I am a researcher, writer, and teacher, interested in all aspects of the digital economy. Since January 2013, I also serve as the Chairperson of the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. I have a particular interest in understanding and designing governance arrangements that help harness the benefits of information and communication technologies (ICTs) while minimizing their potential downsides. This passion has resulted in a three-pronged research program—pursued with students and colleages—on the local, national, and global governance of ICTs, their economics and management, and their effects on individuals, groups, and society at large.
Our research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and other private and public organizations including the Department of Commerce (DoC). In addition to my academic roles, I serve on the Boards of the Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy (TPRC), the International Telecommunications Society (ITS), and LIRNEasia. Moreover, I serve as an associate editor of the interdisciplinary journal Telecommunications Policy and on the editorial boards of several other international peer-reviewed journals. I am a regular speaker at national and international conferences and have served as an advisor to public and private sector organizations in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America.
The Handbook on the Economics of the Internet, co-edited with my colleague Michael Latzer at the University of Zurich, was published by Edward Elgar in May 2016 in hardcopy and as an eBook. Recent research articles were published in IEEE Security & Privacy, Telecommunications Policy, Government Information Quarterly, The Information Society, Applied Economics, the International Journal of Communication, Information Systems Frontiers, Info, and the International Telecommunications Policy Review. A book co-edited with Volker Schneider and Achim Lang, University of Konstanz, Germany, on Innovation Policy and Governance of High-Tech Industries was published in 2012 by Springer.