Why this website
My goal is to explain in everyday language key issues about the internet from economics and policy perspectives. I want to make a complex topic more accessible and help the reader make up his or her own mind about important questions about the internet.
The internet is an increasingly important part of our life, but many of us take its growing complexity for granted. In fact, the more complex it becomes, the less interested many people are to learn about it. This is exactly the moment that we need to dig in and investigate.
Because the internet is transforming our lives, it is understandable, indeed desirable, that there should be a public debate. However, discussions about the internet are highly politicized. Even facts are politicized. Indeed, two economists can look at the same set of data and come to different conclusions. Even if this debate is difficult, we need to have it, and the discussions needs to include different perspectives.
Another goal of this website is to provide a resource for journalists, opinion leaders, and the broader public who otherwise are less familiar with how the internet works. Academics have an important role to play to help educate journalists, and journalists in turn write interesting and important stories for the public. This collaboration is a vital process of democracy; thus this website’s educational foundation is intended to inform a free exchange of ideas.
Every person has a bias, values and life experiences that inform one’s beliefs. I value freedom, education, transparency, and the rule of law. My writing is informed by the fact that I have worked and studied in many countries and understand that there is a world outside of the United States. Before entering academe, I worked in a number of industries and capacities including software/ICT, digital marketing, consulting, banking, tourism, and non-profits. I was born in Pittsburgh, PA. I studied at universities in Washington, D.C., Japan, China, Mexico, Brazil and the Netherlands. In addition to working in Silicon Valley, I have been employed in India, Holland and Denmark, and my assignments as a consultant have taken me to even more countries. My hope is that this diverse set of experience helps me to be a better evaluator.
Economics doesn’t have the answer for everything, but it helps us ask the right questions and offers tools to evaluate the pros and cons of potential decisions. Part and parcel of this is the concept of trade offs. Supplying unlimited wants with limited resources is the domain of economics.
There are many issues in internet economics and policy, but right now broadband internet is at the forefront. Therefore I provide a number of blog entries to help enlighten this topic.
Following are my disclosures about my academic and professional affiliations. I am not a member of any political party. I don’t own stock in any internet or telecom company. My compensation comes partly from a program in the Danish government and partly from Strand Consult. The views of this website are my own.
This is a special program of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education in Denmark to support research of both academic and commercial value and to facilitate knowledge transfer between Denmark and the rest of the world. The program is open to any graduate student provided that he or she is employed by a Danish company, attends a Danish university, and has the minimum academic qualifications. I am part of this program with my affiliation with Aalborg University and Strand Consult.
Aalborg University, Center for Communication, Media and Information Technologies (CMI), Ph.D. Fellow
CMI’s mission is to explore and develop the potential of new converging communication, media and information technologies and associated platforms (mobile, Internet, digital TV, etc.) and to offer competences and expertise to companies and public institutions within this area. CMI is a cross-disciplinary center under the Department of Electronic Systems at Aalborg University. CMI is located in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Strand Consult, an independent company, produces strategic reports, research notes and workshops on the mobile telecom industry. It is comprised of a team of experts on various mobile topics (smartphones, mobile broadband, mobile mast, value added services, MVNO, prepaid digital strategy). Strand Consult tells the truth about the mobile industry, including negative and critical assessments of operators when it is warranted.
TechPolicyDaily.com offers informed, fresh perspectives on key technology policy issues. I contribute with blogs along with a group of leading international experts in the fields of telecom, privacy, cybersecurity, and intellectual property. TechPolicyDaily.com is the voice of American Enterprise Institute’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy.
The American Economic Association, a leading organization for economists, encourages economic research, publishes journals on economics, and supports non-partisan discussions of economics.
The OneMBA is the truly global executive MBA. It is a fully accredited master’s degree program carried out in 5 leading universities on 5 continents. I served as President of the OneMBA Alumni Association in 2011-2012, an alumni comprising 1000 business executives. The universities include Kenan-Flagler Business School of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University (Netherlands), Tecnológico de Monterrey Graduate School of Business Administration and Leadership (EGADE-Mexico), and Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo da Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV-EAESP-Brazil).
I graduated cum laude with an undergraduate degree from the School of International Service the the American University (AU). My academic focus was economics and Japanese language.
Ritsumeikan University is a sister school to the American University. I studied Japanese language and culture at this fine university in the one of the world’s most important historic cities.
As a high school student, I had the privilege to study in Japan on a scholarship from the United States Senate. This is a fantastic program run by Youth For Understanding (YFU), a non-profit international educational organization with programs in 64 countries. One of the world’s oldest, largest, and most respected exchange organizations, YFU has exemplified excellence in exchange worldwide since 1951.