Digital Media and Innovation takes an in-depth look at how smart, creative companies have transformed the business of media and telecommunications by introducing unique and original products and services. Today’s media managers are faced with the same basic question: what are the best methods for staying competitive over time? In one word: innovation. From electronic commerce (Amazon, Google) to music and video streaming (Apple, Pandora, and Netflix), digital media has transformed the business of retail selling and personal lifestyle. This text will introduce current and future media industry professionals to the people, companies, and strategies that have proven to be real game changers by offering the marketplace a unique value proposition for the consumer.

Smart Cities and the Common Good

Smart Cities and the Common Good

I will take a backseat to no one in my commitment to network neutrality because once providers start to privilege some applications or Web sites over others, then the smaller voices get squeezed out, and we all lose. The Internet is perhaps the most open network in history, and we have to keep it that way.

—Barack Obama, 2007


The 21st-century knowledge economy stands in marked contrast to the very assumptions and technology patterns of the industrial age. The industrial age gave us the concept of mass production that relied heavily on centralized manufacturing facilities, where the methods of assembly were highly routinized and standardized.1 In contrast, the 21st-century knowledge economy celebrates the entrepreneur and ...

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