From Network Neutrality to Data Neutrality: A Techno-Economic Framework and Research Agenda

Information Systems Research, Forthcoming

44 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2015 Last revised: 13 Aug 2017

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Robert F. Easley

University of Notre Dame

Hong Guo

University of Notre Dame

Jan Kraemer

University of Passau

Date Written: March 08, 2017

Abstract

The Internet has assumed a central role in the global economy facilitating commerce and communication, and is thus central to many areas of IS research. In particular, IS researchers played a critical role in the academic discourse on net neutrality, which has recently informed new regulatory frameworks in the US and Europe. We discuss and categorize the various issues and key trade-offs that are still being debated in the context of net neutrality, and identify open research questions in this domain. Based on these insights, we argue that net neutrality, which is concerned with a gatekeeper at the infrastructure level, may just be part of a larger debate on data neutrality, where the gatekeeper may rather control a software platform. We provide several examples of potential data neutrality issues and generalize the key trade-offs in the context of a proposed four-step framework for identifying and organizing promising areas of IS research on data neutrality.

Keywords: Network neutrality, zero rating, public policy, Internet governance, network management, data management, data neutrality, platforms, gatekeeping

JEL Classification: L96, O38

Suggested Citation

Easley, Robert F. and Guo, Hong and Kraemer, Jan, From Network Neutrality to Data Neutrality: A Techno-Economic Framework and Research Agenda (March 08, 2017). Information Systems Research, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2666217 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2666217

Robert F. Easley

University of Notre Dame ( email )

Information Technology, Analytics, and Operations
Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, IN 46556
United States
219-631-6077 (Phone)

Hong Guo (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame ( email )

356 Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.nd.edu/~hguo

Jan Kraemer

University of Passau ( email )

Chair of Internet and Telecommunications Business
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Passau, D-94036
Germany
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+498525092582 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.kraemer.biz

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