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CITI Fellows Seminar: Richard Whitt

January 6, 2020

Richard Whitt, Fellow in Residence with the Mozilla Foundation, and Senior Fellow with the Georgetown Institute for Technology Law and Policy, “Glia Foundation project on building a new and trustworthy Web ecosystem.”

CITI Fellows Seminar: Blair Levin

February 3, 2020

Blair Levin, fmr. Chief of Staff to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt  and Executive Director of the Gig.U project. “10 years after the National Broadband Plan”


February 7, 2020

The Columbia Institute for Tele-Information’s 7th Digital Finance Summit brought together some of the world’s leading experts and regulators to discuss the innovation and trends impacting financial ecosystems around the world.

Attendees learned about the impact of blockchain technology, crypto-currencies, and fintech on payments, banking, and compliance. Fintech investors and innovators provided insight into what they see as the trending focus areas.

Expert panels discussed the implications of new cybersecurity threats, the needs for new types of regulations, new identity systems, as well as emerging technologies such as quantum computing and artificial intelligence.

Speakers included:

  • Dr. Leon Perlman – Head, DFS Observatory, Columbia University
  • F. Christopher Calabia – Senior Advisor for Supervisory & Regulatory Policy and Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Linda Lacewell – Superintendent, New York State Department of Financial Services
  • Jeff Horowitz – Chief Compliance Officer, Coinbase
  • Puneet Singhvi – Managing Director, Citi
  • Donna Redel – Adjunct Professor, Fordham University, School of Law
  • Dr. Michael Gronager – CEO and Co-Founder, Chainalysis
  • Yossi Hasson – Managing Director, Techstars Blockchain Accelerator
  • Bruce Lincoln – Co-Founder, Silicon Harlem
  • Sunil Madhu – CEO and Founder, Instnt
  • Samantha Roady – Chief Operating Officer, MoneyLion
  • Kimberly Quinones – Director of Government Affairs, GBBC
  • Bartek Ringwelski – Partner, Core Innovation Capital
  • Michael Moro – CEO, Genesis
  • Seth Masters – Member, NY Angels
  • Monica Brand – Partner, Quona Capital
  • Drew Propson – Lead, Financial Services, World Economic Forum
  • Ravi Aurora – SVP Global Policy Affairs & Community Relations, Mastercard
  • Lesly Goh – Senior Technology Advisor, World Bank Group
  • Yelena Reznikova – Partnerships, Plaid
  • Ayeesha Sachedina – Head of Cross Product Solutions, Bank of America
  • Sunayna Tuteja – Head of Digital Assets and DLT, TD Ameritrade
  • Elizabeth M. Renieris – Fellow, Berkman Klein Center, Harvard University
  • Prof. Jeannette Wing – Avanessians Director, Data Science Institute, Columbia University
  • Matthew Davie – Chief Strategy Officer, Kiva
  • David Medine – Senior Financial Sector Specialist, CGAP
  • Kinga Partyka – Strategic Accounts Lead and Client Facing Data Scientist, DataRobot
  • Joshua Klayman – U.S. Head of FinTech and Head of Blockchain and Digital Assets, Linklaters
  • Prof. Aaron Wright – Associate Clinical Professor, Director of Cardozo Blockchain Project, Cardozo Law School
  • Daphna A. Waxman – Senior Attorney, Cyber Unit of the Division of Enforcement, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Melissa Netram – Chief Innovation Officer and DirectorLabCFTC, US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
  • Matthew Homer – Executive Deputy Superintendent of Research and Innovation Division, NYS Department of Finance Services
  • Dara Duguay – CEO, Creditbuilders Alliance
  • Karen Miller – Global Head, Leadership and Diversity, Womens World Banking
  • Amr Ahmad – Head of the Financial Inclusion Unit, Central Bank of Jordan
  • Evelyn Stark – Assistant Vice President, Financial Inclusion, Metlife Foundation
  • Stella Klemperer – Strategy Manager, Flourish
  • Alex Schlager – Executive Director, Security Services, Verizon
  • Amit Kachhia-Patel – Supervisory Special Agent, FBI
  • Jason Healey – Senior Research Scholar, School of International Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • Cassandra Lentchner – Senior Counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Katheryn Rosen – Managing Director, Technology & Cybersecurity Policy and Partnerships, JP Morgan Chase
  • Lesly Goh – Senior Technology Advisor, World Bank Group

