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Johannes M. Bauer - Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI, US

Johannes M. Bauer Johannes M. Bauer

Director, Quello Center and Chairperson, Department of Media and Information | Michigan State University


Expert in information and communication technologies, including net neutrality




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Johannes Bauer, Professor, Michigan State University



A researcher, writer, teacher, and academic entrepreneur, I am grateful that my position as professor and chair of the Department of Media and Information allows me to pursue these interests to the fullest. I am educated as engineer and social scientist with a PhD in economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria. Michigan State University has been my home institution since 1990. It has been generous to allow extended periods at other universities, including the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands (2000-2001), the University of Constance, Germany (Summer 2010), and the University of Zurich, Switzerland (2012).

I feel passionate about the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in empowering individuals, creating sustainable communities, and fostering more inclusive and livable societies. My experience also tells me that this will require appropriate governance and collective action. Consequently, my research covers innovation in ICTs and their uses, media and information entrepreneurship (both for profit and social), as well as the governance challenges of harnessing the full benefits of ICTs. Over the years, I have learned much from my students and from collaborating with people in practice. I have had the good fortune to work with individuals in public and private sector organizations in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

Industry Expertise (3)

Writing and Editing Education/Learning Research

Areas of Expertise (2)

Information and Communication Technologies Digital Economy

Accomplishments (1)

2013 Distinguished Faculty Awards (professional)


Johannes Bauer is one of the world’s leading scholars in the area of telecommunications policy, with a remarkable record of global engagement, sustained productivity and grant funding.

Education (3)

University of Economics and Business Administration: Ph.D., Economics 1989

Summa Cum Laude

University of Economics and Business Administration: M.A., Economics 1982

Summa Cum Laude

Federal Secondary College of Engineering: Engineer, Precision Mechanics 1975

Summa Cum Laude

Affiliations (7)

  • Telecommunications Policy : Associate Editor
  • Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy (TPRC) : Member of the Board of Directors
  • Quello Center for Media and Information Policy : Research Associate
  • Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University : Fellow
  • International Telecommunications Policy Review
  • International Scientific Advisory Board,
  • Information Economics and Policy

News (2)

Studying the impact of net neutrality

MSU Today  online


Now that the Federal Communications Commission has approved new rules supporting net neutrality, the real work begins.

In an effort to determine the far-reaching consequences of this decision, faculty from Michigan State University’s Quello Center are joining forces on a Net Neutrality Impact Study.

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MSU students get Wikipedia attention and honors

MSU Today  online


Most students use Wikipedia to help with homework or fact checking. However, some Michigan State University students have turned the tables, helping Wikipedia by editing content and, more importantly, getting published as part of a class project.

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Journal Articles (3)

The Internet and income inequality: Socio-economic challenges in a hyperconnected society Telecommunications Policy

Johannes M.Bauer


Information and communication technologies (ICTs) influence income distribution directly and indirectly. A diverse pattern of decreases and increases in income inequality has emerged in parallel with increasing fixed and mobile connectivity. Building on earlier research, this paper develops a socio-technical model to examine the contribution of hyperconnectivity to these outcomes. ICTs rarely are a single cause but interact with other technological, economic, and political forces to shape the extent of income inequality. Depending on the constellation of these factors, income inequality may decrease or increase. Public policy may be able to ameliorate undesirable outcomes although effective programs will typically require initiatives that go beyond traditional measures designed to reduce digital divides.

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Economics of Fighting Botnets: Lessons from a Decade of Mitigation IEEE Security & Privacy

Asghari, Hadi, van Eeten, Michel, & Bauer, Johannes M.


The fight against botnets has been going on for more than a decade, but they still impose significant costs. ISPs have become increasingly central to the effort, as they can undertake mitigation more economically and efficiently than end users. A study evaluates the role and performance of ISPs in botnet mitigation across 60 countries.

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Governing the Mobile Broadband Ecosystem International Telecommunications Policy Review

Johannes M. Bauer


The number of users accessing the Internet via mobile devices and mobile broadband is increasing rapidly. Keenly aware of the considerable economic and social effects of mobile broadband many countries are searching for policies that can boost their benefits for society. Designing such a framework is complicated by the dynamic technological change and pervasive interdependencies among players in the advanced mobile communication system. Established regulatory theory and practice may not provide reliable guidance because they are rooted in assumptions and conventions that do not appropriately reflect these new technological and economic conditions. Moreover, how government and non-government forms of coordination (“governance”) affect outcomes is complicated by the existence of non-linear direct and indirect effects whose net impact on performance is not well understood. This article explores these challenges conceptually and outlines a roadmap for rethinking the governance of mobile broadband.

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