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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 These changes are forcing policymakers to rethink outdated concepts and develop new approaches to public policy, from regulation and innovation to civil liberties and national security.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.
Director of the Center for Information Communications and Technology Policy
Economist Jeffrey Eisenach has served in senior positions at the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of Management and Budget. As a visiting scholar at AEI, he focuses on policies affecting the information technology sector, innovation and entrepreneurship. Eisenach is also a managing director and a principal at Navigant Economics 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, 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 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.
A 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.
Timothy 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 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 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.
Christopher 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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