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- APRU 2015 Summer Seminar: The Internet Economy in Asia. Keio University, Tokyo. August 24-29, 2015
Jonathan Aronson is Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California as well as Professor of International Relations at USC.
Professor Aronson writes on issues related to international communication policy, globalization and international trade and trade negotiations. His current research focuses on ways in which communication and network developments related to privacy, equity, standard setting, competition policy, and international intellectual property shape the path of globalization. His most recent writings consider the implications of new communications technologies for globalization and international communications competition.
He is the co-author of a forthcoming volume: Digital DNA: Implications of the Information and Production Disruption for Global Governance, with Peter Cowhey,
His 2009 book (with P. Cowhey) Transforming Global Information and Communication Markets: The Political Economy of Innovation (MIT, 2009) explains how innovation in information and communication technology (ICT) fuels the growth of the global economy. It suggests that the interests of all ICT suppliers and consumers are changing rapidly due to the diffusion of Internet, wireless, and broadband technology; growing modularity in the design of technologies; distributed computing infrastructures; and rapidly changing business models for IT industry leaders. It posits that the direction of the evolution of ICT markets depends on politics and policy. Aronson and his collaborators argue that continued rapid innovation and economic growth requires new approaches in global governance that will reconcile diverse interests and enable competition to flourish. This book is available under a Creative Commons Attribution – Noncommercial – Share Alike 3.0 license. It can be accessed here.
His other books include Managing the World Economy: The Consequences of International Corporate Alliances (Council on Foreign Relations) and When Countries Talk: International Trade in Telecommunications Services (Ballinger) and Trade Talks: America Better Listen! (Council on Foreign Relations).
Professor Aronson’s positions at USC have included: Director of USC’s School of International Relations and Executive Director of the Annenberg Center for Communication. He served as President of the Association of Professional School of International Affairs (APSIA), as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs fellow in the Office of the US Trade Representative, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Affairs.
Aronson graduated from Harvard University and received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Saint Petersburg State University.
Positions, Honors and Fellowships
Director, USC School of International Relations (1995- 2001)
Co- Director, European Union Center of California (1998-2001)
Honorary Doctorate, St. Petersburg State University (2001)
President, Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (1998)
European Community’s Visitors Program (1995)
Council of Foreign Relations International Affair Fellowship (at USTR) (1982- 1983)
Harvard Center for International Affairs (1975-1976)
International Communications Policy
International Political Economy
Globalization and Global Networks
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1976
A.B., Harvard University, 1971
- August 27 2015: Jonathan Aronson and his collaborator Peter Cowhey from UCSD addressed the senior management of NTT on “The Lesson from New Innovation Models for Policy.”
- November 16, 2009: The new political scenario of Information and Communication Technology (ICT): post-modularity
- Keynote lecture delivered at the Secretariat of Strategic Affairs of the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil’s “Alternatives for Infrastructure Development and Broadband Access” seminar. Click here for the powerpoint presentation.
- Oct. 12, 2009: Annenberg Research Seminar: Jonathan Aronson
- Professor Aronson talks about Promoting Robust ICT Innovation at the Inflection Point. The talk draws from his recent book (with Peter Cowhey), Transforming Global Information and Communication Markets: The Political Economy of Innovation.
- April 13, 2009: Aspen Institute: Jonathan Aronson discusses his new book Transforming Global Information and Communication Markets: The Political Economy of Innovation with co-authors Peter Cowhey and Don Abelson – Click here to view the video
- April 11, 2008: Global Governance in the Digital Era, Annenberg Network on International Communication: Jonathan Aronson Global Governance in the Digital Era
- J. D. Aronson and P. Cowhey, The Information and Communication Revolution and International Relations in Robert A. Denemark, The International Studies Compendium Project, (Blackwell Publishing, 2010)
- J. D. Aronson, International Intellectual Property Rights in a Networked World in Helen Milner and Andrew Moravcsik, Power, Interdependence, and Non-State Actors in World Politics (Princeton University Press, 2009), 185-203. [Reforming intellectual property protection for developing countries]
- P. Cowhey, J. D. Aronson, and J. E. Richards, “Shaping the Architecture of the U.S. Information and Communication Technology Architecture: A Political Economic Analysis,” Special Issue of Review of Policy Research, 26:1-2 (January 2009) 105-125. [Political economy of US Telecom Policy change from mid-1950s to 2000]
- P. Cowhey, J. D. Aronson, and J. Richards, The Peculiar Evolution of 3G Networks: Institutional Logic, Politics, and Property Rights, in W. J. Drake and E. J. Wilson III, (eds.), Governing Global Electronic Networks: International Perspectives on Power and Policy (MIT Press, 2008), 149-186
- J. D. Aronson, The Causes and Consequences of the Global Communication Revolution in John Baylis and Steve Smith, (eds.) The Globalization of World Politics Third edition (OUP, December 2004), 621-643. [An extensive revision of a chapter written for the second edition.] For a Chinese translation, please click here.
My 2009 Book
I published Transforming Global Information and Communication Markets: The Political Economy of Innovation with Peter Cowhey in 2009.
The online version of this work is available free of charge as a PDF file under a Creative Commons Attribution – Noncommercial – Share Alike 3.0 license.
The print version is available for purchase from MIT Press and Amazon.
Table of Contents (Click to download individual sections as PDFs):
- I The Inflection Point
- II A Theoretical Interlude
- III Three Dimensions of Global Market Governance
- Summary and Conclusions (with Donald Abelson)
- COMM 487: Communication and Global Organizations
- ASCJ 420: Annenberg Collaboratory: Digging Deep
- IR 331: The Global Economy 2030 (with John Eatwell)