Institute for International Economic Policy
Known-Knowns and Unknowns about the Internet: Measuring the Economic, Social, and Governance
Impact of the Web
November 14-15, 2013
The event was livestreamed on November 14, 2013
starting at 9:30 am and is available here
Organizers: Dr. Susan Aaronson, GWU and Karin Alexander, Web Foundation
Conference Summary: Policymakers and netizens alike make broad claims about the effects of the internet upon economic growth, business, democracy, governance, and human rights. In recent years, economists have made significant progress in estimating the impact of the internet on areas such as economic growth, trade, fiscal policy, and education. But the progress made by economists has not been matched by scholars, activists, executives, and policymakers who seek to understand the internet's effects on governance, cyber security, and on human rights. We don't know if the Internet has stimulated development or whether the internet has led to measurable governance improvements. Moreover, scholars and activists don't yet know how to effectively measure Internet openness. We will also weigh the evidence that the Internet is splintering. With this conference, we hope to encourage greater understanding of metrics to assess our new digital age.
Session 1: What Economists Know and Do Not Know About the Internet and Its Impact on the Economy
Moderator: Matthew Reisman, Microsoft
Dr. Michael Mandel, PPI, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
"What Economists Know and do not Know about the Internet and Its Impact on the Economy," Dr. Michael Kende, Internet Society
Dr. Scott Wallsten, Center on Technology and Policy
Session 2: What We Know and Do Not Know About How the Web is Changing Development
Moderator: Steve Suranovic, GWU
Andria Thomas, Dahlberg
"E-commerce as Growth for Developing Economies," Simon Schropp, Senior Economist, Sidley Austin
Jane Coffin, Director of Development, Internet Society
Brian Bieron, Federal Affairs, eBay
"Delivering on Development: How the Bank uses the Internet and Mobile to Improve Service Delivery," Aleem Walji, World Bank Institute
Session 3: Has the Internet Helped Citizens and Policymakers Improve Governance? Are the Effects Measureable? What New Innovations Might be Helpful?
Moderator: Daniel O’Connor, CCIA
Technology and Transparency: Insights from India," Bhanupriya Rao, Open Data Barometer, India
Tim Davies, Web Foundation, Boston
Brian Bieron, Federal Affairs, eBay
Session 4: Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband
Moderator: Sonia Jorge, Alliance for Affordable Internet
"Moving to the next step: Standardizing broadband economic impact measurements," Michael Minges, World Bank
"Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband: State of the Research," Raul Katz, Columbia Business School
Phippa Biggs, ITU, via Skype
"Broadband Policy and the Economic Impacts," John Garrity, CISCO
Meredith Broadbent - Commissioner, US International Trade Commission
"What have we learned from measuring the Internet economy and digital trade?"
November 15, 2013
Session 5: Can We Measure the Economic Harm of Cyber-attacks and Cyber-probing? Will the World of Cyber-Espionage, Theft, and Attacks Remain Opaque and Unclear?
Moderator: Jessica Meyers, Technology Reporter, Politico
Dr. Phillipa Gill, SUNY Stony Brook
Dr. Allan Friedman, Governance Studies, Brookings
"Security Metrics: A Few Lessons from Systems Engineering,"Dr. Mark Mateski, Watermark Institute
Moderated Discussion: Is the Internet Fracturing? What is the evidence for or against this claim? Are the effects measurable?
Moderator: Karin Alexander, Web Foundation
Laura deNardis, American University
Rob Faris, Berkman Center, Harvard University
Luncheon Discussion: Department of State and Corporate Perspective on Global Governance of the Internet
Manu K. Bhardwaj, Office of Communications and Information Policy, US Department of State
John Brueggeman, ATT
Session 6: Can We Measure Internet Openness? If so, what does that allow us to do?
Moderator: Susan Aaronson
Aaron Forsberg, U.S. Department of State
Joy Liddicoat, Association for Progressive Communications, New Zealand, via Skype
Karin Alexander, Web Index, World Wide Web Foundation
Carolina Rossini, New America Foundation
Concluding Remarks: Susan Aaronson, GWU
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