The Rise of Communications Policy Research


  • Ithiel de Sola Pool

    1. Ithiel de Sola Pool is Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The most recent of his many publications are Talking Back: Citizen Feedback and Cable Technology and the Handbook of Communications (as co-editor). An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 1973 annual meeting of the International Broadcast Institute.
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Technological change transforms entire communications systems. Alternative ways of organizing systems confront societies with difficult choices. Hard knowledge is needed to make the policy decisions of the future.