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This working document distills "information axioms" for emerging policy networks.
We culled these information axioms from a variety of analysts whose work examines
primarily - but not wholly - emerging commercial information networks on the Internet.
These "axioms" do not necessarily apply to non-profits, or true communities, but rather,
are to serve as a starting point in understanding the role of information and information
technologies in the policy process. We intend to produce a similar set of axioms for the
way information is used by contending policy currents in information battles in US foreign
policy decisionmaking. Please submit your comments, suggestions, or own axioms below
to contribute to this process.

* Click on each axiom below for contents. Comments can be posted from each axiom page.

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  axiom 1 - metcalf's law

axiom 2 - early entrants win the field

axiom 3 - significance precedes momentum

axiom 4 - standards as power

axiom 5 - producer and consumer utility

axiom 6 - gatekeepers, intermediaries, and the attention deficit

axiom 7 - positive feedback loops

axiom 8 - differentiation of products and pricing

axiom 9 - switching costs and lock-in

axiom 10 - free information: cooperation in a competitive environment




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