micro, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 102-104, Sept.-Oct. 2010, doi:10.1109/MM.2010.90
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