That’s right. Information is the “plastic” of this century. Those that have information, control information, understand information and distribute information will be the masters of the 21st century economy. An examination of the policy debates in Congress concerning intellectual property, the policy discussions at the FCC concerning spectrum and who controls it, the debate over electronic health records, and the debate over who controls information relating to your identity, credit, and personal history point to the conclusion that information, and all the goods derived from information (knowledge, innovation, wealth, etc), is the key to economic success.
Today, for instance, NYT carries a story about Google and Microsoft investing in health information companies. A local Fox news station carries a story how a local city tried to ban cameras and recorders from capturing information discussed at meetings. The federal government is trying to quash a lawsuit alleging the government has illegally siphoned emails from the 4th largest Internet hub located in San Francisco. The government won’t divulge any information about the activity as it is a ‘state secret’.
There is a good essay or two here. We’ll re-visit this topic when time permits a more thoughtful repose.