Larry Downes, MITSloan Mgmt Review

Larry Downes

MITSloan Mgmt Review

Berkeley, CA, United States

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Past articles by Larry:

Five Strategies Every Leader Must Embrace to Harness Disruption

The ease with which consumers have adapted to rapid change signals a future of more disruption. → Read More

Cities, not rural areas, are the real Internet deserts

The “digital divide” is back in the news, with both Democratic presidential candidates and incumbent government officials promising billions to provide high-speed Internet to millions of Americans in rural areas who don’t currently have access to it at home. The digital divide, however, is not a rural problem. → Read More

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. → Read More

California's Net Neutrality Publicity Stunt Comes To An End

California threw in the towel on its recently-passed state net neutrality law, acknowledging in a court filing that it had no legal basis to challenge an FCC ruling preempting such laws. → Read More

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. → Read More

The EU’s $5B Google fine escalates an undeclared trade war with Silicon Valley

News last week that European Commission antitrust regulators have levied a $5 billion fine against Google’s Android ecosystem left many in Silicon Valley with an uneasy sense of déjà vu. While the size of the fine is unprecedented, the commission’s judgment is only the latest in a series of similar but escalating punishments, restrictions, tax rulings and legislation aimed at hobbling American… → Read More

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. → Read More

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. → Read More

On Internet Regulation, The FCC Goes Back To The Future

Each of former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's eight major Internet policy initiatives has now been reversed by a combination of courts, Congress, and the agency itself. The lesson: only Congress can grant new powers to federal regulators. → Read More

Can tech fix its own future?

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

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TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news. → Read More

Technological solutions to technology’s problems feature in “How to Fix The Future”

In this edition of Innovate 2018, Andrew Keen finds himself in the hot seat. Keen, whose new book, "How to Fix the Future", was published earlier this month,.. → Read More

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. → Read More

The stupidest patents of 2017

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

Will modern Luddites smash tech’s future?

Attacks are coming from many sources. → Read More

How good is your broadband? The FCC needs to know.

In today’s hyperpoliticized technology policy environment, even an annual report can cause controversy. → Read More

One recipe at a time, YouTube’s ‘Binging With Babish’ is disrupting the content industry

Today’s video innovators have engineered a new recipe for success: Create content you genuinely care about, sprinkle in a generous helping of low-cost disruptive technologies, and put it on the Internet. → Read More

Broadband’s future is in the crosshairs of the FCC’s ‘political spectrum’

New book details how the agency began life with a political agenda, one that continues to override its technical experts. → Read More

The gradual — then sudden — disruption of retail

Eventually, Web commerce became both better and cheaper than brick-and-mortar stores, → Read More

‘Firing’ the customer and other cringe-worthy behavior hurting trust in smart devices

There are many examples of cringe-worthy behavior making consumers anxious. → Read More