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Susan Crawford
Susan Crawford: “The Responsive City”

Susan Crawford: “The Responsive City”

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SUSAN CRAWFORD: "The Worst of all Worlds"

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Susan Crawford, Harvard Law School discussing the past 25 years

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Susan Crawford: Urban Life and Data - Looking Towards the Future

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Susan is a frequent speaker on issues of climate adaptation, public policy, and its impact on society. 

To book Susan for a speaking engagement, please contact Andrew Walker of American Program Bureau, Inc.

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NEWS MENTIONS Big Telecom Companies are Suppressing Fast Internet

April 7, 2019

T​he internet is an ethereal concept. The language we use to describe it contributes to that etherealness: we speak of servers being in "the cloud," as though they were weightless in heaven, and most if not all of our internet access happens wirelessly. Yet even if the last kilometer of this article’s journey happened through the wireless ether, the rest of its path from my computer to servers to you was achieved via wires. And even as our dependence on wireless internet grows — as we fill our house with wi-fi–enabled smart devices that communicate with servers all over the world — the need for wires undergirding that system grows exponentially. . . . 

Maine Public Radio: Fiber Optic — The Power and Potential of Fiber Optics To Transform Communities

March 13, 2019

Susan Crawford explains how giant corporations in the United States have held back the infrastructure improvements necessary for the country to move forward, and she describes how a few cities and towns are fighting to bring the fiber optic revolution to their communities.

NPR's All Things Considered: The Race Is On For 5G Communications — And China Is In The Lead

March 11, 2019

The Chinese telecom giant Huawei is winning the race to build 5G networks worldwide. NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Harvard Law professor Susan Crawford about why that's a national security threat.

Business Insider: Harvard's Susan Crawford Explains the Import of Universal Fiber Access 

March 09, 2019

The biggest tech problem facing the US is that it doesn't have universal access to super-fast fiber-optic internet connections, according to Susan Crawford, a telecommunications expert who is a professor at Harvard Law School. Crawford details the promise of such a network - and the dangers the US faces if it doesn't deploy one - in a new book.

Monopolistic Internet Market Causing America to Fall Behind

Feb 23, 2019

One of the promises then-candidate Trump made on the campaign trail was a big infrastructure spending package. This initiative is something he is still pursuing, but it is uncertain what it may include, and whether an extremely important infrastructure puzzle-piece — a high-speed fiber optic internet for all — will be included...

NBC News: Race is on for Global 5G Dominance  — and Trump is Cheering From the Sidelines

Feb 22, 2019

President Donald Trump on Thursday brought renewed national attention to what has emerged as one of the most hotly debated technological and geopolitical challenges — the race to build a next-generation 5G wireless internet network.

Boston's NPR: Is America Missing The Future Of The Internet?

Feb 13, 2019

The world of fiber optics is expanding the reach and power of the internet — and has the potential to revolutionize our homes and businesses. Fiber optics carry virtually unlimited amounts of data and will radically transform health care, education, stores and the way our cities and town are run. But, Harvard Law School Professor Susan Crawford argues it's a tech revolution that America is at risk of missing.

On My Mind with Diane Rehm: The Price Of America’s Poor Internet Connection (Podcast)

Feb 5, 2019

The United States prides itself on being a country of innovation. But in the land that built the internet, our ability to get access to high speed quality service is not on par with other countries in Europe and Asia. Harvard law professor Susan Crawford says as the country slips further behind, we jeopardize our place as a leader in the tech revolution.

The Verge Podcast: How America’s Internet Connectivity Issues are Holding the Country Back

Jan 31, 2019

Bloomberg's podcast features Susan Crawford, Harvard Law professor and former Special Asst. for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy during the Obama administration, discusses her new book, "FIBER: The Coming Tech Revolution—And Why America Might Miss It."

