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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-IBM Center 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

Wednesday June 23, 2021, 10:00am EDT
Digital Financial Services Observatory Webinar
"Launch of beta Actionable Risk Management Framework Tool to Mitigate Cybersecurity Threats in Financial Inclusion"

The Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) will launched the beta application for its cybersecurity risk management framework for digital financial services (DFS) at 10am EDT, Wednesday, June 23. This followed the launch of the aRMF in May, and subsequent testing, feedback, and redesign with organizations around the globe.

Thursday June 3rd, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT
Don Tapscott
CEO, Tapscott Group, former Chancellor, Trent University

Don Tapscott is one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of ICT technology in business and society. Tapscott, the former Chancellor of Trent University in Canada, is CEO of the Tapscott Group and the co-founder and Executive Chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute. He has authored or co-authored sixteen books on the application of technology in business and society. Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything (2006) was number one on the 2007 management book charts and is among the most influential business books of the last 15 years. He is also co-author of the book Blockchain Revolution (2016, 2018), a seminal writing on blockchain technology.

Tuesday May 18th, 2021, 10:00am EDT
Digital Financial Services Observatory Webinar

"Demonstration of a Prototype Actionable Risk Management Framework Tool to Mitigate Cybersecurity Threats in Financial Inclusion"

The Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) demonstrated its initial prototype application for its cybersecurity risk management framework for digital financial services (DFS) at 10am EDT, Tuesday, May 18.

The hour long webinar described and discussed the benefits of the planned risk assessment tool, the actionable RMF prototype, the accompanying threat matrix, and the range of its application to actors in the DFS ecosystem.

Speakers included:

  • Eli Noam, Professor of Finance and Economics and Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility, Columbia University Business School
  • Keith Bowie, Cybersecurity Expert and Associate Research Scholar, Digital Financial Services Observatory, Columbia University
  • Jason Adam Buckweitz, Executive Director, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia Business School

For those interested in learning more about this cybersecurity initiative and/or participating in the design, development and testing efforts, please contact Michael Wechsler at [email protected].  

Thursday May 6th, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT

Alfonso Tabernero
President of the University of Navarra and Professor of Media Management

"The world after the pandemic. Ideas for media firms."

Alfonso Sánchez-Tabernero is the 8th president of the University of Navarra and professor of Information Industries in its School of Communications. He is a former President of the European Media Management Education Association (1998-2004).  The university includes one of the world’s top ranked schools of management, IESE in Barcelona.  

His research is centered on various aspects related to the strategic direction of communications industries, and has published more than fifty articles about media management and media economics. 

The aim of this seminar is to share reflections about the long-term impact of Covid-19 for news and entertainment organizations.

Wednesday April 7th, 2021, 10:00am EDT

"Developing an Actionable Risk Management Framework Tool to Mitigate Cybersecurity Threats in Financial Inclusion"

On Wednesday April 7th the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information held a webinar of its Digital Financial Services Observatory project.  This webinar will cover this history of the DFSO, the work that the DFSO has accomplished over the last two years on Cybersecurity, and most importantly, how the DFSO is currently working to develop an actionable risk management framework web tool for mitigating threats in financial inclusion.  

Speakers included:

  • Eli Noam, Professor of Finance and Economics and Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility, Columbia University Business School
  • Keith Bowie, Cybersecurity Expert and Associate Research Scholar, Digital Financial Services Observatory, Columbia University
  •  Michael Wechsler, Associate Research Scholar, Digital Financial Services Observatory, Columbia University
  • Jason Adam Buckweitz, Executive Director, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia Business School
  • Leon Perlman, Research Scholar, Columbia Business School

Thursday April 1st, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT

Anindya Ghose
Professor of Technology and Marketing at NYU

"Using Mobile Technologies to Improve Business and Society"

Anindya Ghose is the author of TAP: Unlocking the Mobile Economy which was a double winner in the 2018 Axiom Business Book Awards and has been translated into five languages. Ghose’s work primarily discusses the machinations and effects of Internet and electronic systems on social economic impact. In 2014 he was named by the MBA student blog Poets and Quants as one of the "Top 40 Professors Under 40 Worldwide" and by Analytics Week as one the "Top 200 Thought Leaders in Big Data and Business Analytics". In 2017 he was recognized by Thinkers50 as one of the Top 30 Management Thinkers globally most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led in the next generation. In 2019, he was recognized by Web of Science citation Index in the top 1% of researchers selected for their significant influence in their fields over a 10 year period.

This presentation analyzed how mobile communications technologies shape consumer behavior, based on nine forces that operate separately and in combination. One application are mobile health platforms.  Ghose reported on a large-scale field experiment.

