Aspen Institute Publications
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Scenarios for a National Broadband Policy is the volume resulting from the 24th Annual Aspen Institute Conference on Communications Policy. Using the scenario building process, the report maps four imaginary scenarios of how the economy and society might evolve in the future, and the implications for broadband policy.
Framework for a Life Cycle Assessment of Paper in the Mail is the volume resulting from The Aspen Institute Initiative on the International Mailing Industry. The report provides context on what an LCA is, how one is constructed, and the elements necessary to meet international standards. It then details the mailing process cradle-to-grave.
Ever-rising floods of data are being generated by mobile networking, cloud computing and other new technologies. At the same time, continued innovations use advanced correlation techniques to analyze them, and the process and payoff can be both encouraging and alarming. The Promise and Peril of Big Data explores the ways these inferential technologies can positively affect medicine, business and government, and also examines the social perils they pose. Written by conference rapporteur David Bollier, the report summarizes the insights of the Eighteenth Annual Roundtable on Information Technology, which sought to understand the implications of the emergence of “Big Data” and new techniques of inferential analysis. Download is free.
Making E-Governance Work for India touches on ways the Indian Government can provide services and information and include them in the governing process while transcending the country's vast cultural, linguistic and geographic differences. The report suggests public-private partnerships, policy reform, and infrastructural changes as ways to deliver more efficient and effective e-governance across India.
Examines the information needs of the 21st century American citizen and proposes 15 public policy recommendations for sustaining democracy in the Digital Age. The download is free, but hard copies of the report can be purchased for $12.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.
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Identity in the Age of Cloud Computing: The next-generation Internet's impact on business, governance and social interaction
Identity in the Age of Cloud Computing: The next-generation Internet’s impact on business, governance and social interaction examines the migration of information, software and identity into the Cloud and explores the transformative possibilities of this new computing paradigm for culture, commerce, and personal communication. The report also considers potential consequences for privacy, governance and security, and it includes policy recommendations and advice for the new presidential administration. Written by J.D. Lasica, the report is the result of the Seventeenth Annual Roundtable on Information Technology.
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Media & Democracy summarizes the insights, recommendations, and initiatives emanating from the 2008 Forum on Communications and Society (FOCAS), where participants explored the role of media in enhancing social capital, civic engagement and democratic involvement. In addition to examining the state of newspapers and journalism against the backdrop of the 2008 presidential election, the report discusses proposed projects for harnessing media to spur civic and global engagement. Among the ideas being implemented are the Online Peace Corps, Groundswell and the American Dialogue Initiative, as well as ongoing work by the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy, which stemmed from the 2007 FOCAS.
Talent Reframed: Moving to the Talent-Driven Firm offers new rules for organizations seeking to attain and develop a talented workforce amid a rapidly changing and increasingly globalized business environment. The report, which sets the premise for a new series of Aspen Institute Roundtables on the Talent Driven Firm, explores how organizations can build talent by relying less on traditional command-and-control structure and more on horizontal collaboration and shared learning. The report, written by Richard Adler, also features a white paper by John Hagel and John Seely Brown.
ICT: The 21st Century Transitional Initiative recommends how the Federal Government - through executive leadership, government services and investment - can leverage ICTs to serve the double bottom line of stimulating the economy and serving crucial social needs such as energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.
m-Powering India: Mobile Communications for Inclusive Growth looks at how an inclusive expansion strategy in the mobile industry can propel India's development. This report is the result of the Third Annual Joint Roundtable on Communications Policy, convened by Aspen Institute India and the Aspen Institute Communications & Society Program.