The Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI), in partnership with the International Media Management Academic Association (IMMAA), holds a monthly seminar program focused on strategy, management, and policy issues in telecommunications, computing, and electronic mass media.

The seminars feature a presentation from an invited speaker and then opens up to Q&A and discussion from the audience.

Forthcoming Speakers:

June 2, 11am-12pm EDT
Robert McChesney
Professor of Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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July 7, 11am-12pm EDT
Robert Picard
Senior Research Fellow, Reuters Institute, University of Oxford.

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Past Speakers:

May 5, 11am-12pm EDT
Thomas Hess
Professor of Information Systems & Management; Director, Institute for Digital Management and New Media, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München


"Digital Paywalls"

Hess has observed that digitalization has exacerbated the monetization of news content, such that changing consumption behavior of readers and insufficient digital advertising revenues have pushed news publishers to increase direct revenue generation in the digital environment. News publishers commonly implement digital paywalls based on freemium models, restricting free content offerings in terms of either choice (premium paywall) or quantity (metered paywall). Although research on information systems, marketing, and media management has intensively investigated the consequences of digital paywalls on news websites, the content monetization dilemma still does not seem to be solved. 

This talk therefore provided an overview of three central digital paywall research streams: (1) offering free content, paid content, or both; (2) consequences of introducing a digital paywall; and (3) the impact of the digital paywall configuration on user behavior. The talk concludes with questions that needs to be addressed in future research.

March 3, 11am-12pm EST
John Rose
Managing Director for the Media Practice, and Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group

"Consumer Trends in Streaming Video and the Future Shape of the TV Landscape"

Rose is engaged in innovation built on big data strategy. He has led a multiyear effort with the World Economic Forum on big data and consumer information. He has also contributed an online course on digital transformation, in partnership with the University of Virginia and Coursera. 

Prior to joining BCG in 2004, John was executive vice president at the major music group EMI. At EMI, John developed and oversaw the company’s digital business, antipiracy efforts, cost restructuring, and strategic options. Before EMI, John spent almost 20 years with McKinsey, where he was a director and coleader of the global media and entertainment practice.

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February 3, 2022, 11am-12pm EST
Jaron Lanier
Pioneer of virtual reality technology and applications


January 13, 2022, 11am-12pm EST
Vint Cerf
"Father of the Internet", and VP/ Chief Internet Evangelist, Google


Vint briefly reviewed the history and the policy issues that have arisen with the growth of the Internet and its new applications, looking ahead to the impact and implications on internet companies and others.

November 4, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT
Julia Cagé      
Associate Professor of Economics, Sciences Po, Paris; CEPR Research Fellow


Julia Cagé is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at Sciences Po Paris, and a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in Public Economics, Industrial Organization and Economic History. She is also co-director of the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP)’s “Evaluation of Democracy” research group. Her research interests focus on political economy, economic history, industrial organization and development. Julia is particularly interested in media economics, political participation and political attitudes, and has already authored two books on the subject: Saving the Media. Capitalism, Crowdfunding and Democracy (2015), and L’Information à tout prix (2017). Saving the Media was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Best Book on Media of the 2016 edition of the “Prix des Assises du Journalisme”. Her most recent book, The Price of Democracy (2020), scrutinizes contemporary democracy and proposes radical new solutions for political funding. 

October 7, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT
Christopher Yoo
Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science, University of Pennsylvania


Yoo is Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science as well as the Founding Director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition.  He has emerged as one of the world’s leading authorities on law and technology. One of the most cited scholars in administrative and regulatory law as well as intellectual property, he has authored five books and over 100 scholarly works. Further detail can be found below.


His work focuses on investigating innovative ways to connect more people to the Internet; comparing antitrust law in China, Europe and the US; and analyzing the technical determinants of optimal interoperability. 

In his talk, Professor Yoo addressed the following topic: Media and competition policymakers around the world have become increasingly concerned about “big data,” which leads them to focus on the amount of consumer information they are able to obtain and control in the abstract. But what exactly do we mean by the “data market” and by market power in it? This presentation deconstructed different types and attributes of data, how their value depends on the business model to which they are being applied, and the inevitable role of diminishing marginal returns.


September 2, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT
Andrea Prat 
Professor of Business and Economics, Columbia University


Andrea Prat is the Richard Paul Richman Professor at Columbia University. His work focuses on organizational economics and political economy. His current research in organizational economics explores – through theoretical modeling, field experiments, and data analysis – issues such as incentive provision, corporate leadership, employee motivation, and organizational language. His work attempts to define and measure the influence of the media industry on the democratic process. Recent articles in this area include: “Media Power” in Journal of Political Economy (2018) and “Measuring and Protecting Media Plurality in the Digital Age” Knight First Amendment Institute (2020). He served as Chairman and Managing Editor of the Review of Economic Studies.


August 5, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT
Luis Cabral     
Professor of Economics and International Business, New York University


Luis Cabral is the Paganelli-Bull Professor of Economics and International Business and the Chair of the Economic Department at NYU’s Stern School of Business. Prof. Cabral's research is focused on the dynamics of firm competition, both from the antitrust and the strategy perspectives. His research topics include networks and network effects; corporate reputation; and a focus on media and entertainment industries. In addition to numerous journal articles, he is the author of Introduction to Industrial Organization, a textbook translated and adopted by universities in dozens of countries worldwide. From 2004-2009, he was a member of European Commission President Barroso's Group of Economic Policy Analysis (a group of 12 members).


