Keynote speech of Ambassador Anthony L Gardner at The 7th Annual Internet of Things European Summit.

Keynote speech of Ambassador Anthony L Gardner at The 7th Annual Internet of Things European Summit.

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Thank you for the introduction. I am pleased to be here because the topic of this conference is of fundamental importance to the future of our economies in Europe and the United States; and it also represents a major opportunity for transatlantic collaboration. The scale of the opportunities and challenges related to the Internet of Things literally makes everything else on the US-EU agenda seem secondary.

Reliance on sensor data to optimize the operation of devices has long been commonplace in industry...

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Is the Internet Finally Coming of Age?

Is the Internet Finally Coming of Age?

Nigel M. de S. Cameron

Getting our bearings in the sea of Moore’s Law hype is not simply a continuing challenge to policy leaders (as well as investors), but perhaps their major challenge. Since, like it or not (and this has been the drum-beat of C-PET’s message since our launch in 2007), the digital revolution and accompanying scientific and technological developments have set the stage for every single policy decision of the 21st Century...

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Help Fund C-PET

Help Fund C-PET!

Think tanks – non-profit policy institutes – are funded in various ways.

In Washington, we know all about following the money! Partisan or ideological organizations get partisan, political funding. Non-partisan set-ups are often funded by corporate donors, and tend to come up with the kind of conclusions those corporations favor. Some other groups are not actually independent, but function as departments of universities.

Since it was established in 2007, C-PET has resisted all three of these models. We are carefully non-partisan, and our board members, advisers and fellows are spread across the party/ideology spectrum...

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“Connected Cars” Conference

C-PET was pleased to partner with Forum Global in the first-ever Washington conference on “connected cars.” Keynote presentations included Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), and FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny, together with auto industry and other participants across several sectors.

Details here. As announced last week, we are already planning round two of this discussion to take place in Brussels, Belgium on May 19. I look forward to seeing some of you there.

Below are my concluding remarks.

Your thoughts?

Nigel Cameron

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Let me offer three observations.

1. This question is really big.

One way to capture the significance of the Internet of Things is to see it as the bolting together of the old economy and the new – plainly, with enormous potential b...

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The World in 100 Years

The World in 100 Years

Nigel M. de S. Cameron

I was recently asked to address a remarkable conference hosted by the  Champalimaud Foundation Centre for the Unknown in Portugal, where the theme was the question: What will the world be like in 100 years’ time? The conference included several Nobel laureates and was led by former President Cardoso of Brazil. These are my remarks. They were entitled, “The Human Question One Hundred Years Off.”
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My thanks to the organizers of this very special event, and in particular Leonore Beleza and President Cardoso. The invitation from President Cardoso included a beguiling reference to the fact that a child born today may well be alive in one hundred years’ time...

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When the Internet meets the real world — in a Jeep

When the Internet meets the real world — in a Jeep
By Nigel M. de S. Cameron
News that hackers had messed with the controls of a Jeep Cherokee — first the heater, then the radio … then the transmission, then the brakes — sent a shiver down a lot of spines, and not just in the high-tech community and the auto industry. The entire industrial economy is amped up about the Next Big Thing, and that “thing” goes by the curious name of the Internet of Things. The Internet of Autos is a particularly sensitive part of the mix.
But back to the Jeep.

The fact that it was a “friendly” hack, and that Fiat Chrysler is issuing a fix, offers cold comfort...

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Digital Dividends: A Review of World Development Report 2016

Digital Dividends
A Review of World Development Report 2016
By Nagy K. Hanna, PhD

The World Bank has just launched Digital Dividends, the World Development Report of 2016 (WDR2016). It sums up a great deal of empirical evidence on the conditions under which ICT investments can provide “digital dividends”.

What are the key messages of WDR2016?

Digital technologies have spread rapidly to much of the world. In many cases, they boosted growth, expanded opportunities, and improved service delivery. But the broader development benefits from using these technologies have lagged behind. The impact of the Internet is unevenly distributed, contributing to rising inequality. For digital technology to have broad benefits requires closing the Internet access divide...

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5 Tech Questions We Need Our Presidential Candidates To Debate

As the presidential debates and the opening salvo of primary votes excite and depress us in varying proportions, we come back to the question of the questions.

It’s probably fair to say that the various moderators’ question choices reflect some combination of what the press at large has determined are the hot issues, and those issues on which the candidates wish to comment. Whether the curated public sentiment shaping the former, and the narrow political savvy that determines the latter, reflect the long-term interests of the United States and its citizens is yet another question.

What do you think? What questions do you consider should be shaping out political choices in 2016?

One core issue, of course, lies in the ever-growing impact of exponential change on pretty much every aspect of o...

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Transforming to a Networked Society

C-PET Senior Fellow Nagy Hanna, Advisor and former Head of Corporate Strategy at the World Bank, introduces his latest book, available here:

Transforming to a Networked Society
A Guide for Policy Makers

A networked society is a transformative improvement of societies’ capabilities to shape their physical, economic, social and intellectual environments to their own ends, with the power of digital networks. This transformation arises from the recent developments of Information and communication technology (ICT) and its integration into economies and societies. It is a process of fundamental structural change, a shift to a new techno-economic paradigm, enabled by ICT.

Why a Holistic ICT-enabled Transformation?

As the Internet, mobile and digital technologies are expanding into more areas of ...

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Techonomy Comes to Town

Techonomy Comes to Town

Nigel Cameron, President and CEO, Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies

It’s been a long-standing C-PET theme that the District and the Valley are much further apart than 3,000 miles; and that every effort to bring them into closer correlation will be worth billions to the economy and years to U.S. security (our commentary setting out this case in 2011 is pasted below). Those efforts are remarkably few and far between. Even the big tech companies, when they come to Washington, rather than seeking to upend the short-term thinking that is bringing this nation down just play the game. As one top lobbyist told me after I had met his chairman to talk long term, “I need to tell my boss to read my contract. It says I have a two-year time horizon.”

So we were deli...

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