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The information revolution is remaking the world — transforming the ways we communicate, associate, innovate, and create wealth. These changes are forcing policymakers to rethink outdated concepts and develop new approaches to public policy, from regulation and innovation to civil liberties and national security. AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy (CICT) was created in 2013 to advance policies that encourage innovation, competition, liberty, and growth, creating a positive agenda centered around human freedom.

AEI’s existing body of work on technology issues is extensive, promoting free markets, property rights, and human liberty in technology-related fields such as communications regulation, intellectual property and online privacy. The formation of CICT brings this work together under a unified banner, and represents a significant expansion of work going forward. The center’s work focuses on five main policy areas:

  • Communications Regulation and Broadband: The telecommunications industry has come a long way from the Ma Bell monopoly, but is still regulated by a 20th century public utility commission. How can policy adapt to today’s highly innovative, dynamically competitive communications markets?
  • Intellectual Property: Intellectual property of all kinds is increasingly central to wealth creation. Getting copyright and patent policy “right” — which is to say, defining property rights to maximize innovation, and creating enforcement regimes that efficiently protect those rights — is essential to prosperity in the information economy.
  • Privacy: The growing capacity of both businesses and government to gather and use personal information is transforming the economy, enhancing national security, and raising important questions about civil liberties. The challenge is to capture the benefits without sacrificing personal freedom.
  • Cybersecurity: Modern civilizations depend on the Internet to function. Government and the private sector each have important roles to play in protecting both individuals and key institutions, like banks and electric grids, from malicious attacks. How can they work together to protect online security?
  • Competition in High-Tech Industries: Technological innovation has revolutionized the economy, raised living standards, created miraculous new products, improved the environment and reduced prices. For the most part, these achievements have occurred in highly concentrated industries, yet antitrust regulators still mistakenly associate concentration with high prices and poor performance.
The CICT Team
Jeffrey Eisenach
Visiting scholar
Director of the Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology PolicyJeffrey Eisenach is a visiting scholar at AEI. Eisenach has served in senior positions at the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of Management and Budget. At AEI, he focuses on policies affecting the information technology sector, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Eisenach is also a senior vice president at NERA Economic Consulting and an adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Law, where he teaches Regulated Industries. He writes on a wide range of issues, including industrial organization, communications policy and the Internet, government regulations, labor economics, and public finance. He has also taught at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Claude Barfield
Resident ScholarClaude Barfield, a former consultant to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, researches international trade policy (including trade policy in China and East Asia), the World Trade Organization (WTO), intellectual property, and science and technology policy. His many books include “Free Trade, Sovereignty, Democracy: The Future of the World Trade Organization” (AEI Press, 2001), in which he identifies challenges to the WTO and to the future of trade liberalization.

Richard Bennett
Visiting FellowRichard Bennett has a 30-year background in network engineering and standards. He was vice-chair of the IEEE 802.3 task group that devised the original Ethernet over Twisted Pair standard, and has contributed to WiFi standards for 15 years. He was active in OSI, the instigator of RFC 1001, and founder, along with Bob Metcalfe, of the Open Token Foundation, the first network industry alliance to operate an interoperability lab. He has worked for leading applied research labs, where portions of his work were underwritten by DARPA. Richard is also the inventor of four networking patents and a member of the BITAG Technical Working Group.

Mike Daniels
Visiting FellowMike Daniels has served in senior advisory positions at the White House and the National Security Council and held positions with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and UNESCO. He currently serves as chairman of the Logistics Management Institute and Invincea Inc. He writes on a wide range of issues, including Internet security, privacy, and technology policy, and is coauthor of “Names, Numbers and Network Solutions: The Monetization of the Internet” (2013). He has also served as chairman or on the board of directors for more than 20 prominent technology organizations and councils.

James K. Glassman
Visiting FellowA scholar, diplomat and journalist, Glassman rejoins AEI after having served as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs during which time he led America’s public diplomacy outreach and inaugurated the use of new Internet technology in these efforts, an approach he christened “Public Diplomacy 2.0.” He was also chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the independent federal agency that oversees all U.S. government non-military international broadcasting. Most recently, Glassman was instrumental in the creation of the George W. Bush Institute where he remains the founding executive director.

Babette Boliek
Visiting Fellow with AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology PolicyBabette Boliek is an associate professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law where she teaches a variety of courses including Communications Law, Antitrust, Contracts and Corporations. Her emphasis on law and economics is apparent in Boliek’s doctoral and subsequent writings that present theoretical and quantitative analyses of legal issues in the fields of communications, administrative, and antitrust law with particular focus on the effects of regulations on the U.S. telecommunication industry.

Bronwyn Howell
Visiting Fellow with AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology PolicyBronwyn Howell is general manager for the New Zealand Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation and a faculty member of Victoria Business School, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Building on both her formal education in economics and public policy, and her experience as a practitioner in the information technology sector in New Zealand and internationally, Bronwyn researches, teaches and writes on a broad range of matters concerning the Information Economy.

Gus Hurwitz
Visiting Fellow with AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications and Technology PolicyJustin (Gus) Hurwitz, visiting fellow at AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy, is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska College of Law, where he teaches telecommunications law, cyberlaw, law and economics, and other regulation-related subjects. He has a particular expertise in telecommunications law and technology.

Roslyn Layton
Visiting Fellow with AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology PolicyRoslyn Layton, Ph.D. Fellow, is an American who studies internet economics at the Center for Communication, Media, and Information Technologies (CMI) at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark. Roslyn is a part of Denmark’s Industrial Ph.D. program, a special initiative of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education to support research of both academic and commercial value and to facilitate knowledge transfer between Denmark and the rest of the world.

Daniel Lyons
Visiting Fellow with AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology PolicyDaniel Lyons is an assistant professor at Boston College Law School, where he specializes in telecommunications and Internet regulation, as well as administrative law. Throughout his career, he has focused on interesting and thorny questions at the intersection of law and technology. He is a frequent commentator on telecommunications issues and has spoken at workshops nationwide on net neutrality, Internet regulation, and the effects of technology convergence on telecommunications law.

Timothy J. Muris
Adjunct ScholarTimothy J. Muris is a George Mason University Professor of Law who has served as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (2000-2004), created the National Do Not Call Registry, and is Of Counsel at Kirland & Ellis LLP.

Paul H. Rubin
Adjunct ScholarPaul H. Rubin is senior fellow at the Technology Policy Institute and has written or edited seven books, published over one hundred articles and chapters, and is also a Dobbs Professor of Economics and Law at Emory University in Atlanta.

David Schoenbrod
Visting ScholarDavid Schoenbrod teaches environmental law at New York Law School and is currently examining how Congress could restructure environmental statutes so that their objectives could be achieved more effectively and efficiently.

Bret Swanson
Visiting Fellow with AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology PolicyBret Swanson is president of Entropy Economics LLC, a strategic research firm specializing in technology, innovation, and the global economy. He advises investors and technology companies, focusing on the Internet ecosystem and the broadband networks and applications that drive it. Swanson is also a scholar at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, where, since 2005, his research has centered on economic growth and policies that encourage it.

Shane Tews
Visiting Fellow with AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology PolicyShane Tews is the Chief Policy Officer at 463 Communications, where she works closely with the principals and account managers as a senior advisor in the development of the strategic policy approach and manages many of the firm’s relationships with Congress, the Administration, Think Tanks, and Trade Associations.

Christopher S. Yoo
Adjunct ScholarChristopher S. Yoo is the John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania Law School focusing on how the principles of network engineering and the economics of imperfect competition can provide insights into the regulation of electronic communications.

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