Bloomberg: America Is Lagging In The 5G Race

Jan 28, 2019

Harvard Law School professor Susan Crawford explains how America’s internet connectivity issues and corrosive infrastructure are holding the country back and how we can rally to fix it. She and Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel also discuss the Huawei scandal, politicians’ roles in improving broadband internet, and her new book Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution—and Why America Might Miss It.

WGBH News: Susan Crawford On How The US Is Already Behind On The Fiber Optic Movement

Jan 15, 2019

The internet revolution changed American political, social and cultural life. But as Harvard Law School professor and author Susan Crawford argues, the United States is still far behind other countries in taking that change to the next level, with a nationwide fiber optic network similar to other public utilities. As a result, we are missing out on upgrades in our education system, civic life and economy that we need to truly compete in the 21st century.

KERA News Interview: Fiber Networks for Economic Growth And Social Justice

Jan 14, 2019

"Leaving internet infrastructure to the private market has left people behind, and put the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage with countries that have built fiber networks. 'The entire country is getting bossed around by about five big companies: Comcast, Spectrum, AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink,' Crawford says.

Inside  Higher Ed: 'Fiber' Is a Wakeup Call to our Digital Learning Community

Jan 13, 2019

We should be appalled that a 21st the infrastructure of fiber internet is so poorly developed in our country.  Fiber is to this century as electricity was to the last.  Just as electrification was the critical infrastructure to create the modern economy of the early 20th century, gigabit internet is the infrastructure that we need today.

How involved is our digital learning community in the fight for universal fiber? 

LATimes: 5G will be the next revolution in global communications, but the U.S. may be left behind

Jan 9, 2019

"Although she’s an expert in telecommunications policy, Crawford was stunned at what she witnessed in Korea, which she describes as “the most wired nation on the planet” — flawless cellphone coverage even in rural areas, real-time data transmission, driverless buses using the latest communications technology to smoothly avoid pedestrians and evade obstructions. 'I’ve never been embarrassed to be American before,' Crawford told me recently. 'But when Korean people tell you that going to America is like taking a rural vacation, it really makes you stop and worry about what we’re up to.'"

SCIENCE: Faster, Cheaper, and More Versatile Than Traditional Telecom Hardware, U.S. Fiber Networks Still Face Policy Hurdles

Jan 8, 2019

“A damning indictment, grounded in facts, and a critically important story…. Even for those familiar with the subject, Fiber offers a number of valuable insights…. Crawford is at her best when describing the astonishingly innovative organizational setups of community-based fiber initiatives and how they came about, when detailing the machinations of telecom incumbents and their lobbyists to cripple these initiatives, and when explaining how local champions of fiber have sometimes been able to neutralize attempts to derail them.”

BOING BOING: Susan Crawford on How America's Wired Future is Slipping Away

Jan 8, 2019

“A timely and urgent look at how America is sacrificing its digital future, productivity, connectivity, social mobility, entrepreneurial growth, education, and every other public good, thanks to rapacious telcos, scumbag lobbyists, and negligent, cash-hungry politicians….You should be reading this.”

WIRED: How Corning Makes Super-Pure Glass for Fiber-Optic Cable 

Jan 8, 2019

To make glass that's pure enough for fiber-optic cable, you cannot just melt sand. Instead you send gas traveling through flames to create glass soot particles that are deposited on a rod in a controlled pattern. Susan Crawford gets to the heart of how fiber-optic cables are made in this excerpt from her book FIBER.


Can America Really Have High Speed Internet for All?

Jan 8, 2019

If this country really has ambitions of having a 5G revolution like the one being talked about the Consumer Electronics Show this week, we need something else first. Fiber optic connections that reach everyone. Susan sat down for an interview with WNYC's The Takeaway

New York Journal of Books: Review of Fiber

Jan 8, 2019

“If more and more actors enjoy fiber access, will the Internet be mainly a tool of the rich and powerful or will it level the playing field, an instrument of asymmetric warfare?”

