Michael Benedikt,"Introduction" to Cyberspace: First Steps. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1991.
Cyberspace: From simple economic survival through the establishment of security and legitimacy, from trade in tokens of approval and confidence and liberty to the pursuit of influence, knowledge, and entertainment for their own sakes, everything informational and im- portant to the life of individuals-and organizations-will be found for sale, or for the taking, in cyberspace.
These ideas deal with the development of economy that is based in a virtual world. Some people, like Mitchell in City of Bits, believe cyberspace will allow a truly equal free-market. Some authors who write about cyberspace, create worlds with dystopian views of economies, such as Stephenson predicted economy of franchises ruling the world. This path leads to this website's section on economics.