Friday, January 28, 2011

A Plug for a Worthy Research Program

Time Warner Cable recently announced the second year of its Research Program on Digital Communications, which awards stipends designed to foster research dedicated to increasing understanding of the benefits and challenges facing the future of digital technologies in the home, office, classroom and community.

I've read most of the essays that were published as a result of the first year's stipends, and I heartily commend them to you. You can find these first essays, authored by well-known scholars such as Dale Hatfield and Christopher Yoo, here. Fernando Laguarda, TWC's Vice-President, External Affairs and Policy Counselor, is the director of the research program. Fernando, along with Gail MacKinnon and other TWC executives, deserves much credit for its development and implementation.

All this is a prelude to a plug for participation by scholars in this year's program. Certainly, still at the relative dawn of the digital age, there remain many worthy public policy issues to be examined and debated in a scholarly way. TWC's 2011 Research Announcement sets forth the program’s guidelines and the list of research questions. Researchers affiliated with universities and not-for-profits are eligible to apply for the stipends. More information can be found at the research program website or by following The deadlines for submission of applications are April 1, 2011 and November 1, 2011.

PS – While in the mode of plugging for worthwhile causes relating to digital age public policy, I can't resist adding that if you haven't already registered for the Free State Foundation's Third Annual Winter Telecom Policy Conference on February 4, you should do so now. The theme of the conference is: "Broadband Policy: One Year After the National Broadband Plan." FCC Commissioners Meredith Baker and Robert McDowell head an all-star lineup. The conference agenda is here. Register by rsvp-ing to Kathee Baker at