Brian Kahin is digital economy fellow at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation, research scholar at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy and senior fellow at the Computer & Communications Industry Association. The views expressed here are his own. He is currently writing a monograph on the political economy of digitization.
Brian was founding director of the Information Infrastructure Project at Harvard’s Kennedy of Government (1989–1997), the first academic program to address the economic and policy implications of the internet. From 1997 to 2000, he was senior policy analyst at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he chaired the Interagency Working Group on the Digital Economy on behalf of the National Economic Council. Brian has edited 10 books on the internet and the digital economy, including Understanding the Digital Economy (with Erik Brynjolfsson) and Advancing Knowledge and the Knowledge Economy (with Dominique Foray). A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he has taught at Harvard, Maryland (College Park), Michigan (Ann Arbor), Colorado (Boulder) and, most recently, the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.