Papers & Presentations

In addition to my regular journalism, I've written a few op-eds, papers and presentations on the subject of technology, the Internet and international relations, including:

Op-Ed articles:

"Sayonara, change." Prospect magazine (UK). Issue 163, October 2009. (PDF is available here)

"Threat to the net: 'Network neutrality' is good, but enshrining it in law is not." Prospect (UK), September 2006. Also at:

"Icann. Can you?" The International Herald Tribune, Nov. 16, 2005.

"Harness the power of mobile phones." The International Herald Tribune, Aug. 4, 2005.

"More Is Not Necessarily Better," The New York Times, Aug. 23, 2004 (with Matthew Hindman). (

"Keep the Web Worldly and Wide," The International Herald Tribune, Dec. 11, 2003, (with Matthew Hindman). (, also: (

"Why the Internet Must Regulate Itself," The Financial Times, Oct. 31, 2003. (

"More Media, Less Diversity," The New York Times, June 2, 2003. (with Matthew Hindman). (

"Don't Let Governments Politicize the Internet," The Asian Wall Street Journal, Nov. 5, 2002. (

"Net Control," Prospect (UK), October 2002. (

"The Web's Internal Woes," The Financial Times, June 23 2002. (

"All That Glitters Isn't Gold," The Wall Street Journal Europe, Feb. 19, 2002. (

"France's Capitalist Embraces the Future," The Wall Street Journal Europe, Sept. 16, 2000. (

"Cyberspace Meets Sovereignty," The Wall Street Journal Europe, Aug. 17, 2000. (

"Spies Like Us," The Wall Street Journal Europe, March 30, 2000. (

"The Internet Loses Its Head," The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 22, 1998. (

Other Miscellaneous Journalism:

"Power to the people" Review of Yochai Benkler's "The Wealth of Networks" in The New Statesman, September 4, 2006.

"Threat to the net: 'Network neutrality' is good, but enshrining it in law is not." Prospect magazine (UK), September 2006.

Selected Media Appearances:

Guest on "Lessons From Fukushima," On Point with Tom Ashbrook, NPR, March 5, 2012

Guest on "Japanification", NHK Asian Voices with Aiko Doden, Feb. 25, 2012.

[A long stretch of not updating my website...]

Interview on the future of media, on, an organization looking at open-source practices applied to commercial projects, June 2006.

Interview on NPR's "On the Media" on Internet governance and ICANN, Oct. 28, 2005.

Comments for "U.N. Control of the Internet and Open Information," NPR radio program on Oct. 14, 2005.

Commented for "Microsoft's 30th Anniversary," BBC Radio 4 Today programme, on Sept. 23, 2005.

Commentary on telecom mergers, NPR Marketplace, Feb. 22, 2005.

Comments for a programme on patent policy, BBC Radio, Jan. 2005.

Commentary on patent policy, NPR Marketplace, Nov. 30, 2004.

Papers & Presentations:


"The Impact of the Economic Crisis on Asia." Lecture to the Cambridge Advanced Management Programme. Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, July 10, 2012. (PDF of slides is here)

"Hacks and hackers: A new era of 'data-driven journalism' is changing the nature of reporting." Number 1 Shimbun, February 2012. (Monthly magazine of the Forgein Corespondents Club of Japan)." Online here and PDF here


"Harnessing the data deluge." Keynote speech at the 33rd International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, Mexico, City, Mexico. Nov. 2, 2011. Delivered in Prezi format; the 40-page slide presentation is here.

"Diving into the data deluge." Keynote speech at the Oxford Digital Data Dialogue (OD3) at the Oxford Internet Institute. Sept. 21, 2011. Delivered in Prezi format; a one-page version is here.

"Traitors or Saviors of Japan?: The Role of Japanese Executives at Foreign Firms." Keynote speech at The Economist Corporate Network "Gaishi" event; Tokyo, June 16, 2011 (PDF of speech)

"Japan Must Construct the Future, Not Rebuild the Past." Keynote speech at Rebuilding Japan Conference & Charity Event, The Economist Corporate Network; Tokyo, April 14, 2011. (PDF of speech)

"The Revolution Will be Data-ized." Remarks on "Real World Applications" panel, O'Reilly's Strata conference; Santa Clara, California, February 2, 2011

"The End of Japanese Innovation?" Luncheon address to the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Tokyo. January 20, 2011. (PDF of slides).


