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IoT, Innovation, and the Impact of Infrastructure Developments: Research Roundup, June 2018

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*The Research Roundup is a semi-regular list of outside research we have found interesting and think is worth sharing. The views and conclusions of the papers’ authors do not necessarily reflect the opinions of anyone affiliated with TPI.*   The articles detailed in this month’s Research Roundup touch on the relationship between broadband infrastructure and economic growth, the increasing role of artificial intelligence in the global economy, and the need to balance convenience, security, and moral principles in Internet of Things (IoT) applications. In their piece titled Ethical Design in the […]

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“The FCC and the New Telecom and Media Landscape: A Conversation with Comm Daily Reporters Jonathan Make and David Kaut” (Two Think Minimum Podcast)

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Two Think Minimum Podcast Transcript Episode 009: “The FCC and the New Telecom and Media Landscape: A Conversation with Comm Daily Reporters Jonathan Make and David Kaut” Recorded on June 7, 2018 https://soundcloud.com/two-think-minimum/chatter-from-communications-daily-with-jonathan-make-and-david-kaut Sarah:  Hi and welcome back to TPI’s podcast, Two Think Minimum. It’s Thursday, June 7th, 2018, and I’m TPI Research Fellow, Sarah Oh. Today we’re excited to talk with two of the most knowledgeable journalists covering telecom policy, Jonathan Make and David Kaut, from Communications Daily. Jonathan is the editor of Communications Daily and in his spare […]

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Fintech, AI, and the Effects of Next-Generation Infrastructure: Research Roundup May 2018

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*The Research Roundup is a semi-regular list of outside research we have found interesting and think is worth sharing. The views and conclusions of the papers’ authors do not necessarily reflect the opinions of anyone affiliated with TPI.*   This month, the Research Roundup reflects the breadth of issues relevant to technology policy. The articles presented below cover topics ranging from financial technology to use of net neutrality to ethical questions associated with algorithms.   We highlight in particular an NBER working paper that finds that using consumers’ “digital footprints” across […]

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Artificial Intelligence and its Implications for Income Distribution and Unemployment – Economic and Policy Implications of AI, Blog Post #3

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The following is a summary of Artificial Intelligence and its Implications for Income Distribution and Unemployment by Antonin Korinek and Joseph E. Stiglitz. This paper was presented at the Technology Policy Institute Conference on The Economics and Policy Implications of Artificial Intelligence, February 22, 2018.   In Artificial Intelligence and its Implications for Income Distribution and Unemployment, Anton Korinek and Joseph E. Stiglitz focus on a key economic challenge associated with increased use of AI: its effects on income distribution in the context of the future of work. They discuss four […]

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Want to Learn about the App Economy? There’s a Senate Subcommittee Hearing for That

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TPI’s Dr. Sarah Oh appeared as one of the Witnesses The Senate Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet hosted a hearing on the app economy on May 15, 2018. The hearing, “There’s an App for that: Trends in Mobile Technologies,” examined the growth and future of the $950 billion app economy. TPI Research Fellow, Dr. Sarah Oh, was one of the witnesses. During her opening statement as well as through her answers to the senators’ questions, Dr. Oh made a compelling case about the need for a flourishing […]

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Smart Technology, Smart People, Smart Cities: Research Roundup April 2018

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*The Research Roundup is a semi-regular list of outside research we have found interesting and think is worth sharing. The views and conclusions of the papers’ authors do not necessarily reflect the opinions of anyone affiliated with TPI.*   This month’s articles detail a growing trend: the application of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data in public management and urban governance. In his work, Where and When AI and CI Meet, Stefaan G. Verhulst discusses the opportunities and challenges that arise when new and emerging technologies like AI are deployed in […]

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“Tech News in Washington, D.C. with Rob Pegoraro” (Two Think Minimum Podcast)

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Two Think Minimum Podcast Transcript Episode 008: “Tech News in Washington, D.C. with Rob Pegoraro” Recorded on April 10, 2018 Chris: Hello, and welcome back to TPI’s podcast, Two Think Minimum. I’m Chris McGurn, TPI’s Director of Communications. Each week on this podcast we facilitate a conversation between TPI fellows and special guests on some of the most pressing and important issues in tech policy and tech politics. Today, we have with us, Rob Pegoraro, who is a tech journalist of long standing in the DC area and has been […]

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Do Algorithms Rule the World? Algorithmic Decision-Making and Data Protection in the Framework of the GDPR and Beyond – Economic and Policy Implications of AI, Blog Post #2

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The following is a summary of Do Algorithms Rule the World? Algorithmic Decision-Making and Data Protection in the Framework of the GDPR and Beyond by Dr. Maja Brkan. This paper was presented at the Technology Policy Institute Conference on The Economics and Policy Implications of Artificial Intelligence, February 22, 2018.   Every second of every day, algorithms make decisions. They may be determining credit scores, tailoring advertising to a target demographic, or undertaking any number of tasks that turn information into outputs. As technology advances, algorithms and automated reasoning become more […]

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A Paradigm for Assessing the Scope and Performance of Predictive Analytics – Economic and Policy Implications of AI, Blog Post #1

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The following is a summary of A Paradigm for Assessing the Scope and Performance of Predictive Analytics, by Jeffrey T. Prince. This paper was presented at the Technology Policy Institute Conference on The Economics and Policy Implications of Artificial Intelligence, February 22, 2018.   As use of artificial intelligence (AI) in academic and industry research has increased over the past decade, so too has use and discussion of “predictive analytics” techniques. Predictive analytics, or the use of data and AI to predict future events, is one key to making machine […]

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Do Likes of Trump’s Tweets Predict His Popularity?

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As Benjamin Franklin famously said, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes, and tweets by President Trump.” Even after more than 14 months in office, we react like a flock of startled chickens each time another presidential tweet lands with a thud in our midst. The best and brightest among us try to parse meaning from these 140-280 character missives until the next tweet sends us off clucking in surprise once again. Looking for meaning in any given tweet might be a fool’s errand, […]

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