Topic “Digital Technologies”

Digital Technologies

Enhancing the role of information and communications technologies in the 21st century.

This initiative examines the complex policy and legal questions raised by rapidly evolving digital technologies. Plummeting storage and communications costs, increasingly capable mobile devices, and the growth of the cloud are making anytime, anywhere access to information a reality for billions of people around the world. In addition to providing innumerable benefits, these changes are raising new challenges impacting privacy, the role of digital media, cybersecurity, intellectual property, and many other areas. Researchers at the Luskin Center are helping to develop national and international policy frameworks that are better matched to current and emerging digital technologies.

Select Publications

Co-Chairs: Ernie Allen & Steve Rubley, Vice Chair: John Villasenor
World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on the Intellectual Property System (Professor John Villasenor is vice-chair of this council)

Blogs

Intellectual property—patents, copyright, trademarks, trade secrets—plays a vital role in economic growth and prosperity.

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.

As 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.

Initiatives

Developing strategies to spur renewable energy and energy efficiency in California.
Advancing technological, economic, and policy solutions to develop underutilized local water systems.
Progressing health and environmental safety assessment and protection in the field of engineered nanomaterials.
Supporting the transition to electric-drive and alternative-fuel vehicles through innovative research and decision support.
Enhancing the role of information and communications technologies in the 21st century.
Paving the way for complete, living streets that create vibrant, productive and sustainable communities.
Strengthening local governments' capacity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.
Supporting the dissemination of clean technologies and the greening of other sectors.