I’m pleased to announce the publication of the Lewis Latimer Plan for Digital Equity and Inclusion, for which I served as volunteer co-author and editor-in-chief. The Plan, commissioned by the National Urban League, is a comprehensive agenda for closing what remains of the U.S. digital divide.
The plan, including a detailed executive summary, can be found here: https://nul.org/program/lewis-latimer-plan
The Latimer Plan occupied much of my time last year, and I’m excited to see it finally in print, just as Washington is beginning to debate infrastructure, a key (though not the sole) component of our plan. Though the Biden approach to network availability differs significantly from the Latimer plan, the goals of the two plans are the same, and it may be turn out that the Latimer approach wins out as the more cost-effective, timely, pragmatic, and bi-partisan. We’ll see!
This week in MIT Sloan Management Review, Larry proposed a series of solutions to looming crises in the regulation of disruptive innovation. The article, “How Should the Biden Administration Approach Tech Regulation? With Great Care,” proposed five principles lawmakers have traditionally followed in regulating emerging technologies, but which have fallen out of favor in the last decade as the pace of technological change continues to accelerate. Larry argues that the relative slowness of law favors less, not more, intervention.
Larry also participated in a lively debate with SMR editor in chief Paul Michelman about his proposal. You can listen to in on the SMR website.
Today for Harvard Business Review, Larry cautions regulators of potentially transformative technologies to consider likely benefits as well as potential costs, and try to find a balance between the two. With so much of the tech-related news focused on harms, many of them unquantified or carefully studied, we risk losing out on some of the most important breakthroughs still to come from the digital revolution.
In a new article published this week in MIT Sloan Management Review, Larry and his co-authors assess the impact of the global pandemic on continuing digital disruption. COVID-19, they conclude, has accelerated disruptive trends already well underway, in particular with regard to consumer demand for digital devices, networks, and services.
Businesses and other institutions hoping to survive, let alone thrive, in a post-COVID economy will need to accelerate efforts to embrace innovative virtual business practices, internally and externally.
The article offers five disruption imperatives, pragmatic strategies that leading enterprises have already adopted.
Larry and National Broadband Plan author Blair Levin published a white paper this week with the Aspen Institute on the Internet’s many contributions to managing the COVID-19 crisis. The authors propose an initiative to review remaining gaps in the digital transformation of business, a cross between the NBP and the 9/11 Commission. Read their recommendations here:
Larry’s new book, “Pivot to the Future,” co-authored with Omar Abbosh and Paul Nunes of Accenture, went on sale this week with a big bang, premiering as the #1 strategy title on Amazon.
The book also got an opening day window display at the Barnes & Noble flagship store on Fifth Avenue, pictured above.
At the New York City launch event on April 22nd, Larry joined his co-authors and special guest Arianna Huffington for a terrific discussion moderated by Fortune magazine CEO Alan Murray.
Visit the PTTF website at www.pivottothefuture.com for more details and to watch a video of the event.