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By / 1.24.2019

The number of large U.S. manufacturing facilities has dropped by more than a third since 2000, devastating many communities where factories were the lifeblood of the local economy. One promising way to revive America’s manufacturing might is not by going big but by going small – and going local. Digitally-assisted manufacturing technologies, such as 3D […]

By / 1.22.2019

Net neutrality is the basic idea that all internet traffic must be treated equally on the network and no company should be able to block or throttle online traffic in order to gain a competitive leg-up. This is a pro-competitive, prophylactic policy to ensure internet providers don’t unfairly become gatekeepers for online services. It’s a […]

By / 1.16.2019

Dear Democratic Class of 2018, Congratulations on your election to the U.S. House of Representatives! In addition to winning your own race, you are part of something larger – the first wave of a progressive resurgence in U.S. politics. The midterm elections gave U.S. voters their first opportunity to react to the way Donald Trump […]

By / 1.4.2019

The big tech platforms get all the attention these days. But the biggest tech news of 2019 may turn out to be the rise of the manufacturing platforms—companies that rewrite the rules of production and product development, and in the process create new opportunities for local manufacturing. The economic backdrop is the looming threat of […]

By / 12.19.2018

It would be better to go cashless, while creating new low-cost banking options for poor residents Is cash a bane or a boon? The underlying trends are clear. Across the country, from high-end salad chain Sweetgreen to the new Amazon Go stores, more and more retailers are going cashless as technology improves. For a company […]

By / 12.17.2018

A version of this post originally appeared on Forbes.com Can digitizing the food manufacturing industry help boost living standards? The short answer is yes, if we link food manufacturing into the Internet of Goods. We’re used to thinking of food as cheap and getting cheaper. In 1947, spending on food—both in and out of the home—accounted for 27% […]

By and / 12.13.2018

Chinese hackers stealing technology from U.S. companies, Russian trolls interfering in our elections, U.S. tech leaders hauled before Congress to explain some new data breach or misuse of personal information – hardly a week goes by without Americans being bombarded with new revelations about assaults on our privacy. The problem will only get worse as […]

By / 12.3.2018

Here’s what you need to know. Between 2000 and 2017, the price of food went up by 41%, according to the BEA. The price of Internet access fell by 21%. Which change is more harmful to consumers? Oh, yes, and food at home accounts for 6% of household spending, while Internet access accounts for 0.6%. […]

By / 10.25.2018

How fast the tables have turned. Only a few years ago, the major technology platform companies — Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Apple and Facebook — were widely admired. Now, they are in the dock, accused of limiting competition; chilling startups and the innovation they bring; widening income and wealth inequality; threatening our privacy; enabling foreign actors […]

By / 10.3.2018

Fixating on the traditional aggregate measures of the economy’s health — GDP growth, the unemployment rate, or the inflation trade — ignores not only rising income and wealth inequality, but the fact the American Dream machine has been sputtering for at least two or three decades. Stanford’s Raj Chetty and his co-authors have shown that […]