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François Bar & Caroline Simard

In: Handbook of New Media: Social Shaping and Consequences of ICTs

Chapter 15: New Media Implementation and Industrial Organization

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New Media Implementation and Industrial Organization
New media implementation and industrial organization
François BarCaroline Simard

Over the past quarter-century, organizations’ growing reliance upon networking technologies has brought about a deep transformation of economic activities. Information networks, once considered merely a utility like water or natural gas systems, moved centre stage during that period to become strategic infrastructures. From a technological standpoint, digital convergence was the fundamental enabler of this transition. Telecommunications and computing became more alike: networks were built upon digital technologies and increasingly served to interconnect computers, while computers relied ever more upon networks to support their basic operations. Software, at the heart of the resulting digital networks, made it possible to create new communication applications for individuals or organizations to collaborate and compete. Software ...

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