Net neutrality is very much in the news these days. But net neutrality is just one part of a much larger conversation that we should be having about communications and information technology. Whatever the state of play a year from now, the technology we rely so much upon will already be different, and more different still a year after that.
But policy isn’t keeping up. The time for a big rethink is well overdue. Starting in this issue, we’re partnering with the Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute at New York Law School in presenting a series of essays on the various challenges and opportunities ahead. We open with two essays, one by Democracy co-founder Andrei Cherny and the other by Robert Atkinson and Doug Brake, that describe the stakes.
Next: Bard College President Leon Botstein on higher education and civic life; Heather K. Gerken and James T. Dawson on how the “spillover” effects of state and local laws promote democracy and debate; F. Gregory Gause, III on how to make sense of the political maneuverings of the Gulf petro-states; Richard Vague on the potential crisis that looms in the form of China’s huge private debt; and Michael O’Hare on what a better job our major art museums could be doing in how they present art to us.
We also offer review essays by former Syria ambassador Robert Ford on ISIS; Simon Lazarus on the current legal challenge to Obamacare; and Diane E. Meier on Atul Gawande. Finally, Zephyr Teachout pens a response to Lee Drutman’s review of her book.