The Digital Economy and Variegated Capitalism

Luis Felipe Alvarez León

Abstract


This article sets out to conceptualize the ways in which the development of the digital economy (Malecki & Moriset, 2007) can be understood within the framework of variegated capitalism (Peck & Theodore, 2007). In doing so, it explores the question of how communication technologies interact with place-specific institutional, political, and economic configurations to shape the geographically differentiated construction of an economy centred on the production, distribution, and consumption of digital information. These interactions are examined through the development of geolocation technologies and their impact on a variety of approaches to jurisdiction over the Internet.

Cet article conceptualise les moyens dont on peut comprendre le développement de l’économie numérique dans le cadre du capitalisme panaché (variegated capitalism). Il explore ainsi comment les technologies de la communication interagissent avec des configurations institutionnelles, politiques et économiques axées sur le lieu afin d’assurer la construction géographiquement différenciée d’une économie centrée sur la production, la distribution et la consommation d’informations numériques. Il examine ces interactions par rapport aux technologies de géolocalisation et leur impact sur une diversité d’approches envers la juridiction d’internet.


Keywords


Variegated capitalism; Digital economy; Geolocation technologies; Internet governance

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2015v40n4a2952

License URL: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/
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