Technology is all around us. But what physical and digital structures actually make up this infrastructure? Furthermore, what sort of implications does the management and control of digital infrastructure have on society and the economy at large?
Despite its centrality to the functioning of society, the technology that governs contracts, transactions, and record keeping has not kept up with the digital transformation of the economy. Blockchain, however, has the potential to change all that – that is, if it can overcome multiple barriers to adoption. In this article for HBR, DI professors Marco Iansiti and Karim Lakhani share what it would really take for blockchain to become the revolutionary technology everyone hopes it will be.
Adtech is broken. This is the central tenant of founding director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism Emily Bell’s view on the state of journalism today. With the worrying rise of the role of online advertising in political machinations, Bell argues those in the adtech know have been at best unaware and at worst complicit in failing to raise the alarm about the implications of these powerful technologies. What role do advertisers and brands have to play in developing a healthy democracy? It turns out quite a lot.
Governments have turned to export controls to block the international transfer of malicious software and limit its harmful effects. However, these export controls are failing to check the spread of malware for a variety of reasons. This proposal from the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs highlights 10 recommendations for things states could be doing to address the spread of malicious software instead.
In this talk from our 2017 Digital Transformation Summit, Chiara Farronato an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and Andrei Hagiu a visiting Associate Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at MIT Sloan School of Management moderated the panel.
In this flash talk from our 2017 Future Assembly conference, Dongmyun Lee from KT Corporation (formerly Korea Telecom) shares KT’s experience moving into and trying to establish a business model in the GiGA-infrastructure commodity market.
Presented at the Digital Initiative 2017 Future Assembly, in this flash talk, Professor Ben Edelman from Harvard Business School explored the issue of “spontaneous deregulation” – when a company deregulating itself by ignoring the laws that disallow its planned activity.
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