Holistic Digital Policy

Nation States Must Lead in Building Equitable Human-Centric Digital Economies

“If you left your house this morning and realized you forgot your smartphone, would you go back for it? Ten years ago probably not. But if I didn’t have my phone with me this morning, I wouldn’t have been able to use contactless payment for the subway or order a ride-hail service. Once I managed to get to the office, getting in would have been a problem without my health check app. I wouldn’t have been able to use my digital loyalty card or mobile wallet at the coffee counter, use a food delivery app, or go out for lunch in a New York City restaurant without showing my vaccine passport. And worse, the only phone number I know by heart is my Mom’s and that’s only because it’s the same number we had growing up.”

(We do well to ponder where all of this is leading…)

Published by markskidmore

Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

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