Aspen Institute Publications
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Toward a Single, Global Digital Economy: The First Report of the Aspen Institute IDEA Project discusses critical steps forward for establishing a fair, effective, and empowering multi-stakeholder system for governing the flow and use of data in a single global digital economy.
The two-year long Aspen Institute IDEA Project is an internationally inclusive project designed to explore the free flow of communications across borders on a unified Internet. Learn more or comment at http://www.aspeninstitute.org/idea.
Networks and Citizenship: Using Technology for Civic Innovation, the Report of the 2011 Forum on Communications and Society (FOCAS), addresses two questions: (1) What does citizenship look like in an era of digital networks? and, (2) What are the emerging roles of individual citizens and institutions in this changing environment? Written by Rapporteur Jeffrey Abramson, Networks and Citizenship details the use of information and communication technologies to enhance the public sphere, provide access to information (open-source and open-data networks), connect citizens and government, create global networks, globalize and localize citizenship and use crowd sourcing as a self-governing process.
Given the current growth and importance of the Internet, the report of the 2011 Aspen Institute Conference on Communications Policy titled Updating Rules of the Digital Road: Privacy, Security, Intellectual Property, highlights the elements that will allow for greater use of broadband as the common medium: security, privacy and intellectual property regulation. Written by rapporteur Richard Adler, the report explores a range of threats that plague the use of today’s communications media and provides a series of recommendations which aim to ensure that users’ communications are secure, private and protected.
The report reflects the issues and ideas raised by business leaders, academics, and policy experts at the Twenty-Sixth Annual Aspen Institute Conference on Communications Policy.
Assessing Community Information Needs: A Practical Guide, written by Richard C. Harwood of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, is a guide for adopting civic innovation strategies to spur the development of news and information environments that address real community needs. It is the eighth in a series of white papers following up the recommendations of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy, a project of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program and the Knight Foundation. Learn more at www.knightcomm.org
Re-Imagining Journalism: Local News for a Networked World identifies five strategic areas and specific ideas for promoting experimentation, collaboration and public engagement that are critical for reforming local journalism. The paper calls upon a variety of stakeholders in business, the nonprofit sector, government and community institutions, and citizens themselves to each play a role in nurturing a revitalized and re-imagined local media ecosystem. It is the seventh in a series of white papers following up the recommendations of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. Learn more at www.knightcomm.org
Spectrum for the Next Generation of Wireless explores possible sources of spectrum, looking specifically at incentives or other measures to assure that spectrum finds its highest and best use. It includes a number of recommendations, both private and federal, of where and how spectrum can be repurposed for wireless use. In November 2010, the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program convened the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Spectrum Policy, where 31 experts and leaders addressed the consequences and solutions to the increasing demand for spectrum. Spectrum for the Next Generation of Wireless is the report resulting from the Roundtable discussions.
Rewriting Broadband Regulation considers the domestic and international state of internet and broadband policies. The report reflects the issues and ideas raised by business leaders, academics, and policy experts at the Twenty-fifth Annual Aspen Institute Conference on Communications Policy. The report examines emerging threats to the internet and broadband and proposes refinements to existing regulations. It also proposes the innovative idea of creating "digital embassies" for treatment of data moving across borders. Download is free.
A report of the 2010 Forum on Aspen Institute Communications and Society. The report includes a description of the continuing difficulties, yet encouraging advances in local journalism, and a series of recommendations to strengthen public media, increase government transparency, encourage public engagement, promote digital and media literacy, and provide universal broadband access.
Solving the Dilbert Paradox is the volume resulting from the 2010 Aspen Institute Roundtable on Talent Development. This "Dilbert Paradox" finds expression in wasted opportunities for organizational learning, collaboration, and access to knowledge and ideas outside the corporate hierarchy. The report captures the insights of the participants during the conference and details how some large organizations, as well as start-ups and small companies, are experimenting by giving employees new opportunities to maximize innovation.
The Future of Work examines the challenges to conventional notions of work and organization brought on by new digital technologies and trends. As the velocity of change increases, institutions and individuals must adapt. Yet many structures, including those in education, government, business and the economy, often remain rooted in the past. The report captures the insights of the Nineteenth Annual Aspen Institute Roundtable on Information Technology, where business leaders, technologists, international politicians, academics and innovators explored how global structures and institutions are being confronted by the 21st century realities of distributed knowledge, crowdsourcing, open platforms and networked environments. The report shares the solutions these leaders proposed for preserving individual well-being and defining a future world of work that benefits everyone involved.