Thursday March 4th, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm EST

Robert Metcalfe
Professor of Innovation, University of Texas-Austin

"Pathologies of Connectivity"

Bob Metcalfe has been an internet pioneer since its inception, and the inventor of ethernet, one of the core inventions that enabled the internet.  He went on to found the multibillion-dollar networking company 3Com, now part of HP. He received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. 

Metcalfe discussed the single most important new fact about the human condition, that we are now all connected. Connectivity has its own rules — e.g. “Metcalfe’s Law” — and its dimensions of disruptions, pathologies, and paradoxes. And now comes the ‘augmented video mobile gigabit Internet of Things’, adding another acceleration. This is a joint event with the International Media Management Academic Association.

Monday, March 1st, 2021 12:00-1:00pm ES

CITI Fellows program: Lisa George, a CITI Fellow and Associate Professor of Economics at Hunter College.

"Polarization & Persuasion: Evidence from Media Research"

In 2016 entrepreneur Mostafa M. El-Bermawy wrote in Wired that “the global village that was once the internet was has been replaced by digital islands of isolation that are drifting further apart each day.” What does the research tell us about the extent and impact?

Thursday, February 4th, 2021 12:00-1:00pm EST

Chris W. Anderson
Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds

"Quantifying Values: Metrics, Objectification, and the Shifting Ground of Newsroom Norms"

Chris Anderson is Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds and a member of the board of advisors at the Tow Center, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He studied journalism, politics, and how the production of public knowledge is being transformed in the digital age. His most recent publication is Apostles of Certainty: Data Journalism and the Politics of Doubt (Oxford University Press), which tells the intertwined history of data journalism and the social sciences in the United States

Prior to teaching at the University of Leeds, he was an Associate Professor of Media Culture at the City University of New York. This is a join event with the International Media Management Academic Association.

Monday, February 1st, 2021 12:00-1:00pm EST

CITI Fellows program: All-Fellows roundtable.

Reprise of the discussion initiated by Nadine Strossen's, presentation January 4 "The paradox of free speech in the digital world."

Private-sector censors are not restricted by the First Amendment; to the contrary, they are shielded by it. Worse yet, government officials pressure the companies to limit expression in ways that governments themselves could not lawfully do. No matter how strictly courts curb government censorship, we won’t enjoy meaningful freedom of speech if cancel culture and the platforms’ speech restrictions proceed unchecked.

How then do we rein in, if at all, violent and racist speech, disinformation and similar threats to civil society without undermining what are generally accepted as fundamental rights?

Thursday January 21st, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm EST

Lawrence Lessig
Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

“The Business Model of Democratic Culture”

Lawrence Lessig is a noted academic and activist. He has been a thought leader on cyberspace law, intellectual property, spectrum, and electoral reforms. His books in the media field include “Code and other Laws of Cyberspace”; “The Future of Ideas”; “Free Culture”; “Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy.” Lessig has been described by another pathbreaking legal scholar, Richard Posner, as “the most distinguished law professor of his generation.”  Lessig was the founder of Creative Commons, which aims to make creative work freely and easily available.  He has long been a supporter of open source/open access/net neutrality. In 2016, he was a candidate for President of the United States, running for the Democratic Party’s nomination. This is a join event with the International Media Management Academic Association.

Monday, January 4th, 2021 12:00-1:00pm EST

CITI Fellows program: Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, Emerita at New York Law School

"The paradox of free speech in the digital world"

The protection of free speech has never been so strong – or so weak. On the one hand, American courts have strongly and consistently resisted government censorship. On the other hand, unprecedented numbers of speakers are being silenced through sweeping non-governmental censorship – by private platforms seeking profit maximization, and by private groups pressuring these companies to limit controversial voices. 

Such private-sector censors are not restricted by the First Amendment; to the contrary, they are shielded by it. Worse yet, government officials pressure the companies to limit expression in ways that governments themselves could not lawfully do. No matter how strictly courts curb government censorship, we won’t enjoy meaningful freedom of speech if cancel culture and the platforms’ speech restrictions proceed unchecked. Free speech advocates must hence refocus their efforts. 

Prof. Strossen outlined several possible options, and welcomed ideas and feedback from the CITI Fellows.

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020, 10:30am EST

"The Impact of Auctions on Wireless Market Dynamics"

The webinar provided an empirical analysis of the impact of auctions on market dynamics.  Speakers addressed European experience in 4G - there, low band auctions have allowed larger incumbents to win more spectrum and increase market shares, but the same is not true for higher band auctions for capacity spectrum.  The webinar also discussed how package bidding appears to facilitate increased ex post concentration of spectrum holdings.  The impact of concentration in spectrum markets and retail markets on investment will also be discussed. Finally, the webinar addressed the extent to which government intervention can be effective to ensure competition

Presenters:

  • “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)

Discussants:

  • Michelle Connolly (Duke University)
  • Glenn Woroch, (UC Berkeley) 
  • Tom Hazlett (Clemson University)