Brian Kahin is a visiting scholar at the University of Washington School of Law, senior fellow at the Computer and Communications Industry Association, research affiliate at the MIT Sloan School (Initiative on the Digital Economy), and contractor for OECD’s Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation.

His presentation at CIGI draws on a book in progress, a background paper for OECD, and a course on digitization, globalization and public policy developed for the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. The resurgent visibility of digital technology in the smartphone and the prominence of the GAFA sets the stage for rethinking the economics of digitization at all levels – and understanding the ultimate interaction with laws and institutions.

This discussion examines how a political economy driven by technological and business innovation expresses fundamental changes in the operation of scale, scope, and time – and further in the nature of transactions, relationships, standards and enterprise.

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