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Kenneth C. Laudon is a professor of Information Systems at the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Kenneth C. Laudon
NationalityFlag of the United States.svg U.S.
Alma materStanford University
Columbia University
Known forPrivacy
Information Systems
Spouse(s)Jane Price Laudon
Scientific career
FieldsInformation Systems
InstitutionsNew York University

Life and workEdit

Kenneth Laudon graduated from Stanford University and has a Ph.D from Columbia University.[1]

Laudon's first book, Computers and Bureaucratic Reform: The Political Functions of Urban Information Systems (John Wiley and Sons, 1974) was an early study of the use of computers in government.[2]

Laudon's second book, Communications Technology and Democratic Participation (Praeger Publishing, 1978) has been cited as a "pioneering work" on the impact of information technology on the development of different types of democracies.[3]

Laudon's third book was Dossier Society: Value Choices in the Design of National Information Systems (Columbia University Press, 1986).[4] In Dossier Society, Laudon argued that the design and uses of new computing and telecommunications systems, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Computerized Criminal History System, were creating what he called a “dossier society” that would be increasingly based on a person’s data image.[5][6]

Laudon subsequently authored an influential article, "Markets and Privacy" (Communications of the ACM, 1996). This article proposed that people should have a property right in their personal information, enabling them to sell that information, perhaps through a national information market.[7][8] This article has been recognized as one of the first to suggest a propertization of information privacy [9] as well as the institutional infrastructure that might be used to make such an information property rights system a reality.[10][11] A follow-on paper published by the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration discusses how personal information might be priced.[12] Laudon's work has recently been cited as a source for a proposal that Facebook create an information market and pay its users in exchange for their information or attitudes.[13] Laudon is also the author a number of academic articles with respect to the impacts of information systems.

Professor Laudon is also well known as the co-author of a number of textbooks, including Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm and E-commerce. Business. Technology. Society.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Prof. Ken Laudon". Retrieved 2013-11-21.
  2. ^ James W. Cortada, The Digital Hand, Vol. 3: How Computers Changed the Work of American Public Sector Industries, Oxford University Press, 2008, p. 445
  3. ^ Chadwick Andrew and Christopher May, "Interaction between States and Citizens in the Age of the Internet: 'e-Government' in the United States, Britain, and the European Union," Governance, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp. 271-300, April 2003
  4. ^ "Dossier society: value choices in the design of national information systems". Retrieved 2013-11-21.
  5. ^ Dutton, William H. (Jan 1988). "Dossier Society: Value Choices in the Design of National Information Systems by Kenneth C. Laudon". The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy. 58 (1): 102–105. doi:10.1086/601967. JSTOR 4308212.
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  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-06-16. Retrieved 2013-11-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Published: July 15, 2001 (2001-07-15). "The Nation: Your Data, Yourself; A Protective Path Paved in Granola - Page 2 - New York Times". Retrieved 2013-11-21.
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2013-11-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Samuelson Full". Retrieved 2013-11-21.
  11. ^ "Economic Aspects of Personal Privacy". Retrieved 2013-11-21.
  12. ^ "Chapter 1: Theory of Markets and Privacy | NTIA". Retrieved 2013-11-21.
  13. ^ Dhar, Vasant (2013-03-28). "Get Paid for Your Data on Facebook | Wired Business". Retrieved 2013-11-21.