The Quello Center was honored with the Merit 2019 Innovation Award for original contributions to the Michigan Moonshot project.
The Quello Team, led by Co-PIs Johannes Bauer, Laleah Fernandez, and Keith Hampton, developed a multi faceted approach to increase our understanding of the quality of broadband connectivity and its effects on school performance. This is the first study to combine crowd-sourced network data with survey data, administered initially in 202 classrooms in three intermediate school districts across Michigan. Based on the lessons from the pilot phase, the team, working with Merit Network and MLab, plans to scale the project across the state and beyond.
Professor Adam Candeub, Director of the Intellectual Property, Information & Communications Law Program in MSU’s College of Law, has organised a very promising event for the 2nd and 3rd of October, entitled ‘Public Domain(s): Law, Generating Knowledge in the Information Economy‘. In addition to Adam, speakers include: Johannes M. Bauer, Chairperson of the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, & Media, Michigan State University; John F. Blevins, Associate Professor of Law, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law; Bruce Boyden, Assistant Professor, Marquette University Law School; Daniel Brenner, Judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court; Annemarie Bridy, Alan G. Sheppard Professor of Law, University of Idaho College of Law; Jennifer Carter-Johnson, Associate Professor, Michigan State University College of Law; James M. Chen, Justin Smith Morrill Chair in Law, Professor, Michigan State University College of Law; Jorge Contreras, Associate Professor, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah; Robert Frieden, Professor and Pioneers Chair in Telecommunication and Affiliate Law Faculty, Penn State University; Yaniv Heled, Assistant Professor, Georgia State University College of Law; Justin (Gus) Hurwitz, Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska College of Law; Thomas D. Jeitschko, Professor, Michigan State University; Daryl Lim, Assistant Professor, John Marshall Law School; and Jonathan Obar, Assistant Professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Research Associate, Quello Center, Michigan State University; J. Janewa Osei-Tutu, Assistant Professor, Florida International University College of Law; Sean A. Pager, Associate Professor, Associate Director Intellectual Property, Information & Communications Law Program, Michigan State University College of Law; Mark F. Schultz, Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University School of Law; and Andrew W. Torrance, Professor and Docking Faculty Scholar, University of Kansas School of Law. The schedule of panels and talks is available online, along with related information about the event, at: http://www.law.msu.edu/ipic/public-domains/schedule.html
Sung Wook Ji, a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Media & Information at MSU, has organized a series of lectures for Michigan State University’s Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) around communication technology and policy issues. The Quello Center will work with Professor Ji to bring the series to a larger audience through a set of interviews and short Webcasts. In addition to Prof. Sung Wook Ji, speakers will include Professors Johannes Bauer, Charles Steinfield, Steve Wildman and Constantinos Coursaris of the Department of Media & Information, and Professor Adam Candeub of the Law School at MSU. Topics will range from an introduction to U.S. communications law and policy Issues (focusing on Internet policy), including focused talks on such issues as content regulation, spectrum management, and ICT4D, to new media business models and trends in multichannel video distribution and consumption. Many of the talks will be held in the Quello Center meeting room and you can follow these VIPP events and Webcasts on this blog.
The Director of the Quello Center, Bill Dutton, first worked with Sung Wook on an edited chapter for Society and the Internet, edited by Mark Graham and William Dutton, and published by Oxford University Press in 2014. Sung Wook’s chapter with David Waterman contributes an important set of empirical findings to debates over the impact of the Internet on film industries, arguing that despite declining revenues, more films are being produced without a reduction in quality, in part due to cost reductions enabled by digital media. It is a must read chapter. See their chapter, entitled ‘The Impact of the Internet on Media Industries: An Economic Perspective’, in Society and the Internet.
MSU has named Professor Johannes Bauer as the recipient of a Distinguished Faculty Award. Johannes has helped direct the Quello Center and is one of its major researchers. Professor Bauer has gained a reputation as one of the world’s leading scholars in the area of telecommunications policy, with a remarkable record of global engagement, sustained productivity and grant funding. Bauer’s research on the governance of complex network infrastructures has informed policy makers and scholars throughout the world. He has applied economic theory to analyze how malware evolves, which has led to new Internet security approaches, while concurrently developing a distinct theoretical framework for telecommunications policy that is synchronized with his empirical work. Bauer’s unique and informed blending of economic theory, policy analysis and international comparative studies has led to his being sought out for his advice and counsel by the world’s foremost international telecommunications policy institutions, including the Federal Communications Commission in the United States and the United Nations International Telecommunications Union in Geneva. He has been described by a noted law and policy scholar from Harvard as “one of the most distinctive and influential scholars in telecommunications policy in the world today.”
Bauer’s publications, which number more than 100, have appeared in leading journals in his field, including “Telecommunications Policy,” “Information Economics and Policy” and “Communications and Strategies.” Bauer is chairman of the board of directors for the annual TPRC Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy, the premiere scholarly meeting for his field, and serves on the board of directors for the International Telecommunications Society.
Bauer is widely regarded as an enthusiastic and engaging teacher who encourages active debate in the classroom. An assignment in his graduate communications policy class a few years ago required his students to prepare entries for Wikipedia on communications policy issues as part of a multi-university initiative sponsored by the WikiMedia Foundation. His class was ranked as the strongest in the country in terms of its contributions. An exceptional mentor who always puts students’ needs ahead of his own, Bauer has guided numerous Ph.D. students to successful academic careers in both the United States and abroad. His undergraduate students are equally enthusiastic about his classes, acknowledging him as a brilliant and innovator teacher, whose classes are always enjoyable.
To read about the other winners, visit MSU Today’s article.