- MIT Press
The Flip Side of Free: Understanding the Economics of the Internet
- Michael Kende
- MIT Press
- 9.5 X 9.5 X 0.4 inches
- 0.85 pounds
- Business & Economics > E-Commerce - General (see also Computers - Electronic Commerce)
The upside of the internet is free Wi-Fi at Starbucks, Facetime over long distances, and nearly unlimited data for downloading or streaming. The downside is that our data goes to companies that use it to make money, our financial information is exposed to hackers, and the market power of technology companies continues to increase. In The Flip Side of Free, Michael Kende shows that free internet comes at a price. We're beginning to realize this. Our all-purpose techno-caveat is I love my smart speaker...but--is it really tracking everything I do? listening to everything I say?
Michael is a Senior Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and a Senior Advisor at Analysys Mason. He is the former Chief Economist of the Internet Society, and prior to joining the Internet Society, Michael was a partner at Analysys Mason.
Michael has done a significant amount of work on promoting Internet development in emerging regions around the world, including many years of work on Internet interconnection and IXPs. Michael was the co-author of the original study on the benefits of IXPs in Kenya and Nigeria, and has also done studies on barriers to Internet infrastructure and how to promote local content availability in Africa.
Michael spent five years as a professor of Economics at INSEAD, a business school near Paris, before joining the Federal Communications Commission. At the FCC, Michael was the Director of Internet Policy Analysis, where he was responsible for managing a wide range of policy analyses and regulatory decisions.
Source: The Internet Society
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