Latest from Larry Downes

Millions of refugees need broadband, too

A new U.N. report makes clear that the lack of connectivity among those displaced from their homes, and often their countries, is particularly acute.

April 24, 2019

Is the tech backlash going askew?

Tech’s loudest critics argue that the gears of government are turning too slowly. But that’s actually another reason why calls to simply throw out measured approaches to regulating competition are dangerous, despite their populist appeal.

January 16, 2019

The summer of hate speech

Tech platforms are in a tough position as increasingly hostile and misleading content proliferates online — because picking and choosing among good and bad speech is a no-win proposition.

August 30, 2018

5G: What is it good for?

5th generation mobile is the next big leap in wireless communications. Here's what it will mean for you.

June 5, 2018

We need more, not fewer, government Yelps

Conservatives should be supportive of such innovations — consumer-supplied information can reduce reliance on regulation and enforcement by encouraging market forces that reward better business practices.

May 2, 2018

Can tech fix its own future?

A new book by a tech critic offers hope for making tech innovation socially responsible.

March 1, 2018

How some cities are attracting 5G investments ahead of others

The new networks will be critical for handling the sevenfold increase that Cisco projects for mobile Internet traffic as well as the billions of new connected devices and connected local infrastructure.

February 8, 2018

The stupidest patents of 2017

Though there were some positive court rulings on patents this year, there were plenty of eye-rolling moments.

December 8, 2017

Will modern Luddites smash tech’s future?

Attacks are coming from many sources.

October 30, 2017