Upcoming Events

Monthly Virtual Seminars

The webinars are co-sponsored bythe International Media Management Academic Association (IMMAA) and the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI).

Forthcoming Speakers:

January 13, 11am-12pm
Vint Cerf, "Father of the Internet", and VP/ Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

Vint will briefly review history and the policy issues that have arisen with the growth of the Internet and its new applications, looking ahead to the impact and implications on internet companies and others.

To register visit: https://vintcerfciti.eventbrite.com

February 3, 11am-12pm
Jaron Lanier, pioneer of virtual reality technology and applications


To register, visit: https://citiimmaalanier.eventbrite.com

March 3, 11am-12pm
John Rose, Managing Director for the Media Practice, and Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group


To register, visit: https://citiimmaarose.eventbrite.com

April 7, 11am-12pm
Ulrike Röhn, Professor of Media Economics and Management, Tallinn University, Estonia; President of European Media Management Association (emma), 2016-2021.


To register, visit: https://citiimmaarohn.eventbrite.com

May 5, 11am-12pm
Thomas Hess, Professor of Information Systems & Management; Director, Institute for Digital Management and New Media, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München


To register, visit: https://citiimmaahess.eventbrite.com

June 2, 11am-12pm
Robert McChesney, Professor of Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


To register, visit: https://mcchesneyciti.eventbrite.com

July 7, 11am-12pm
Robert Picard, Senior Research Fellow, Reuters Institute, University of Oxford. (TBC.)

Recent Events

November 4, 2021
Julia Cagé      

Associate Professor of Economics, Sciences Po, Paris; CEPR Research Fellow

Julia Cagé is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at Sciences Po Paris, and a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in Public Economics, Industrial Organization and Economic History. She is also co-director of the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP)’s “Evaluation of Democracy” research group. Her research interests focus on political economy, economic history, industrial organization and development. Julia is particularly interested in media economics, political participation and political attitudes, and has already authored two books on the subject: Saving the Media. Capitalism, Crowdfunding and Democracy (2015), and L’Information à tout prix (2017). Saving the Media was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Best Book on Media of the 2016 edition of the “Prix des Assises du Journalisme”. Her most recent book, The Price of Democracy (2020), scrutinizes contemporary democracy and proposes radical new solutions for political funding. 

October 7, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT
Christopher Yoo
Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science, University of Pennsylvania

Yoo is Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science as well as the Founding Director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition.  He has emerged as one of the world’s leading authorities on law and technology. One of the most cited scholars in administrative and regulatory law as well as intellectual property, he has authored five books and over 100 scholarly works. Further detail can be found below.

His work focuses on investigating innovative ways to connect more people to the Internet; comparing antitrust law in China, Europe and the US; and analyzing the technical determinants of optimal interoperability. 

In his talk, Professor Yoo addressed the following topic: Media and competition policymakers around the world have become increasingly concerned about “big data,” which leads them to focus on the amount of consumer information they are able to obtain and control in the abstract. But what exactly do we mean by the “data market” and by market power in it? This presentation deconstructed different types and attributes of data, how their value depends on the business model to which they are being applied, and the inevitable role of diminishing marginal returns.

Cybersecurity in DFS: The Next 6 Years
September 30, 2021, 9:30am – 11:00am

The Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, as part of its Digital Financial Services Observatory project, hosted a webinar to discuss what the future of cybersecurity in the DFS field will look like. The DFSO team, along with invited thought leaders, explored innovation and future expectations in cybersecurity and the DFS ecosystem. 

Some of the areas of coverage include:

  • What are the most pressing issues and cyber-attacks faced by the DFS ecosystem that must be addressed in the short-term, the next 1-2 years? What lurks on the horizon in the long term, from years 3-6?
  • Literacy, numeracy, and financial and digital literacy are ever-present challenges in DFS. Given a growing presence of a younger, more tech-savvy generation appearing in low and middle income countries, what are your expectations regarding this younger demographic’s impact? Where do you perceive the greatest challenges appearing in the future in the effort to increase financial inclusion, digital literacy and cyber capacity and how might they be addressed?
  • What multinational, regional and global collaboration and practices are and should we expect to see formed to thwart challenging current and new forms of cyber attacks? 
  • Innovation
    • What new technologies are being used / developed to combat fraud and cyber breaches?
    • How can AI and machine learning aid in this effort and can this (and regulatory sandboxes) help spawn cost effective solutions?
    • What might be the impact of quantum computing?

September 2, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT
Andrea Prat 
Professor of Business and Economics, Columbia University

Andrea Prat is the Richard Paul Richman Professor at Columbia University. His work focuses on organizational economics and political economy. His current research in organizational economics explores – through theoretical modeling, field experiments, and data analysis – issues such as incentive provision, corporate leadership, employee motivation, and organizational language. His work attempts to define and measure the influence of the media industry on the democratic process. Recent articles in this area include: “Media Power” in Journal of Political Economy (2018) and “Measuring and Protecting Media Plurality in the Digital Age” Knight First Amendment Institute (2020). He served as Chairman and Managing Editor of the Review of Economic Studies.

Tuesday August 17, 2021, 9:00am-12:30pm EDT
Leading Topics, Trends and Innovation in Cybersecurity and Digital Financial Services (DFS)

Leading industry experts, thought leaders and academics came together for a half day exploration of three significant topics of current interest in digital financial services and cybersecurity: the gender divide in DFS and diversity in the cybersecurity profession; notable trends through and beyond the pandemic; the intersection of blockchain, digital currencies and cybersecurity.

