Anthony J. Pennings, PhD

WRITINGS ON DIGITAL STRATEGIES, ICT ECONOMICS, AND GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS

Zeihan’s Global Prognostics and Sustainable Development, Part I

This post looks at Zeihan’s hypotheses and their implications for sustainable development, roughly defined by the United Nations Brundtland Commission as meeting the needs of the present, without compromising future generations. While one might say that all countries in the world are undergoing a transition to sustainable development, countries have different circumstances and develop development and economic policies and solutions differently.

MMT in a Post-Covid-19 Environment

We hear the term “printing money” a lot, usually by gold or bitcoin enthusiasts who believe in establishing strict financial constraints. By establishing “hard money” and limiting the quantity of money in an economy, they hope to see their assets rise in value while keeping prices down. Certainly, governments do print some of their money for public use, but the preponderance of funds are entries in digital ledger accounts.

U.S. Internet Policy, Part 6: Broadband Infrastructure and the Digital Divide

The digital divide proved to be more consequential than ever as the K-shaped recovery took shape, exacerbating income divisions. The divide has been particularly stressful on American families as schools and other activities for kids closed down during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some 20 million Americans had no or very slow Internet service while another 100 million cannot afford broadband.

Wireless Charging Infrastructure for EVs: Snack and Sell?

The strategy behind wireless charging will probably focus more on what WiTricity has coined “power snacking” than full meals. Snacking is actually better for your battery. The snacking can be done by a waiting taxi, a bus stopping for a queue of passengers, and perhaps cars waiting at a red light. Shopping centers are likely locations to “capture” customers with charging stalls, especially if they have their own micro-grids with solar panels on the roof. Infrastructure has been tested to charge these cars while even in motion.

Engineering the Politics of TCP/IP and the Enabling Framework of the Internet

The protocols shape flows of information. Protocols have strong influence on the flow of information.

ICT and Sustainable Development: Some Origins

I teach a course called ICT for Sustainable Development (ICT4SD) every year. It refers to information and communications technologies (ICT) enlisted in the service of cities, communities, and countries to help them be economically and environmentally healthy. An important consideration for sustainability is that they don’t impose on conditions or compromise resources that will be […]

Diamonds are a World’s Best Friend? Carbon Capture and Cryptocurrency Blockchains

Instead of mining gold or even Bitcoin, why not move to a diamond standard? Why not use diamonds from carbon recaptured from the atmosphere? Instead of “conflict diamonds,” why not have “climate diamonds?” Can diamonds replace gold and back other currencies?

Modern Monetary “Practice” and the Fear of Inflation in a Low-Supply Economy

So the economy looks to be at risk in late 2021. Will the practical application of MMT provide operational guidance for a new era of prosperity? Can infrastructure and climate change solutions provide sufficient returns on these investments? The big question is whether government spending for such programs can avoid significant inflationary pressures?

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    Professor at State University of New York (SUNY) Korea since 2016. Moved to Austin, Texas in August 2012 to join the Digital Media Management program at St. Edwards University. Spent the previous decade on the faculty at New York University teaching and researching information systems, digital economics, and strategic communications.

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