"Japanese Business and Innovation: Reflections on Japan's 'De-Globalization'." The Economist's Japan Summit, Tokyo, December 16, 2010. (PDF of slides)

"Big Data, Big Benefits, Big Trouble." Opening remarks to Big Data and Global Flows panel, at conference "The Economics of Personal Data and Privacy"; Organization for Economist Cooperation and Development, Paris, December 1, 2010. (Notes posted shortly)

"The Past and Future of Japanese Innovation." Keynote speech at the Roundtable on Innovation, OECD/Asia Development Bank Institute. Tokyo, November 24, 2010. (Notes posted shortly)

"Asian Megatrends for Business." Remarks at private gathering of The Economist Corporate Network, Tokyo, September 27, 2010. (PDF slides)

"Briefing on Japan: Politics, Economy and Foreign Investment." Remarks at private gathering of The Economist Corporate Network, Embassy of Belgium in Tokyo, September 9, 2010


"A Foreign Correspondent's View of Reporting from Japan." Speech to the Keizai Koho Center, Tokyo. December 8, 2009. (Available on request)

"Japanese Business Leadership: New Approaches for New Times" Speech to the 9th Roundtable with the Government of Japan. The Economist Conferences, Tokyo, December 7, 2009. (PDF slides)

"The Future of Asia's and Japan's Export Economies After the Crisis." (PDF of slides) Seminar presentation to the Nippon Keidanren, September 17, 2009.

"Cloud Computing Brought Down to Earth." Introductory remarks for Digital Transformations Panel; World Economic Forum; Dalian, China; September 12, 2009.

"Tamed Tigers, Distressed Dragon: How Export-Led Growth Derailed Asia's Economies." Foreign Affairs, July/August 2009 (with Brian P. Klein).

"Asia's Green Tech Revolution: New Model, New Challenges." Opening remarks to session "Going, Going, Green," World Economic Forum East Asia Summit 2009, Seoul, June 19, 2009. (A PDF is here.)

"Understanding US-Asia Economic Interrelations." Remarks at the Salzburg Global Seminar / Freeman Foundation Symposium: Strengthening Cooperation Between the US and East Asia, June 7, 2009. (A PDF is here; the slides are here.)

"Meet the Enemy: Understanding Critics of the Patent System." Speech at the European Patent Forum / PATINNOVA 2009; Prague, April 28, 2009. (A PDF is here; the slides are here.)


"Corporate Social Responsibility: Three Words; Two Lies." Keynote Speech at The CSR Challenge Conference; Tokyo, December 8, 2008.

"Seizing the Arbitrage Opportunity for Legal Rights: A Case Study of International Bridges to Justice." Innovations, MIT Press, vol. 3, Issue 2. June 2008. (PDF version)

"The Nation-State and the Ever-Changing Internet." Introductory remarks to the Interactive Panel of Experts, OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy. Seoul, Korea, 18 June 2008. (PDF)

"Muddling Through Internet Governance", Invited essay for Publius Project, Berkman Center for Law & Technology, Harvard Law School, May 2008.

"ICTs to Reduce Climate Change: The coming age of ubiquitous networking." (PDF file) Presentation to the Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC), April 25, 2008; Tokyo, Japan.

"Green Jobs: Pick One." Remarks at Research Conference: Green Jobs for Asia and the Pacific. International Labor Organization. Niigata, Japan. April 21, 2008.

The Virtual World's Footprints in the Real World." Remarks at ICTs and Climate Change Symposium; The International Telecommunication Union and the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Kyoto, Japan; April 15, 2008.

"The Future of Convergence & Regulation: Trends -- and Errors! -- from the US and EU." Keynote speech at the Keidanren Convergence Regulatory Symposium, February 26, 2008 in Tokyo, Japan. (Slides in PDF)


"The Next Internet Governance Battles" in "The Power of Ideas: Internet Governance in a Global Multistakeholder Environment " (Wolfgang Kleinwachter, ed.); Internet Governance Forum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nov. 2007. (In PDF)

"Governance as Gardening: The Governance of Information in the Global Economy" (PDF). Report of the 7th Annual Rueschlikon Conference on Information Policy, October 2007.

