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Technology has become increasingly important to policy debates, but these debates won’t be productive without an understanding of how the technology in question works. AEI Visiting Fellow Shane Tews interviews tech industry experts to explain how the apps, services, and structures of today’s information technology systems work, and how they shape our social and economic life.

Explain to Shane American Enterprise Institute

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Technology has become increasingly important to policy debates, but these debates won’t be productive without an understanding of how the technology in question works. AEI Visiting Fellow Shane Tews interviews tech industry experts to explain how the apps, services, and structures of today’s information technology systems work, and how they shape our social and economic life.

    Constitution Day special (with Janine Turner, Cathy Gillespie, and Tova Love Kaplan)

    Constitution Day special (with Janine Turner, Cathy Gillespie, and Tova Love Kaplan)

    Although more young people are getting engaged in politics, civic education is absent from the curriculums of many American high schools and universities. Still, learning about the founding fathers is crucial to understanding why the American political system is unique. As social media platforms take politics online, how can we use technology to educate young people on the United States’ founding principles?
    To honor Constitution Day, Tova Love Kaplan (https://constitutingamerica.org/tova-love-kaplan-3/) discuss Constituting America’s mission, educational programs, and upcoming Constitution Day celebration on this special edition of “Explain to Shane.”

    • 25 min
    America's 5G future: Risks and rewards (with Tommy Ross)

    America's 5G future: Risks and rewards (with Tommy Ross)

    For the US rollout of 5G wireless to reach its full potential, network security needs to be a priority. What are the security risks of 5G, and how can the US win the global 5G race?
    On this episode, position paper (https://www.bsa.org/files/policy-filings/07152020bsa5gsecurityagenda.pdf) titled “Securing 5G: A Call to Harness Software Innovation,” which discusses the transition from hardware-dominated networking to a software-centric model for 5G. Together, Shane and Tommy address the availability and importance of 5G network security tools.

    • 22 min
    The need for federal IT modernization (with Jason Oxman)

    The need for federal IT modernization (with Jason Oxman)

    Federal information technology (IT) is widely known to be outdated, but proposed legislation in Congress would fast-track federal IT modernization. If passed, the legislation would strengthen the government’s overall security by allowing departments and agencies to bring their systems into the digital innovation era with better cybersecurity and data collection mechanisms. Many agencies realize that upgraded legacy systems are crucial during the COVID-19 crisis. The government needs to change the procurement rules to allow for more emerging technologies that would enable more efficiency from both their IT systems and the employees who deliver their agencies’ services.
    On this episode, Shane (https://www.aei.org/profile/shane-tews/) to discuss why ITI has made federal IT modernization a priority. Jason’s insights on government investment in cybersecurity and privacy emphasize the extent to which the modernization of critical infrastructure (or lack thereof) will dictate the government’s ability to serve its citizens efficiently.

    • 15 min
    Contact tracing, data privacy, and ‘check-in culture’ (with Adrian Kinderis)

    Contact tracing, data privacy, and ‘check-in culture’ (with Adrian Kinderis)

    The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled a debate about contact tracing apps. Virginia recently rolled out an app that uses Google’s and Apple’s Bluetooth technology to notify users if they’ve been exposed to the virus. However, Australians began using contact tracing months ago, and have since debated the need to balance privacy with government regulation. Technology can ensure personal privacy, but based on the lessons from “down under,” what are the trade-offs of contact tracing? Are small businesses willing to endure a small fee for a solution that ensures they can reopen safely?







    On this episode, Shane is joined by Adrian Kinderis, a hospitality venue owner and CEO of GuestCheck Australia, an app that helps hospitality venues register their guests digitally. Adrian and his development team recently put together a contact tracing tool that notifies individuals if they have been in a location with a COVID-positive customer. As a small business owner, Adrian has also witnessed the impact of contact tracing apps on the customer service industry. He discusses the costs and benefits of current contact tracing apps in the US and Australia, along with their privacy implications.







    Download this episode’s transcript here.

    • 22 min
    The battle for global internet governance (with Dominique Lazanski)

    The battle for global internet governance (with Dominique Lazanski)

    China claims it is tired of western-centric internet governance, and is now seeking to establish a less centralized global internet based on newer, native products that reflect China’s policy agenda. What would the success of China’s model mean for the future of internet governance? What would it mean for human rights?







    On this episode, Shane is joined by Dominique Lazanski, principal consultant of Last Press Label, a UK-based consultancy that specializes in global cybersecurity and internet policy. They discuss Dominque’s new essay titled “Standardising the Splinternet: How China’s Technical Standards Could Fragment the Internet,” which looks at the relationship between China’s technological ambitions and the rise of a decentralized internet marketplace.







    Download this episode’s transcript here.

    • 24 min
    The potential of the digital dollar (with Jim Harper)

    The potential of the digital dollar (with Jim Harper)

    What will be the future of electronic payments? What are the advantages of a “digital dollar,” and how has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we distribute payments? 





    On this episode, Shane speaks with her colleague Jim Harper, a visiting fellow on AEI’s Technology Policy Studies team. They discuss the growth of digital payment technologies in the context of COVID-19, data privacy, and cybersecurity.







    Download this episode’s transcript here.

    • 20 min

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