“Comments by FCC Commissioner James H. Quello at the Intelevent 90 “”Telecommunications in the 90’s: Economic and Technical Challenges and Opportunities.”” Session IV: “”Anticipation or Reaction: The Regulatory Role”””

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July 19th, 2017


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Concurring Statement of Commissioner James H. Quello Re: Amendment of Part 90, Subparts M and S, of the Coaaission’s Rules

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July 13th, 2017


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Using ICT to Develop Infrastructure Systems for the “Digital Anthropocene”

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the design and management of society’s core infrastructure systems (which I define broadly to include things like healthcare, education, housing and “money”) in an era marked by several important trends (for reasons suggested below, I refer to this as the “digital anthropocene”):

  1. substantial (and currently destructive) impacts of human activities on natural systems, a planetary phase referred to as the Anthropocene;
  2. continued and arguably mounting evidence that the status-quo dynamics within our dominant political and economic systems are aggravating rather than reducing inequalities in wealth and related factors;
  3. the dramatic expansion in scope, content and functionality of digitally-mediated connectivity among humans and “things” via ever-more-capable information and communication technology (ICT).

To flesh this out a bit, here are some examples of developments reflective of these trends (some of which I’ve already written about here):

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