Publisher's Weekly: Fiber - The Coming Tech Revolution and Why America Might Miss It

Oct 29, 2018

A little fiber will go a long way, according to this book’s plan for improving access to healthcare, education, and transit—and for combating inequality—in the U.S., which posits that “all the policies important to us as a country... depend on having last-mile fiber and advanced wireless services available cheaply to everyone.”

Harvard Gazette: Paving the Way for Self-Driving Cars

Jan 3, 2019​

"The day will come, if it hasn’t already, when you’ll be riding down the road, glance to the side, and see a car motoring along with no driver. Autonomous vehicles are on the way, and two Harvard initiatives are helping to prepare Boston, and beyond, for their smooth arrival."


NYT: How the Government Could Win the AT&T-Time Warner Case 

June 5, 2018

“What Trump expressed in the campaign is the feeling of the American people that five companies have too much control,” said Ms. Crawford, author of “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age.” The case “raises issues that hit both American pocketbooks and ideals.”

Washington Post: With Facebook on the Ropes, Internet Providers Seek to Press Their Advantage in Washington

April 10, 2018

The disarray and tumult afflicting the tech industry is an opportunity for Internet providers to gain a bigger foothold with policymakers, according to Susan Crawford, a Harvard University law professor. “Charter is using the current kerfuffle over Facebook to divert any regulatory energy that might have been heading its way towards Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google,” Crawford said.


Crawford Mentioned in The Oregonian's Guest Opinion on Net Neutrality

December 17, 2017​

“As pointed out by Harvard Law Professor Susan Crawford, five American companies account for more than 80 percent of wired internet subscriptions nationally and have almost total power in their territories. According to the federal agency’s own data, most Americans have only one choice for high-speed internet. Therefore, marketplace competition will not be galloping to their rescue.”

If Net Neutrality is Repealed, What Will It Mean for People Who Don't Have Broadband Yet?

December 8, 2017

In this WGBH special, Harvard Law Professor Susan Crawford explains that small towns will lose key leverage once the FCC’s new rules go into effect. “Through saying, ‘Look, come and build this network for us. But you can only build it by providing equal service to everybody in town and at a low price,’ that’s how that particular direction is being carried out in Massachusetts,” Crawford said. But she said towns may not be able to do that anymore.


Diane Rehm: An About Face on Net Neutrality, Then, How President Trump is Reshaping the Judiciary

December 1, 2017

Harvard Law Professor Susan Crawford on the risks of the FCC’s plan to do away with net neutrality rules and why she believes the agency should be focused instead on ensuring that all Americans have access to cheap, world class internet access. Then, Charlie Savage of the New York Times on how President Trump is reshaping the U.S. judiciary.

NYT: Washington Has Delivered a Tangled Message on AT&T's Power

November 21, 2017


In a matter of hours this week, the Trump administration twice weighed in on one of the central issues shaping business and society today — just how much market power big companies should be allowed to amass. Yet in back-to-back developments, two federal agencies arrived at starkly different conclusions, and one company, AT&T, found itself on opposite sides of the debate…“The F.C.C. is saying that they’re going to give up any legal authority over regulating high-speed internet,” said Susan Crawford, a professor at Harvard Law School….

Video from Media Working Group: Why We Might Be More Captive Today 

November 21, 2017


In a matter of hours this week, the Trump administration twice weighed in on one of the central issues shaping business and society today — just how much market power big companies should be allowed to amass. Yet in back-to-back developments, two federal agencies arrived at starkly different conclusions, and one company, AT&T, found itself on opposite sides of the debate…“The F.C.C. is saying that they’re going to give up any legal authority over regulating high-speed internet,” said Susan Crawford, a professor at Harvard Law School….


Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 PM

FIBER: Reading and Discussion with Susan Crawford

Harvard Bookstore

1256 Mass Ave.

Cambridge, MA 02138

Wednesday, February 13, 12:00pm

Harvard Law School

Cambridge, MA

Video of the event available here




Monday, January 28, 7:30 PM

The Strand

828 Broadway

New York, NY 10003

In conversation with Steven Levy


Tuesday, January 29

The Ford Foundation

In conversation with journalist Manoush Zomorodi

By Invitation Only




Wednesday, January 30, 7:00 PM

Politics & Prose @ The Wharf

70 District Square SW

(at 9th St SW & Maine Ave SW)

Washington DC 20024


Thursday, January 31, 6:00 PM

Center for Democracy and Technology

By Invitation




Thursday, February 21, 6:30 PM

Mechanic’s Institute Library

57 Post St.

San Francisco, CA 94104

In conversation with Wired’s Peter Rubin

Wednesday, March 13, 7 PM

Santa Monica Library

601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA

Thursday, March 14, 11:30 AM

UCLA Anderson School of Management

110 Westwood Plaza, Suite D214

Los Angeles, CA 90095


Thursday, April 18, 6:30 PM 

Fountain Bookstore

1312 E Cary St

Richmond, VA 23219


Saturday, April 20, 12:00-2:00 PM 

NC Hearts Gigabite Conference

NC Rural Center

4021 Carya Dr.

Raleigh, NC 27610



Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 PM   

Parnassus Books                                   

3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14

Nashville, TN 37215



Thursday, April 25, 5 PM   

The Enterprise Center

1100 Market St

Chattanooga, TN

In conversation with Mayor Wade and David Berke


Preserving Net Neutrality – in Collaboration with The New York Public Library
April 16, 2018 – 6:30 pm
Celeste Auditorium at The New York Public Library, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue, New York, NY
More information here

Net Inclusion 2018
April 17-19, 2018
Cleveland Public Library
Keynote Live Stream
More information here


The Internet of Things and Cities
April 21, 2017 – 2:00 pm
New York Public Library
Live webcast here


US Communications at a Crossroads
featuring Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, in conversation with Susan Crawford
January 24, 2017 – 4:00 pm
Harvard Law School campus
Event information and live webcast here


Talks on Technology Science and Topics in Privacy: How Data and Technology Can Help Improve Government
November 28, 2016 – 2:30 pm
CGIS Knafel, Room K354 (1737 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA)
Event information here


The Responsive Communities Initiative, presented by Boston HUBweek
September 27, 2016 – 12:00 pm, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
Harvard Law School campus
Event information here and details of her talk here


The Responsive City–An Evening with Susan Crawford
October 22, 2015 – 6:00pm, Knight School of Communication
Queens University of Charlotte, NC
More information here and listen to accompanying discussion here


The New Yorker Festival: Tech@Fest, The Future of Money
October 4, 2015
2 PM, MasterCard Stage at SVA, Theatre 2 

333 West 23rd Street, New York, New York

Digital New England: U.S. Senator King (I-Maine), Susan Crawford and David Edelman
September 28, 2015
88 Spring Street, Portland, Maine 
Hosted by Next Century Cities and NTIA


Northeast Public Power Association Annual Conference
August 23 – 26, 2015
Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, NH


The World Bank and GPSA: Digital Technologies and Citizen Voice, Collective Action
May 26, 2015 – 12:30 to 2:00pm
701 18th Street NW Washington, DC
More information and live stream here


The Knight Foundation Media Learning Seminar
May 18-19, 2015
Miami, Florida
Live stream here


The Tow Responsive City Initiative: A Panel Discussion with Susan Crawford
April 28, 2015 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm
The Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School, Columbia University, New York City
Register here


Susan Crawford Discusses Telecom Competition & Book “Captive Audience” with Bert Foer, Allen Grunes, and Don Reshnikoff
November 22, 2013 – 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Presented by the American Antitrust Institute, in cooperation with co-sponsor Antitrust and Consumer Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar


60 Minutes Interview
October 29, 2013 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Bob Simon and CBS 60 Minutes producers will interview Susan Crawford
Cardozo School of Law Jacob Burns Moot Court Room

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