Information techlogy has become a constant presence in contemporary life, infiltrating community, business and state affairs. This book discusses the uses and problems of IT in both developing and advanced countries, focusing on the ways in which IT changes society without neglecting the problematic aspects of the Internet revolution such as computer crime and the lack of professionals with computer literacy, particularly from a developing country's perspective. It examines such issues as the characteristics of network ecomies, connectivity pricing, Internet access, regulation, changes in supply chains, IT gaps between supply and demand, productivity increases, and the digital divide. Emanuele Giovannetti, Mitsuhiro Kagami and Masatsugu Tsuji have gathered together a group of international experts in ecomics and trade who discuss the impact of this revolution globally, looking at countries or regions including the UK, EU, Central and Eastern Europe, USA, Japan, India, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and China.
EMANUELE GIOVANNETTI is Research Associate at the Department of Applied Economics, University of Cambridge and New Scholar of the CEPR. MITSUHIRO KAGAMI is Executive Vice President of the Institute of Developing Economies in the Japan External Trade Organization. MASATSUGU TSUJI is Dean and Professor of Economics at the Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University, Japan.