Can US leadership in tech survive the meltdown?

8 03 2009

PFC & JDA seek your comments!





Reforming the FCC — Provocative paper and responses

8 03 2009

http://fcc-reform.org/response/notes-reforming-federal-communications-commission

Record of a conference held by Public Knowledge and Silicon Flatirons 5th January 2009 on the occasion of Phil Weiser’s paper “FCC Reform and the Future of Telecommunications Policy”





Global Adoption of Mobile Phones

8 03 2009

An intriguing paper on the global adoption of mobile phones released by Harvard’s Program on Information Resources Policy.

Kalba, Kas
The Global Adoption and Diffusion of Mobile Phones
[112 pages; December 2008/Research Report]

This report assesses the drivers of mobile phone diffusion and adoption across the world. It addresses demand- and supply-side factors and provides an outlook on the diffusion process going forward, as mobile networks may accommodate 2 or 3 billion more users in addition to today’s 3–4 billion subscribers and users. While offering a general analysis, the report attempts to explain why mobile penetration has been higher in Western Europe than in the United States, in China than in India, and in Eastern Europe than in Latin America. Inputs to the report have included two cross-country databases (compiled by Merrill Lynch and ITU [International Telecommunications Union]), the author’s field studies of mobile adoption in more than twenty countries, and the comments of reviewers of earlier drafts.

The Acrobat PDF version can be downloaded or printed at: http://pirp.harvard.edu/pubs_pdf/kalba/kalba-p08-1.pdf





Who owns an individual’s personal data?

8 03 2009

Please feel free to post relevant links as well as comments.  Here is one to start things rolling. JDA/PFC

Zuckerberg On Who Owns User Data On Facebook: It’s Complicated
http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/02/16/zuckerberg-on-who-owns-user-data-on-facebook-its-complicated/





Peter, Jonathan, and Don welcome your comments, critiques, and corrections!

4 03 2009