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John Haigh

Appointment
Lecturer in Public Policy
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Recent technological innovations are bringing immeasurable improvements to the lives of billions around the globe, but they can also have destructive powers that threaten to overwhelm us.

This nascent program is focused on examining the linkage between new technology and the companies who provide those innovations, and the government that may facilitate those developments but must also oversee these technological developments to further the public interest.  The intent is to facilitate the development of new technologies aligned with public purpose and benefit. 

Featured News & Research

Honeycomb with locks and binary numbers

Tom Wheeler, Could Donald Trump claim a national security threat to shut down the internet? The Brookings Institution, June 25, 2020.

Cell phone showing apps

Gene Kimmelman, "The Right Way to Regulate Digital Platforms," Shorenstein Center, September 18, 2019

US Capitol

Bogdan Belei et al. "Big Tech and Democracy: The Critical Role of Congress." Belfer Center, April 2019.

Gold and silver bitcoins in front of a computer

Tim Massad. "It's Time to Strengthen the Regulation of Crypto-Assets." The Brookings Institution, March, 2019.

Publications

Iterative Coordination and Innovation

Sourobh Ghosh and Andy Wu. HBS Working Paper Series, 2020.

Answering Impossible Questions: Content Governance in an Age of Disinformation

John Bowers and Jonathan Zittrain. The Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review. January 2020

Don't Break Up Facebook - Treat it Like a Utility

Dipayan Ghosh, Harvard Business Review, May, 2019

The Right Way to Regulate Digital Platforms.

Gene Kimmelman, Policy Paper, Shorenstein Center. September 18, 2019

Big Tech and Democracy: The Critical Role of Congress.

Bogdan Belei, et al. Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. April, 2019

It's Time to Strengthen the Regulation of Crypto-Assets

Tim Massad. Economic Studies at Brookings. March, 2019

digital HKS Offers Leaders Tools to Understand How Digital Applications Transform Government

Fall/Winter 2018-2019

2018 State of Digital Transformation

David Eaves and Ben McGuire. October 2018

Digital Deceit: The Technologies Behind Precision Propaganda on the Internet

Dipayan Ghosh and Ben Scott, January 2018

The Root of the Matter: Data and Duty 

Tom Wheeler. M-RCBG Associate Working Paper No. 103

Time to Fix It: Developing Rules for Internet Capitalism 

Tom Wheeler. M-RCBG Associate Working Paper No. 96

Is This Time Different? The Opportunities and Challenges of Artificial Intelligence

Jason Furman, Remarks at AI Now: The Social and Economic Implications of Artificial Intelligence Technologies in the Near Term. July 7, 2016.

When Markets Quake: Online Banks and Their Past, Present and Future

Marshall Lux and Martin Chorzempa. M-RCBG Associate Working Paper No. 73. 

What’s Behind the Non-Bank Mortgage Boom? 

Marshall Lux and Robert Greene. M-RCBG Associate Working Paper No. 42

Hunting High and Low: The Decline of the Small IPO and What to do about it.

Marshall Lux and Jack Pead. M-RCBG Associate Working Paper No. 86

FinTech Alternatives to Short-Term Small-Dollar Credit: Helping Low-Income Working Families Escape the High-Cost Lending Trap

Todd H. Baker. M-RCBG Associate Working Paper No. 75

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Innovation: An Exploratory Analysis

Iain M. Cockburn, Rebecca Henderson, Scott Stern. NBER 2017

The Innovator's Dilemma as a Problem of Organizational Competence

Rebecca Henderson, Journal of Product Innovation Management 23, January 2006)