Cybersecurity and Gender

February 27, 2020

A discussion of cybersecurity issues relating to gender, such as those faced by women.

PresenterSamikshya Siwakoti, DFSO

CITI Fellows Seminar: Paul Triolo

March 2, 2020

Paul Triolo, Head of Eurasia Goup’s Geo-Technology Practice. “U.S. Obsession with Huawei Spells Doom for Tech Globalization.”

Regulatory Sandboxes: Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead

March 10, 2020

An examination and exploration of the operation of regulatory sandboxes, also known as fintech sandboxes, appearing around the globe. The webinar enumerated and summarized some lessons learned during the first few years of operations and peered ahead to discuss what is appearing on the horizon.

Presenter: Ivo Jenik, CGAP

Virtual Roundtable: Trends in Anti-Money Laundering and Fraud

March 26, 2020

Topics of coverage:

  • Fraud
  • Blockchain
  • Crypto-currency
  • Regulation and regulatory responses

Speakers included:

  • Nirvana Patel - SVP, Citigroup 
  • Shawn Polonet - Assistant Special Agentin Charge, HSI
  • Sandra Ro - CEO, Global Blockchain Business Council
  • Liat Shetret CAMS - Senior Advisor Crypto Policy & Regulation, Elliptic

CITI Fellows Seminar: Robert Picard

April 6, 2020

Robert Picard. “The Gathering Storm: Digital Media, Platforms, and Antitrust Enforcement”

Bottlenecks or Grace Under Pressure: The Telecom and Internet Infrastructure's Performance Under the Coronavirus Shock

April 30, 2020

As the global quarantine caused by COVID-19 continues, internet usage for work, personal communications, and entertainment has soared. While the networks around the globe have held up for the first month, cracks have started to show. As a result, European regulators have asked Netflix and YouTube to reduce quality to lighten bandwidth consumption. Similarly, companies are advising employees to turn off their cameras during web conferencing to reduce usage. 

CITI Fellows Seminar: Group Discussion

May 4, 2020

CITI Fellows Group Discussion. “How has the telecom/internet/media infrastructure accommodated the pandemic? & What in telecom/internet/media has the pandemic changed?”

The Impact of COVID-19 on Investments in Media and ICT

May 14, 2020

This webinar addressed the following:

  • In the short-term, what level of funding do media and ICT companies need to survive and  grow again? 
  • Is private funding available in today's environment?  
  • What kind of long-term investments are likely to be on the private and public agendas?
  • Is there a role for public investments? 
  • What are the lessons from 2008/9?
  • If stimulus funding is provided, what types of media should receive it? Should it be critical broadband infrastructure providers to upgrade and expand their reach? Or declining industries such as newspapers that play a role in a societal crisis? Or users? Should there be restrictions and conditions placed on support?

The Role of Digital Payments and Cryptocurrencies in the Coronavirus Crisis: A Reality Check

May 28, 2020

This webinar addressed the following:

  • What has been the role of blockchain-based transactions in the crisis?
  • Why have crypto-currencies not taken off in the global downturn, and why have they followed the downwards market sentiment of fiat-based currencies and assets? 
  • Where do advanced digital financial services go from here?  Who will be the winners? 
  • What are the regulatory implications and possibilities for enabling the potential use of blockchain technology and crypto currencies in providing aid to the unemployed and small businesses through a digital dollar?
  • How can new blockchain-based financial instruments such as central bank digital currencies help macro-economic activities of governments and central banks? 
  • What are the resilience and design lessons for blockchain and crypto-currency mining after the many China-based crypto-currency miners closed or scaled back operations?
  • How can blockchain technology assist in supply chain management of personal protection equipment and other critical medical supplies?
  • With many state unemployment systems still using 1960-era COBOL, is this a chance to leapfrog and implement blockchain for these systems?

