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Measuring the Internet's impact on society

How much value does the Web create?


In less than thirty years, the Internet has become an indispensable guarantor of economic growth, social renewal and cultural enrichment. Quantifying its value is difficult because we still depend on economic models from an industrial age and think of the Web’s impact in terms of contributions to GDP. The studies collected here attempt to calculate how much the Internet is worth, but they are incomplete and demonstrate the need for new thinking if we are to understand – and harness - the full power of the Web. Our mission is to compile a respository of literature on the value and prospects of an open Internet and how it can be leveraged to create a sustainable future.