Consultant Larry Downes discusses why the old utility regulatory model has not kept up with the new communications system, with its greater speeds and capacities. In this talk from the 2011 Emerging Communications Conference, he argues that the communications industry cannot succeed if it is forced to deal with slower legal processes.
In Indonesia, warning technology exists to alert people to coming weather catastrophes like tsunamis, but too few people have access to the information. So says Ridwan Djamaluddin, Indonesia's deputy chairman for Natural Resources Development, in this university podcast. He discusses the important role of connection technology in increasing the efficiency of tools and enhancing partnerships between governments and their people. Djamaluddin spoke at the USRio+2.0 Conference, hosted by Stanford.
How important are science, technology, and innovation to international development? They're nothing less than critical for lifting people out of poverty, says Maura O'Neill, chief innovation officer at USAID, in this university podcast. Speaking at the USRio+2.0 Conference hosted at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, O'Neill discusses how connection technologies, in particular, can support sustainable development around the world.
Are you aware of the array of obstacles facing America's broadband policy? Richard Whitt covers how the national broadband plan was affected by the economic meltdowns of 2008 and 2009, court decisions, and other moving parts impacting the future success or failure of America's broadband roll-out efforts.
Can you imagine the U.N. running the internet? The internet has been a Wild West of innovation, fortune-changing, and, yes, job growth, but now regulation steps in, says Daniel Weitzner, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House. Here, he discusses the global open internet and its relation to governments and public perception. He emphasizes the importance of open access to information on the internet for innovation and job growth, yet this is offset by growing trust issues.
How does a country best go about developing radical innovation in a public school system? In Sweden, they have done it through Kunskapsskolan, a creative alternative to standard public schools that charges no fees to its students. In this audio lecture, Peje Emilsson, current chair of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, discusses the reasons for Kunskapsskolan's success both inside and outside of Sweden.
Applying psychology to the realm of politics shows that giving voters a few strategic nudges can push far more people in the direction of polls on election day. In this university podcast, Todd Rogers, Harvard professor and founder of the political research organization Analyst Institute, shares research that shows how "get out the vote" calls can be far more effective in changing behavior when just a few subtle techniques are used. Rogers spoke at the Stanford Prosocial Briefing.
What does it mean to have a deeper, more geographic understanding of our changing world? Tamarat Belayneh says the answer can be found at the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). Its missions is to organize and analyze geographic data to help land planners and resource managers make better use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The importance of such systems is increasingly recognized. ESRI's role is to train people to gather and apply GIS information in new ways.
Do you remember hearing about the massive opposition to SOPA and ACTA? It was a surprising show of unity, and helped temporarily defeat these efforts. Joe Karaganis has been studying global copyright infringement. In a recent report, Joe explains why "piracy" is too easy to stop. He also describes a global problem where less developed countries are prohibited from gaining access to information. In response, he recommends establishing "shadow libraries" to help students everywhere.
In this fiery speech, Christian Bahls speaks out as a voice of reason against the WhiteIT project. WhiteIT is a German initiative that seeks to reduce child pornography on the Internet. Bahls' warning is to look carefully into objectives and goals of the project. His concern is that the initiative is trying to use child pornography as a cover to implement intrusive technologies. In addition, he suggests that the initiative misses the larger problem of preventing child abuse and exploitation.