Aspen Institute Publications

Aspen Institute publications are listed below. Many are available for purchase through Google Checkout, a secure system for handling credit card transaction online. For assistance with ordering publications, please contact our Publications office by email or by phone at (410) 820.5326. Please note: Orders are shipped two times a week from our warehouse in Queenstown, MD, on the Eastern Shore.

Learner at the Center of a Networked World

June 17, 2014

The Aspen Task Force on Learning and the Internet, with support and guidance from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is a group of 20 innovative and respected minds in technology, public policy, education, business, privacy and safety. The Task Force’s goal was to understand the ways in which young people learn today and to optimize learning and innovation within a trusted environment....

Video Veritas: Building a 21st Century Video Platform for a High-Performance Society

John B. Horrigan
June 4, 2014

The Twenty-Eighth Annual Aspen Institute Conference on Communications Policy took place August 11-14, 2013, and focused on the future of video regulation. The resulting report, entitled

The Weightless Marketplace: Coming to Terms with Innovative Payment Systems, Digital Currencies and Online Labor Markets

David Bollier
April 17, 2014

The 2013 Roundtable on Information Technology convened business executives, innovators, government leaders and visionaries to develop a more sophisticated, timely understanding of the latest technology innovations affecting commerce. With the advances in information and communications technologies, the friction of conventional transactions has dissipated with consequential innovations...

Adapting for the Global Diplomatic Arena: A Report of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology

Shanthi Kalathil
April 16, 2014

As social networks and mobile technologies become increasingly more popular among private citizens and the public, the use of technology will continue to alter the landscape of diplomacy. Adapting for the Global Diplomatic Arena: A Report of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology, written by Dialogue rapporteur Shanthi Kalathil, captures the contrasting...

Toward the Next Phase of Open Government

Panthea Lee
January 15, 2014

The 2013 FOCAS Forum convened representatives of the maker community, corporate and non-profit leaders, public officials, and citizen leaders with the goal of finding creative ways to encourage innovation and foster demand in the open governance field.  The report emanating from this Forum, “Toward the Next Phase of Open Government” written by Panthea Lee, is a series of six chapters that examines...

Connecting the Edges

Richard Adler
May 1, 2013

The 2012 Roundtable on Institutional Innovation convened leaders to explore how organizations can stay atop today’s constant technological advancement. In the current economic environment, growth and underemployment are two outstanding national, indeed international, problems. While technological advances and globalization are often cited as instigators of the current plight, they are also beacons of...

Integrating Diplomacy and Social Media: A Report of the First Annual Aspen Institute Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology

March 29, 2013

Advances in social media and the wave of citizen involvement in both internal and external state affairs has heightened the need to take a closer look at how communications technologies can advance national interests. The digital disruption has come to many arenas. Diplomacy is just the latest to engage it. Integrating Diplomacy and Social Media: A Report of the First Annual Aspen Institute Dialogue...

Road to Government 2.0: Technological Problems and Solutions for Transparency, Efficiency and Participation

Greg Ferenstein
March 14, 2013

The 2012 FOCAS convened 38 leaders and developers from government, media and communications enterprises, localities, consumer/user groups and academia to define the problems of open and innovative governance and develop solutions. Road to Government 2.0: Technological Problems and Solutions for Transparency, Efficiency and Participation, summarizes the insights, initiatives and recommendations...

Spectrum as a Resource for Enabling Innovation Policy

William Webb
March 12, 2013

The 2012 Aspen Institute Roundtable on Spectrum Policy (AIRS) convened shortly after the presidential election to consider ways that spectrum policy could improve the economy through innovation. The 32 leading communications policy experts in attendance focused on how spectrum policies could help create an environment that makes it easier to use spectrum as a resource for innovative new goods and...

Rethinking Communications Regulation

Richard Adler
February 25, 2013

As the Internet and other information and communications technologies grow exponentially, and as a new ecosystem is emerging that could conflate previously distinct methods of communication into a single digital medium, questions arise as to whether the traditional silos of regulation are still appropriate. The...

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