Growing pains for the Internet economy

The debate over what the FCC should do in regards to net neutrality is getting a lot of coverage these days. Turns out, this is just one of a number of more broadly impacting policy issues that are about to come under the microscope of public debate and government action (or, inaction…which itself is also a choice), as the Internet and the “online” economy of digital goods and services re-integrates with the “offline” or “real” economy.  Big data, security, search engine responsibilities, and other issues are just some examples of the battles we are about to see over who controls the new engines of the economy.

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Time for CEOs to choose sides?

Russian geopolitical strategy is creating friction for US-based multinationals. There’s going to be more of it coming in the next few years. And not only from Russia, as other emerging market governments and multinationals wield political and military power, not market power, because that’s what they have to work with. As a result, CEOs of American-based global companies are very quickly going to find themselves having to choose sides at geopolitical flash-points. A little foresight and advanced planning may help them deal with this better.

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How 'Win-Lose' could actually be a 'Win-Win'

Public debates about policy often focus on trying to explain why a particular approach will make the ‘whole system’ work better.  It’s become almost a necessity of public debate—at least in the US—to assert that a big idea reform proposal is a ‘win-win.’  But, ironically, this attitude gets in the way of both the technical and social innovation that the position is trying to foster. Putting trade-offs in the foreground is not only more honest, but ultimately better for growth.

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