"Intellectual Property in an Era of Social Production." Presentation at the Salzburg Seminar #439, Salzburg, Austria, March 15, 2007.

"Innovation: Where it comes from, whence it goes?" Speech to the Entrepreneurs' Organization Malaysia; January 17, 2007 in Kuala Lumpur. (Article about it from The Daily Edge)

"The Telecoms Industry Never Forgets, But Never Learns." Introductory Remarks, World Communications Awards, London, November 9, 2006.

"The Internet, Regulation, the Private Sector and Public Safety." Concluding remarks at the CEPT Conference, Berlin, Oct. 12, 2006. Published in The International Journal of Communication, No. 2 (2007). (PDF versions: here and IJOC)


"Hero with a Thousand Faces: Innovative Entrepreneurship and Public Policy" (PDF). Report of the 6th Annual Rueschlikon Conference on Information Policy, October 2006.

"Openness, Closedness and Internet Governance." Remarks at the Internet Governance for Development conference, Oxford Internet Institute, August 31, 2006. (PDF version)

"The Internet (TM): A Solution for Openness Through Closedness." Paper presented at the Oxford Internet Institute conference on Internet governance, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2006, University of Oxford (UK). (PDF version)

"The Four Myths of Modern Telecommunications," Dinner remarks at the House of Lords in London, July 12th 2006. (PDF version)

"The Business and Politics of Critical Information Infrastructure Protection" (PDF format) from the Roundtable of the Rueschlikon Conference on Information Policy; Washington, DC, March 2006.

"Navigating the future(s) of biotech intellectual property," Nature Biotechnology (Vol 24, No 3), March 2006. (in PDF format).


"In Defence of Creativity." The RSA Journal, The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (UK). London, Dec. 2005.

"Who Will Control the Internet?," Foreign Affairs, November/December 2005.

"Ensuring (and Insuring?) Critical Information Infrastructure Protection." Harvard KSG Working Paper, based on Rueschlikon Conference on Information Law. October 2005.

"The WSIS Wars: An Analysis of the Politicization of the Internet." In "The World Summit on the Information Society: Moving from the Past into the Future," edited by Daniel Stauffacher & Wolfgang Kleinwächter. United Nations ICT Task Force. New York. (Sept. 2005).

"And the Answer to Internet Governance is..." Remarks at the Oxford Internet Institute; Oxford, UK; 5 May 2005. (PDF version.)

"Slouching Towards Geneva: Ten Unappreciated Axioms of Internet Governance". Background paper for the Oxford Internet Institute's forum on Internet Governance; Oxford, UK, 5-6 May 2005. (PDF version.)

"The Privacy Risks of New Passport Technologies". Introductory panel remarks at Computers, Freedom & Privacy conference; Seattle, April 13, 2005. (PDF version.)

"Digital Convergence -- or Digital Divorce?!" Remarks at McKinsey & Co. Media Practice Dinner at the Groucho Club in London on April 7, 2005. (PDF version.)

"Global Business, Parochial Technology". Introductory Remarks at The Economist's Technology Industry Summit at CeBIT, March 9, 2005 in Hannover, Germany. (PDF version.)

"Source vs. Force: Open Source Software Meets Intergovernmental Politics," in The Politics of Open Source Adoption, (Joe Karaganis and Robert Latham, eds.); Social Science Research Council. May 2005. The January 2005 draft version is online.

"Overcoming the New Paradoxes of Spam". Remarks to the 4th ASEM eCommerce Conference; 22 February 2005; London, UK. (PDF version.)


"The World vs. The Web: The UN's Politicization of the Information Society," in Information Technology and International Development, MIT Press. July 2004 (with Audrey Selian). Note: A nearly identical version appears as a working paper of Harvard KSG's National Center for Digital Government, available here in PDF format.

"Mapping Internet Governance: Thoughts on applying cartography to technology and public policy." Lecture at University College London, November 15, 2004 (to be posted shortly).