Welcome, Address, and the DFSO Actionable Cybersecurity Risk Management Framework
9:00 – 9:30am EDT (New York)

  • Prof. Eli Noam, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) and Columbia University
  • Leon Perlman, Former CITI, Columbia University
  • Keith Bowie, CITI & Columbia University, A. Research Scholar

The Gender Divide and Diversity in Cybersecurity & DFS
9:30 – 10:25am 

  • Dr. Rebecca Wright, (moderator) Columbia University, Druckenmiller professor of Computer Science, director of Vagelos Computational Science Center at Barnard
  • Jaya Baloo, Avast, Chief Information Security Officer
  • Lesly Goh, World Bank Group, Chief Technology Officer and Director of Enterprise Architecture and Technology
  • Taylor Grossman, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Research Analyst in the Cyber Policy Initiative
  • Brencil Kaimba, Serianu, Head of Product Strategy and Partnership Development and ISACA Kenya, Membership Director

Trends, Initiatives & Innovation in Cybersecurity in DFS: The Pandemic & Beyond
10:30 – 11:25am 

  • Simon Hunt, (moderator) Mastercard, Executive Vice President, Cyber Security Product Innovation
  • Cynthia Wright, MITRE Corporation - Principal, Cyber Strategy & Policy at the MITRE Corporation
  • Amit Kachnia-Patel, FBI, Supervisory Special Agent
  • Anna Collard, KnowBe4, SVP Content Strategy & Evangelist and Founder of Popcorn Training
  • Anup Singh, Microsave, Partner

Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Digital Currencies & DFS
11:30am -12:25pm 

  • Sandra Ro, (moderator) Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), CEO
  • Sunayna Tuteja, U.S. Federal Reserve, Chief Innovation Officer
  • Joshua Klayman, Linklaters, U.S. Head of Fintech and Head of Blockchain and Digital Assets
  • Paul Marrinnan, TRM Labs, Blockchain Intelligence
  • R.A. Farrokhnia, Columbia Business School, Executive Director Dean’s Office, Adjust Associate Professor of Business

Final Thoughts
12:25 – 12:30pm

  • Michael Wechsler, CITI & Columbia University, A. Research Scholar

August 5, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT
Luis Cabral     
Professor of Economics and International Business, New York University

Luis Cabral is the Paganelli-Bull Professor of Economics and International Business and the Chair of the Economic Department at NYU’s Stern School of Business. Prof. Cabral's research is focused on the dynamics of firm competition, both from the antitrust and the strategy perspectives. His research topics include networks and network effects; corporate reputation; and a focus on media and entertainment industries. In addition to numerous journal articles, he is the author of Introduction to Industrial Organization, a textbook translated and adopted by universities in dozens of countries worldwide. From 2004-2009, he was a member of European Commission President Barroso's Group of Economic Policy Analysis (a group of 12 members).

July 1, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT
Sherry Turkle  
Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, MIT

Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT and the founding director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. Turkle writes on the “subjective side” of people’s relationships with technology, especially computers. She is an expert on culture and therapy, mobile technology, social networking, and sociable robotics. A licensed clinical psychologist, she is the author of six books, including the brand-new The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir (Penguin, 2021), which ties together her personal story with her groundbreaking research on technology, empathy, and ethics. Her other books include the New York Times bestsellers

  • Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age;
  • Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other;
  • The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit;
  • Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet; and Simulation and Its Discontents.

Professor Turkle is a Ms. Magazine “Woman of the Year”, a TED speaker, a featured media commentator, the recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller Humanities fellowships, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Monday & Tuesday June 28 & 29, 2021
Webinar with the Columbia-IBMCenter for Blockchain and Data Transparency
"Blockchain’s Role in the Privacy and Security of Video Distribution and Usage"

CITI has had a long history working on both the topics of Blockchain and video.  We recently published two volumes on the future of video and have been engaged over the last 6 years in researching digital financial services, which has led to us publishing several papers on Blockchain and the cryptoeconomy. We now seek to merge these two topics, as we have observed that there is a growing confluence between the two, and Blockchain could solve many issues we identified in the future of video.

Using Blockchain to Secure Future Video Distribution

  •  Verification of authenticity of videos and stills, protection against deep fakes
  •  Protections and authentications of content for copyright purposes
  • Protection of advertisers against industrialized click-fraud
  • Securing a decentralized repository of global IP registration
  • Access control for content, interactive video, storage, and for video meetings

Insuring User Privacy Through Blockchain

  • Privacy protection of a user’s media consumption and transactions from platforms and advertisers
  • Protection of viewer choices and user-generated content in authoritarian countries 
  • Securing user data gathered by video providers

Future Payment Systems for Video Enabled by Blockchain

  • Securing the financial flow of content payment and creator compensation, 
  • The use of automated smart-contracts 
  • Advertising Supported Video in a Blockchain Video Environment
  • Taxation of Video Systems in a Blockchain System

Balancing New Regulation with Innovation: Blockchain-supported Video Distribution

  • Balancing liability amongst various players in a Blockchain-delivered video environment
  • Balancing privacy with other societal goals 
  • Balancing access security with the free flow of information

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