What is the Future of Internet-Enabled Innovation?

By TAP Staff Blogger

Posted on February 8, 2013


The future of Internet-driven innovation remains a difficult topic to assess. Some trends, including the increasing importance of wireless platforms, are not hard to spot, but many of the game-changing technologies and trends are likely to be a surprise.

This weekend, the Silicon Flatiron Center will look at innovation in the Internet environment with their conference, The Digital Broadband Migration: The Future of Internet-Enabled Innovation.

Live stream will be available; click to open the webcast page.

The dynamics around competition and innovation in the Internet space raise a series of policy, business, and technical issues that are challenging the ability of 20th century institutions to keep up. The conference will examine three policy dimensions that are getting increasing attention:

  • The forces and strategies around how to enable interoperability and interconnection in the Internet Protocol-based environment.
  • The emerging competitive forces, battles, and policy responses in the Internet space; including evaluation of the role not only of traditional competition policy on the part of antitrust authorities and telecommunications regulation, but also the role of intellectual property rights.
    • TAP scholars Susan Athey, Professor of Economics at Harvard University, and Mark Lemley, Professor of Law with Stanford University will present during this panel.
  • Innovation and competition in a wireless broadband environment where the opportunities for access to spectrum, both licensed and unlicensed, are far from determined.
    • TAP scholar Gregory L. Rosston, Deputy Director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research will present during this panel.