July 1, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT
Sherry Turkle  
Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, MIT


Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT and the founding director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. Turkle writes on the “subjective side” of people’s relationships with technology, especially computers. She is an expert on culture and therapy, mobile technology, social networking, and sociable robotics. A licensed clinical psychologist, she is the author of six books, including the brand-new The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir (Penguin, 2021), which ties together her personal story with her groundbreaking research on technology, empathy, and ethics. Her other books include the New York Times bestsellers

  • Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age;
  • Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other;
  • The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit;
  • Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet; and Simulation and Its Discontents.

Professor Turkle is a Ms. Magazine “Woman of the Year”, a TED speaker, a featured media commentator, the recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller Humanities fellowships, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Thursday June 3, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT
Don Tapscott
CEO, Tapscott Group, former Chancellor, Trent University


Don Tapscott is one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of ICT technology in business and society. Tapscott, the former Chancellor of Trent University in Canada, is CEO of the Tapscott Group and the co-founder and Executive Chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute. He has authored or co-authored sixteen books on the application of technology in business and society. Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything (2006) was number one on the 2007 management book charts and is among the most influential business books of the last 15 years. He is also co-author of the book Blockchain Revolution (2016, 2018), a seminal writing on blockchain technology.


Thursday May 6, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT
Alfonso Tabernero
President of the University of Navarra and Professor of Media Management

"The world after the pandemic. Ideas for media firms."


Alfonso Sánchez-Tabernero is the 8th president of the University of Navarra and professor of Information Industries in its School of Communications. He is a former President of the European Media Management Education Association (1998-2004).  The university includes one of the world’s top ranked schools of management, IESE in Barcelona.  


His research is centered on various aspects related to the strategic direction of communications industries, and has published more than fifty articles about media management and media economics. 

The aim of this seminar is to share reflections about the long-term impact of Covid-19 for news and entertainment organizations.

Thursday April 1, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT
Anindya Ghose
Professor of Technology and Marketing at NYU

"Using Mobile Technologies to Improve Business and Society"


Anindya Ghose is the author of TAP: Unlocking the Mobile Economy which was a double winner in the 2018 Axiom Business Book Awards and has been translated into five languages. Ghose’s work primarily discusses the machinations and effects of Internet and electronic systems on social economic impact. In 2014 he was named by the MBA student blog Poets and Quants as one of the "Top 40 Professors Under 40 Worldwide" and by Analytics Week as one the "Top 200 Thought Leaders in Big Data and Business Analytics". In 2017 he was recognized by Thinkers50 as one of the Top 30 Management Thinkers globally most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led in the next generation. In 2019, he was recognized by Web of Science citation Index in the top 1% of researchers selected for their significant influence in their fields over a 10 year period.


This presentation analyzed how mobile communications technologies shape consumer behavior, based on nine forces that operate separately and in combination. One application are mobile health platforms.  Ghose reported on a large-scale field experiment.


Thursday March 4th, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm EST
Robert Metcalfe
Professor of Innovation, University of Texas-Austin

"Pathologies of Connectivity"


Bob Metcalfe has been an internet pioneer since its inception, and the inventor of ethernet, one of the core inventions that enabled the internet.  He went on to found the multibillion-dollar networking company 3Com, now part of HP. He received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. 


Metcalfe discussed the single most important new fact about the human condition, that we are now all connected. Connectivity has its own rules — e.g. “Metcalfe’s Law” — and its dimensions of disruptions, pathologies, and paradoxes. And now comes the ‘augmented video mobile gigabit Internet of Things’, adding another acceleration.

Thursday, February 4, 2021 12:00-1:00pm EST
Chris W. Anderson
Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds

"Quantifying Values: Metrics, Objectification, and the Shifting Ground of Newsroom Norms"


Chris Anderson is Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds and a member of the board of advisors at the Tow Center, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He studied journalism, politics, and how the production of public knowledge is being transformed in the digital age. His most recent publication is Apostles of Certainty: Data Journalism and the Politics of Doubt (Oxford University Press), which tells the intertwined history of data journalism and the social sciences in the United States


Prior to teaching at the University of Leeds, he was an Associate Professor of Media Culture at the City University of New York.


Thursday January 21, 2021, 12:00pm-1:00pm EST
Lawrence Lessig
Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

“The Business Model of Democratic Culture”


Lawrence Lessig is a noted academic and activist. He has been a thought leader on cyberspace law, intellectual property, spectrum, and electoral reforms. His books in the media field include “Code and other Laws of Cyberspace”; “The Future of Ideas”; “Free Culture”; “Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy.” Lessig has been described by another pathbreaking legal scholar, Richard Posner, as “the most distinguished law professor of his generation.”  Lessig was the founder of Creative Commons, which aims to make creative work freely and easily available.  He has long been a supporter of open source/open access/net neutrality. In 2016, he was a candidate for President of the United States, running for the Democratic Party’s nomination.