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Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems by Urs Gasser, John Palfrey

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CHAPTER NINE
Getting to Interop
This is a good moment to take stock of where we are in our study of interoperability. We have established that interop can be a driver of competition, innovation, consumer choice, and economic growth, among other good outcomes. We have seen that it is an important part of the modern economy, in areas ranging from finance to transportation to information technologies. We have determined that the dynamics of global information flows, combined with the power of network effects in the Internet age, are making interop increasingly important. Despite the potential drawbacks to which it can give rise—including security concerns, risks to privacy, and high levels of complexity—working together to increase interop is ...

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