CITI Fellows Seminar: Vint Cerf

June 9, 2020

Vint Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Internet Evangelist, Google. “People-centered Internet Efforts.”

The Transformation of the Classroom: Digital Learning After Covid

June 25, 2020

Schools around the world have canceled in-person instruction. And the question now is what education will look like in the future, and what the future role of online education will look like.  This webinar addressed the following:

  • What regulations and policies need to be changed or adopted to enhance distance learning?
  • How distance learning is being accelerated by the Covid-19 outbreak?
  • How to address the digital divide issues?
  • What the effects of distance learning on networks?
  • For K-12 in the U.S., does distant learning mean the end of localism for education, and the imposition of nationwide standards?

The Short-Term and Long-Term Impact of COVID-19 on Tele-Medicine

July 9, 2020

In 2020 the global pandemic has required stay-at-home orders, and hospitals have become inundated with cases.  Patients have had to skip non-essential doctor visits because of offices having been closed, or to avoid possible exposure to Covid-19. To deal with this, there has been a surge in the use of telehealth services. In March 2020 alone, there was a 50% jump in the number of patients using a telemedicine service instead of going to a doctor in person. In US?  some analysts predict almost 1 billion virtual doctor visits in 2020.  As this acceleration takes place, there are several issues to be examined. This webinar addressed the following:

  • What are the major regulatory barriers slowing adoption of tele-medicine?
  • Are there new privacy issues?
  • Is there a role for governmental investment in telemedicine? 
  • After return to some normalcy, what will be the role of T-m? 
  • Does this create a two-tiered health system, where more affluent patients receive in-person care while poorer patients are pushed to virtual visits? Or is it the other way around?
  • How will outsourcing be handled?  Can doctors from out-of state and other countries be used?
  • What effects will T-m have on the ICT infrastructure?   
  • What kind of problems have been encountered as TM scaled up?

Approaches to Financial Regulation/Innovation for a Post-Pandemic Recovery

August 13, 2020

Regulators globally have recognized the significant impacts that the spread of COVID-19 may have on the markets, organizations, and consumers. New regulations and approaches may also be needed. Concurrently, organizations are navigating new compliance, security and operational challenges. Both though see an opportunity for innovation to address the new normal of increased contact-free work and social environments and need for using technology to assist consumers in secure, safe and timely access to funds and credit. This discussion identified common New York State/US federal and global approaches, challenges and solutions.

Featured speakers:

  • Linda Lacewell – Superintendent, New York State Department of Financial Services
  • Christopher Calabia - Senior Advisor for Supervisory & Regulatory Policy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Greta Bull – CEO, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor

8th Digital Finance Summit: Financial Services in the Age of COVID-19

August 20, 2020

The 8th Digital Financial Services Summit draws on emerging trends in financial ecosystems in the developed and developing world and investigates the intersection of centralized legacy and new decentralized financial ecosystems. Distributed ledger (blockchain) technology may democratize access to services through tokenization of assets and use of private and state-led crypto-currencies, augmenting digital financial services and payments that are the mainstay of financial systems around the world. 

Summit sessions addressed how to make access to finance more accessible, secure, certain and affordable, and how access to these systems is made secure by improved cyber security and cyber-resilience initiatives and more robust identity verification mechanisms, privacy controls, and enhanced anti money laundering efforts.

