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  • This paper investigates whether social media access is associated with increased probability or intensity of ethnic conflict in Myanmar. In this context most people use mobile phones, and particularly the Facebook app, to access the internet. To distinguish the effects of social media from those of the broader internet, I exploit geographic variation in mobile phone coverage as a proxy for…
    Economic Papers on ICT on Friday, 17 May 2024
  • Custom software is distinct from other types of capital in that it is non-rival—once a firm makes an investment in custom software, it can be used simultaneously across its many establishments. Using confidential US Census data, we document that while firms with more establishments are more likely to invest in custom software, they spend less on it as a share of total capital expenditure. We…
    Economic Papers on ICT on Friday, 17 May 2024
  • A widespread approach to measuring the innovative capacity of companies, sectors, and regions is the analysis of patents and trademarks or the use of surveys. In emerging digital technologies this approach may, however, not be sufficient for mapping technology diffusion. This applies to blockchain technology which is in essence, a decentralized and distributed database (management system) that is…
    Economic Papers on ICT on Friday, 17 May 2024
  • The Internet Society Foundation is proud to present BOLT Amplify, a series of audio episodes co-created by Media Justice and two BOLT Program grant partners to showcase the impact of their project and the Internet on communities worldwide.  BOLT empowers technologists, researchers, and social changemakers to develop innovative solutions for global Internet connectivity. Through BOLT […]
    Internet Society on Wednesday, 15 May 2024
  • Last Sunday marked the 600th day of ongoing mobile Internet outages and service-blocking events, resulting in more than USD $720 million in Gross Domestic Product losses and 10,000 jobs.
    Internet Society on Wednesday, 15 May 2024