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March 16, 2016
Written by: Sarah Godoy The accessibility of technology is revolutionizing how the 3.17 billion Internet-users view and share information. Google generates 3.5 billion searches per day, or 1.2 trillion searches per year, and takes an average of .2 seconds to generate search results. Even among the most marginalized populations in the world, including Syria’s refugee children—86% of whom have access to a smartphone—and human trafficking victims, access to technology is pervasive. This...
March 16, 2016
Written by: Rebecca Sadwick and Sarah GodoyFor many, the term “human trafficking” evokes images of perversions hidden in illicit underground markets of developing nations. Ironically, the demand of developed nations like the United States drive the illicit markets domestically and overseas, and hundreds of thousands of domestic and foreign-born adults and children are at risk of being sex trafficked within the United States each year. The demand for commercial sex acts with minors is not...
May 13, 2015
Via Rachel Wolfson's LinkedInIt’s quite obvious that a gender gap exists between women and men in the tech startup world. An article featured on TechCrunch noted that, “Of the 1090 startups that raised Series A rounds in 2014, approximately 10 percent were founded by women. By state, California and New York stood on equal footing just slightly above the national average, where 12 percent of companies had at least one female founder.”Yes, the great gender divide in the world of tech still...
March 25, 2015
via UCLA AndersonOn Tuesday, March 24, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, convened a hearing titled Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Key Considerations Regarding Safety, Innovation, Economic Impact, and Privacy. Among the witnesses scheduled to give testimonial is John Villasenor, UCLA professor of electrical engineering and public policy and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C....
January 29, 2015
We can't afford not to take advantage of vehicle automation technologies. With proper design, testing and regulation, advanced vehicle automation has the potential to greatly reduce the number of injuries and fatalities attributable to motor vehicle accidents.Vehicle automation has already provided important safety advantages. Technologies such as electronic stability control — which improves performance on turns and slippery surfaces — and anti-lock brakes have been around for many years, and...
August 11, 2014
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By John Villasenor via The Chronicle of Higher EducationIntellectual property—patents, copyright, trademarks, trade secrets—plays a vital role in economic growth and prosperity. Yet outside of law schools, most American colleges provide little or no opportunity for students to receive any substantive instruction in it. As a result, students often graduate under the misimpression, no doubt shared by many of their professors, that IP is a topic of interest and relevance only to lawyers, with...
May 17, 2014
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The past several years have seen bitcoin and other cryptocurriences become a multibillion dollar ecosystem, attracting hundreds of startup companies and over $100 million in venture capital investments.Cryptocurrencies are undoubtedtly innovative in the context of payments. But they also provide some broader lessons with relevance far beyond the financial world. Here are five things that the growth of cryptocurrencies can teach us about the future of innovation.Written by John...
May 14, 2014
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Written by: John Villasenor, PhD at The Brookings Institute Executive SummaryAs driverless cars—or more formally, autonomous vehicles—continue to attract growing interest and investment, the associated liability issues are also getting increased attention. Often, this attention comes in the form of suggestions that liability concerns will slow or even completely prevent consumer access to advanced autonomous vehicle technology.That would be a mistake. While liability will always be...
January 21, 2014
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Originally Posted on The Brookings Institution. Our Digital Technologies Initiative Director, John Villasenor wrote a Report for The Brookings Instituation about cyber security. Executive Summary: Electronic “chips” are found everywhere—not just in critical defense systems, but also in the broader infrastructure for power, finance, communications, and transportation. All of these systems function effectively only when the electronic circuits at their heart...
December 05, 2013
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John Villasenor, the director of the Luskin Center's digital technologies initiative, will be a panelist at the Department of Commerce's Green Paper conference about "Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy." The conference will be led by The Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task force to discuss "five policy issues critical to economic growth, job creation and cultural development."In particular, this conference will be an outcome of further discussion drawn...