China won’t repeat protectionist past in digital realm

See our new CircleID commentary on the China-Google dustup and its implications for an open Internet: China is nowhere near closing for business as it did five centuries ago. One doubts, however, that the Ming emperor knew he was dooming his people for the next couple hundred years, depriving them of the goods and ideas of the coming Industrial Revolution. China’s …

Romer’s transformative “Charter Cities”

Stanford economist Paul Romer has had lots of good ideas over the years. Particularly his ideas about the importance of ideas in the economy. But his “Charter City” idea explored at the recent TED conference is one of the best yet. Maybe I like it so much because it so closely tracks the concepts offered in my long paper of …