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Innovation and Economic Growth

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 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

An Economist Explains How to Value the Internet

MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson discusses a new method for measuring the benefits of the digital economy during an interview at the World Economic Forum.


Erik Brynjolfsson
Source: World Economic Forum
May 23, 2019

New Laws of Robotics Needed to Tackle AI: Expert

Frank Pasquale, University of Maryland law professor and artificial intelligence (AI) expert, shares his thoughts on four new legally-inspired rules that should be applied to robots and AI in our daily lives.


Frank Pasquale
Source: AFP/ Yahoo News
May 16, 2019

Immigrants for the Heartland

In this op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Matthew Slaughter, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, discusses how place-based “heartland” visas could help arrest the decline of high-skilled workers in America.


Matthew J. Slaughter
Source: Wall Street Journal
April 28, 2019

Video Game Effort Could Help Regulate Future Drone Traffic

"The hurdles are not just regulatory. This stuff is very hard to do. I think the Utah project is important because it's a step toward trying to validate that this stuff would work safely." — Ryan Calo, Cyberlaw and Robotics Professor, University of Washington


M. Ryan Calo
Source: ABC News
April 25, 2019
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Automation and Inequality

Economics professors Daron Acemoglu, MIT, and Pascual Restrepo, BU, explain why the US and many industrialized countries are seeing rising wage inequality go hand in hand with modest productivity gains.

Daron Acemoglu and Pascual Restrepo

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Health Information Technology

“Health Information Technology” or Health IT encompasses a wide range of hardware and software products used by patients, doctors, pharmacies, hospitals, insurers or other participants in the healthcare ecosystem to process and store data and communications related to health care.

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Featured Article

European Digital Sovereignty”: Successfully Navigating Between the “Brussels Effect” and Europe’s Quest for Strategic Autonomy

“European digital sovereignty” encompasses regulatory and strategic concerns. The European Union (EU) is the most powerful global actor in digital regulation, though its power is not unlimited.

By: Theodore Christakis