Speakers included:

  • Dr. Leon Perlman, DFS Observatory, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information
  • Prof. Eli Noam, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI)
  • F. Christopher Calabia, Senior Advisor and Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Keith Bowie, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI)
  • Dr. John Brickey, MasterCard
  • Lesly Goh, World Bank
  • Katheryn Rosen, JP Morgan
  • Prof. Randal S. Milch, NYU
  • Harish Natarajan, World Bank
  • Elizabeth Berthe, Microsave
  • Dr. Mayada El-Zoghbi, Center for Financial Inclusion
  • Shelley Spencer, NetHope
  • Prof. Chris Brummer, Georgetown Law
  • Matt Homer, New York State DFS
  • Shailee Adinolfi, Consensys
  • Sunayna Tuteja, TD Ameritrade
  • David Birch, Consult Hyperion
  • Brett King, Moven
  • Sandra Ro, Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC)
  • Prof. Aaron Wright, Cardozo Law School
  • Nisa Amoils, Grasshopper Capital

CITI Fellows Seminar: Phil Verveer

October 5, 2020

Phil Verveer, fmr. Bureau Chief and Senior Advisor to the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Currently Senior Research Fellow at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. “Digital Platform Agency.”

CITI Fellows Seminar: Group Discussion

November 9, 2020

CITI Fellows Group Discussion. “U.S. election's policy implications.”

5G Private Networks: Applications in Smart Factories and Communications

November 19, 2020

This conference introduced 5G private networks and provide specific cases of how these networks operate.

Speakers included:

  • Prof. Eli Noam, Director, CITI
  • Robert Cohen, PhD, Organizer and Senior Fellow, Economic Strategy Institute
  • Farid Bichareh, Co-Head of Smart Factories, Industrial Internet Consortium
  • Karin Loidl, Technology Advisor at Fraunhofer IIS
  • Erik Josefsson, Global head of advanced industries, Ericsson
  • Erik Simonsson, head of Ericsson’s smart 5G factory in the US, Plano, Texas
  • Niels König, Head of Department, Production Metrology, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT
  • Chuck Byers, Associate Chief Technology Officer of the Industrial Internet Consortium, and an independent consultant

IMMAA Topical Forum: Media Management and Global Crises – Immediate Effects and Longer-Term Changes

November 27-28, 2019

On November 27th and 28th, the International Media Management Academic Association (IMMAA) held its Topical Forum on “Media Management and Global Crises – Immediate Effects and Longer-Term Changes”

Industry decision makers and academics were invited to reflect on effects of COVID-19 in countries with different framework conditions and in the diverse media industries as well as related business sectors.

The aim was to derive general patterns and more specific developments as well as to understand media management in global crises also going beyond COVID-19.

Empirical Research on the Impact of Recent Spectrum Auctions on the Market Structure of Mobile Communications

December 1, 2020


  • "Auctions and Mobile Market Competition: Evidence from European 4G Auctions," Dan Ershov, (U of Toulouse), and David Salant (Columbia Institute for Tele-Information and U of. Toulouse)
  • "License Complementarity and Package Bidding: The U.S Spectrum Auctions," Mo Xiao (U of Arizona) and Zhe Yuan (Ali Baba)
  • "Unobservable heterogeneity and identification in games: An application to mobile telecommunications," Mathieu Marcoux, (U of Montreal)

CITI Fellows Seminar: Andrew Sullivan

December 7, 2020

Andrew Sullivan, President and CEO, Internet Society. “Is the Internet is now just a vestige, and is online policy is leaving the Internet underpinnings behind for more traditional industrial regulatory approach.”

Cybersecurity Risk Management Framework Pre-Release Introduction, Tutorial and Q&A

December 15, 2020

CITI’s DFSO has created a process-based tool for participants in financial transactions, with preventative and reactive components based on international standards. Our A-RMF brings together best practices, legal requirements, and future needs into a guided process with recommendations on how to best implement these concepts into the various layers of the DFS ecosystem. This cybersecurity risk management framework is now being released and made freely available. The webinar provided specifics to interested parties.