"Multilateral Control of Internet Infrastructure and its Impact on US Sovereignty," Telecommunications Policy and Research Conference; Alexandria, VA. October 2004. (Draft) (

"Internet Governance, National Interest and International Relations," in Internet Governance: A Grand Collaboration, United Nations Information and Communications Technology Task Force, New York. Sept. 2004. NOTE: Also a PDF version. ( also: (

"Openness, Trust and Sovereignty," Rueschlikon Conference on Information Policy. Harvard University, Zurich, Switzerland, June 2004. (PDF)

"Media Regulations Meet the Internet Age," Television Quarterly. National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. New York. Spring 2004 (with Matthew Hindman). (Not Online)

"Internet Governance: What? How? Who?" Workshop on Internet Governance, International Telecommunications Union. Geneva. Feb. 2004. ( also in PDF at: (


"Information Technology and Public-Private Sector Partnerships." Remarks (in French) at the regulatory side-panel of the UN World Summit on the Information Society, Geneva, Dec. 2003. English translation at: (

"Measuring Media Concentration Online and Offline," Media Diversity and Localism: Meaning, Metrics, and the Public Interest, Ford Foundation. New York, Dec. 2003 (with Matthew Hindman). (

""Open Source Biotech: Can a non-proprietary approach to intellectual property work in the life sciences?" The Acumen Journal of Life Sciences, vol. I, issue 3. September/October 2003. Published version in PDF ( The complete draft with citations in HTML, at:

"Starving to Death on Red Herring." The Baffler. Chicago, IL, Autumn 2003. (PDF version)

"Eminent Domain: Initial Policy Perspectives on Nationalizing Country-Code Internet Addresses." Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, New York, March 2003.
Draft from INET'02, Internet Society, Washington, DC; June 2002. (

2001 and before:

"Asia's Role in the Biotechnology Century: Opportunities and Challenges," Remarks at the World Economic Forum regional Asia Summit; 31 October 2001, Hong Kong. (

"Cyberspace vs. Sovereignty: New Foreign Policy Challenges for the Internet Era." June 2001. (Not online).

"Dot-Com Carthage: The Old World Meets the New Economy, Round II." Speech delivered to the Harvard Business School's Eurotrek symposium, London, 7 January 2001. (

"From Journalism to Journal: How New Technologies Encourage the 'Me' in 'Media'," IMP Magazine on Information Impacts; Center for Information Strategy and Policy, of Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC). May 2000. (

"Dot-Com Delirium: The Old World Meets the New Economy," Speech delivered to L'Association France-Ameriques, Paris, 17 April 2000. (Not online)

"Legitimacy and Internet Governance," (co-author with Tamar Frankel, Professor of Law at the Boston University School of Law). Published in conference proceedings of Fordham Law School (NY) and Southern Cross University Law School (Australia), Spring 2000. (

"The Imperial Internet: Middle Eastern Internet Traffic and International Relations," For CAINET'00 sponsored by the Egypt chapter of the Internet Society, Cairo, March 2000. (>)

"Internet Governance: Then and Now." TeleGeography. Washington, DC. January 2000. (Not online)

"Bandwidth Colonialism?: The Implications of Internet Infrastructure on International E-Commerce." Presented at INET'99 sponsored by the Internet Society, San Jose, June 1999. (

"Internet Governance and the Ancien Regime (A Reply to Larry Lessig)," Swiss Review of Political Science, Zurich. Spring 1999. ( or (

"'Frenchelon': France's Global Surveillance Network and its Implications on International Intelligence Cooperation," Presented at Computers, Freedom & Privacy (CFP'99) sponsored by the Association of Computing Machinery, Washington, DC, April 1999. (

"Internet Governance and International Relations," Speech to The Center for the Study of International Communications and The American University of Paris, February 17, 1999. (Not online)

"The Global Internet." TeleGeography. Washington, DC. November 1998. (Not online)

Implications of Internet Governance on the Competitive Internet Landscape." Re-Engineering the Management & Governance of the Internet. IIR Conferences. London, January 26, 1998. (

"Peering and Fearing: ISP Interconnection and Regulatory Issues." The Internet and Telecommunications Policy. Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Information Infrastructure Project, December 1997. ( or

Copyright 1997-2004 Kenneth Neil Cukier | | Updated: Nov. 2004

If you'd like a paper that's not available online, please contact me and I'd be happy to email it.