Brookings Review

Quarterly magazine focuses on economic, political and foreign policy issues.

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 1, Winter

Bridging the Divide Naturally
Now that telephone service is virtually ubiquitous, the new worry is that not all households are using these connections in a digital mode--that is, to connect to the Internet. Given the Internet's recent vintage and, until the past year or two, the...
CAN Antitrust KEEP UP?
Competition Policy in High-Tech Markets Not since the 1911 breakup of the Standard Oil trust has a government antitrust case attracted as much public attention as the Justice Department's thus-far successful suit against high-tech giant Microsoft....
Cutting through Environmental ISSUES
Technology as a Double-Edged Sword Slacks covers everything. It sifts in everywhere. Slack is what doesn't melt in the mountains of red ore--a metal particle, powdered ore, powdered metal. It silts down all growing things. You can see the tiny bits...
Cybercrime Dilemma
Is It Possible to Guarantee Both Security and Privacy? Internet regulation--from taxation to censorship--has been a legislative nonstarter in Washington. Yet change the name from regulation to cyber security and one finds an array of legislation...
Genomics
The Path Ahead for Science, Medicine, and Society We are living in a time of breathtaking advances in our understanding of how the human body works. We are learning what makes us function at the most fundamental level: that of genes and the proteins...
Improving Our Nation's Schools through Computers & Connectivity
In the name of improving the nation's schools and closing the digital divide, the federal government has embarked on a massive program to connect every school to the Internet. School districts too are spending vast sums on computers, software, and...
Is U.S. Science Policy at Risk?
Trends in Federal Support for R&D Although Washington cannot be said ever to have had a coherent technology policy, the United States has nevertheless done well compared with most nations in supporting and sustaining innovation. Since World...
Music on the Internet
A New World Is Waiting Much has been written about the threat posed by the Internet to the record industry. Headlines suggest that industry executives, their heels dug into the "traditional" way of doing things, spend their days plotting court challenges...
Technology and America's Good Times
By any standard, the American economy has performed extraordinarily well during the past several years. Inflation has been low and relatively stable. The unemployment rate has hovered in the neighborhood of 4 percent, a level not seen in a generation....
THE Copyright Paradox
Fighting Content Piracy in the Digital Era The Internet has given rise to a puzzling copyright paradox. To hear the recording industry tell it, the copyright world as we know it is coming to an end. Between Gnutella and Napster-like sites, fans...
Whom to Protect and How?
The Public, the Government, and the Internet Revolution The United States is now in the second stage of a major technological transformation. What began in the 1980s as the Computer Revolution has extended its reach and become the Computer and Internet...
Why a Presidential Dead Heat in 2000?
As riveting and historic as the weeks-long post-election struggle to determine the winner of the 2000 presidential contest has been, a prior question begs to be answered. Why didn't Vice President Al Gore win in a walk? The nation enjoys unprecedented...