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Researchers today are trying to understand how information technology affects innovation, productivity, and economic growth while studying the impact of political and legal ground rules. Academics featured here are looking at the potential to create jobs and keep policymakers aware of emerging trends in technology.

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How Will COVID-19 Change the World by 2025? How Remote Learning Changes Education

"To close the digital divide, the federal government needs to view broadband like the US Postal Service when it was first developed, concentrating on connecting all citizens rather than just communities where the service makes economic sense." — Randal Picker, Professor of Law, University of Chicago


Randal Picker
Source: Futurity
May 6, 2020

The Pandemic Will Change American Retail Forever

“If we shut the door on immigration because of the pandemic, something important will be lost on American streets.” — William Kerr, Professor, Harvard Business School

 


William R. Kerr
Source: The Atlantic
April 27, 2020

The Privacy Issues of Letting Big Tech Tackle the Pandemic

"Those who champion the use of smartphone tracking often ignore that the countries that successfully curbed their pandemics used smartphone apps alongside rigorous testing and aggressive physical-distancing measures." — Ryan Calo, Co-director, University of Washington Tech Policy Lab
M. Ryan Calo
Source: The Globe and Mail
April 23, 2020

Trump Immigration Ban to Last 60 Days, Target Those Seeking Permanent Residency

"The idea that immigration threatens American jobs is just not there in any data." — Giovanni Peri, Professor of Economics, University of California, Davis
Giovanni Peri
Source: Reuters
April 21, 2020

How Human-Centered Tech Can Beat COVID-19 Through Contact Tracing

To succeed, contact tracing programs require that people trust the entity to whom they are reporting. Trust is built on empathy, patience and the ability to help someone who has just been exposed to a life-threatening disease. — Mary Gray, Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research and Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society
Mary L. Gray
Source: The Hill
April 21, 2020

Confronting Viral Disinformation

“My worry is that those very important public health officials who have our attention—and should have our attention—will be beset by cyber mobs trying to chase them offline, to discredit them and to silence them.” — Danielle Citron, Privacy Law Professor, Boston University


Danielle Citron
Source: Slate
March 27, 2020

The New Coronavirus Economy: A Gigantic Experiment Reshaping How We Work and Live

"People will change their habits, and some of these habits will stick. There's a lot of things where people are just slowly shifting, and this will accelerate that." — Susan Athey, Professor, Economics of Technology, Stanford Graduate School of Business


Susan Athey
Source: The Washington Post
March 21, 2020

Navigating Disruption: a Roadmap for Leaders

"It may be easier for companies to stay in silos, but that just makes them more vulnerable to disruption." — Joshua Gans, Professor of Strategic Management, University of Toronto


Joshua Gans
Source: Fast Company
July 25, 2019

The Real Reason for Facebook’s New Cryptocurrency

"Strong cryptography secures information about who is making those transactions at every step and offers powerful guarantees against tampering. If Facebook can establish Libra as a trusted way for users make their transactions, it will go a long way to rebuilding trust in Facebook itself." — Kevin Werbach, Professor of Business and Ethics, University of Pennsylvania


Kevin Werbach
Source: The New York Times
June 20, 2019

The Great Productivity Slowdown

This article asks why the current era of unprecedented innovation is not seeing major gains in productivity. MIT economist and artificial intelligence expert Erik Brynjolfsson is quoted.


Erik Brynjolfsson
Source: Global Finance
June 5, 2019
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Ryan Calo: Contact-Tracing Applications Pose Significant Risks

University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo and his colleagues Ashkan Soltani (independent privacy researcher and technologist), and Carl Bergstrom (University of Washington biology professor) delved into the feasibility of whether contact-tracing apps can be effective and safeguard individuals’ privacy.

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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to technologies that perform learning and reasoning in ways that simulate human cognitive abilities.

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Soft Law: New Tools for Governing Emerging Technologies

Traditionally, nations harmonized their own regulation of new technologies with the rules of other nations through negotiation of international treaties. "Soft law" tools such as private standards and codes of conduct are less resource-intensive than treaties.

By: Braden Allenby, Gary Marchant