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Unlikely Partners: Information Technology and Economics

“The Technology and Economics of Digital Goods and Digital Rights Management”

Presented by Professors Jon Schull, Department of Information Technology, B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences; and Jeffery Wagner, Department of Economics, College of Liberal Arts.

Classroom"New markets are created when information technologies make it possible to reward developers who create digital goods and services and customers who buy those goods and services."

In this presentation, Professors Schull and Wagner suggest that the evolution of information technology and economic forces is part of a more general evolution in rights management that includes, for example, the abolition of slavery, and the creation of tradable sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide emission permits.  They ask, "What lessons can be learned from such comparisons?" and "How might policy changes facilitate the evolution of digital rights management?"