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November 12, 2013 – Michael D. Smith, Professor of Information Systems and Marketing and Co-Director of the Initiative for Digital Entertainment Analytics at Carnegie Mellon University, has joined the Technology Policy Institute as an Adjunct Senior Fellow. Smith’s research focuses on firm and consumer behavior in online markets – specifically markets for digital information and digital media products. Recent papers authored by Professor Smith and his colleagues include “Piracy and Copyright Enforcement,” and “Gone in 60 Seconds: The Impact of the Megaupload Shutdown on Movie Sales.”
“Mike Smith is one of the leading scholars doing rigorous empirical work on the impact of piracy on the creative industries. His work is fundamental for any informed discussion of the effectiveness of anti-piracy measures,” stated TPI president Tom Lenard. “We are delighted that he will be joining us and lending his expertise to the Washington debates.”
Smith has received several awards for his teaching and research including the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER Research Award. He was also selected as one of the top 100 “emerging engineering leaders in the United States” by the National Academy of Engineering. His research has been published in leading professional journals and has been covered by press outlets including The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Wired and Business Week. Smith has also served on the editorial boards of a variety of academic journals.
Prior to receiving his Ph.D., Smith worked in the telecommunications and information systems industries, first with GTE in their laboratories and subsequently with Booz Allen and Hamilton as a member of their telecommunications client service team. While with GTE, Smith was awarded a patent for research applying fuzzy logic and artificial intelligence techniques to the design and operation of telecommunications networks. He received a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering (summa cum laude) and a Masters of Science in Telecommunications Science from the University of Maryland, and received a Ph.D. in Management Science from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
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