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Comm Policy 2019 - Background Readings

This collection of reading materials was created to prepare participants for the 2019 Aspen Institute Conference on Communications Policy. The readings provide an overview of online harms faced by consumers, how national and international governments are approaching regulation of platform companies, and ways in which to facilitate smart regulatory strategies.

Future Benefits and Harms: IoT+AI+5G
Government of the United Kingdom, “Online Harms: White Paper,” April 2019, pp. 31, 41, 46-47, 49-50, 53,
55, 59, 64. Available online: ne_Harms_White_Paper.pdf

Nicol Turner Lee, Paul Resnick, and Genie Barton, “Algorithmic bias detection and mitigation: Best practices and policies to reduce consumer harms,” Brookings Institution, May 22, 2019, excerpted. Available online: reduce-consumer-harms/

Blair Levin, “The Coming Digital Divide: What to Do, and Not Do, About It,” Brookings Institution, February 15, 2018. Available online: what-to-do-and-not-do-about-it/

Regulatory Models and Jurisdiction
Committee for the Study of Digital Platforms, “Market Structure and Antitrust Subcommittee Report,” Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, May 15, 2019, pp. 34, 44-54, 55- 57. Available online:

Richard Whitt, “Hiding in the Open: How Tech Network Policies Can Inform Openness by Design (and Vice Versa),” Georgetown Law Technology Review, January 2019, pp. 28-32, 35-42, 66-78, 79-80. Available online: 80.pdf

Charlie Firestone, “A Modest Proposal for a New Department of Networks and Data: Rethinking the American Communications and Information Regulatory Scheme,” The Aspen Institute, June 24, 2019. Available upon request