Columns: the Center explores key issues and emerging trends in the digital realm

Researchers, the Center’s fellows, and guest writers expand on the findings from the Digital Future studies with commentaries that illuminate the evolving challenges and opportunities for individuals, communities, corporations, governments, and NGOs.


 Jeffrey Cole, Ph.D., founder and director

Two guys in a garage: where will the next disruptive company come from?
(March 21)

Five years later: the prediction on the end of printed newspapers  (March 7)

A 2005 prediction 13 years later: teenagers and social networks  (February 21)

Cinematic staring contest: MoviePass vs. movie theaters  (February 7)

As the movie studios consolidate, which one is next?  (January 25)

Subscription models move to the movie theater  (January 11, 2018)


How regulation is used to stifle competition  (December 7, 2017)

E-nuff Already!  (November 17)

Will banks do anything about the disruption coming their way?  (November 2)

The battle for the consumer’s wallet  (October 19)

What really happened to this summer’s box office  (October 4)

“Incremental” is not what Apple fans were waiting for  (September 13)

Implantables and the war between convenience and privacy  (August 31)

Apple’s future hangs in the balance  (August 17)

How driverless cars change everything  (August 3)

Amazon, sports, and the future of the broadcast networks  (July 13, 2017)


Brad Berens, Ph.D., chief strategy officer

The not-caring economy  (March 14)

It’s not information overload: it’s information hoarding  (February 28)

Retro futures and how they can help us to see what’s next (February 14)

It’s about so much more than health care  (February 1)

Facebook needs a Surgeon General’s warning  (January 18)

Why using cash won’t protect your privacy  (January 4, 2018) 


Death Star Scenario: Amazon Prime Bank  (December 14, 2017)

Adapt-amnesia, and why it matters  (November 30)

Ready, AIM, Fired… (November 9)

Email: a modest proposal  (October 26)

What comes after smartphones?  (October 12)

Is your next car an Apple sedan?  (September 28)

Why Amazon should buy Warby Parker (September 21)

Car ownership is changing, not dying — yet  (September 7)

Disney & Netflix & Amazon…oh my! (August 24)

Liquid Behavior (August 10)

Smartphones and drained brains (July 27)

The fall and rise of the visual internet (July 20, 2017)


Other voices from the Center 

Analysis by the Center staff

The political reality of the internet in China  (October 11, 2017)

Susanne Chan, guest scholar

Cybersecurity under Xi Jinping: a new model for broad control in China  (January 15, 2018)

Harlan Lebo, senior fellow

Are internet non-users a volunteer underclass? (September 6, 2017)

Bruce Ramer, Center Board of Governors

The future ain’t what it used to be  (February 27, 2017)

Michael Suman, research director

How much privacy should we expect? (July 26, 2017)


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