An Economic Perspective

What are the economics of Web 2.0 (+)? What new economic issues are raised by the opportunities that Web 2.0 gives for users to generate content and share it in self-forming networks?

What are the economic forces that shape the formation of social networks on the Web? What are the properties of those networks? What is the relationship between the economic structure of the Web, its social and mathematical structure?

What are the commercial incentives created by the Web? What will be the industrial structure? Is the Web inherently prone to concentration, where a large part of the structure is owned and controlled by a small number of players? Or are there forces that will allow smaller scale operations to co-exist with large firms?

What are the economic arguments for and against open platforms in the Web? Should policy (economic and public) play any role in shaping or determining the openness of Web platforms?

What (economic and social) mechanisms can be designed to improve the performance of the Web? For example, are there mechanisms that can improve the extent and quality of participation in online communities?

How can economics help with such issues as piracy, privacy and identity?