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 iSchools 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 enjoy collaborating with experts in public and private sector organizations around the world to help realize the full potential of emerging technologies such as AI, big data analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT).
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, followed by a paperback edition in December 2017. Recent research articles dealing with the effects of ICT on income inequality and on the link between network neutrality and innovation are available online and will be published in Telecommunications Policy. Other pieces 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.