Associated Senior Fellows

James Alleman — Senior Fellow

James Alleman is a Senior Fellow and Director of Research at Columbia Institute of Tele-Information (CITI), Columbia Business School, Columbia University.  He was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado – Boulder upon his retirement from the University in 2008. Dr. Alleman was a Visiting Senior Scholar at IDATE in Montpellier, France in the fall of 2005 and continues his involvement in IDATE’s scholarly activities.  During calendar years 2001 and 2002, he was a Visiting Professor in the Economics and Finance Division at Columbia Business School, Columbia University.  Dr. Alleman was previously the Director of the International Center for Telecommunications Management at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Director of Policy Research for GTE, and an economist for the International Telecommunication Union.   He has conducted research in the area of telecommunications policy, with emphasis on pricing, costing, and regulation as well as on interconnection, international telephony settlements, communications in the infrastructure and related areas.  More recently, he has been researching the application of real options valuation techniques to network industries and the causes, consequences and remedies of the financial infirmities of the communications and information technologies sectors.  He provides litigation support in these areas. Dr. Alleman founded  Paragon Service International, Inc., a communications call-back firm, and has been granted patents (numbers  5,883,964 & 6,035,027 ) on the call-back process widely used by the industry.

Michael Botein–Senior Fellow

Michael Botein remembers when, as a law student, he discovered media law. Up to that point, he had known about the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) only through his ham radio activities.

It was the late 1960s, and media law was not taught in the United States. In fact, Professor Botein developed one of the first such courses when he was teaching at Georgetown University Law Center in the early 1970s. By then, he was a senior attorney-advisor in the FCC’s Cable Television Bureau, where he drafted and enforced the inaugural cable television regulations.

In 1977, Professor Botein joined the faculty of the New York Law School. He founded and directed the Media Law Center at NYLS. The Media Law Center is the only U.S. member of the Council of Europe’s Audiovisual Observatory.

Professor Botein, who was born and raised in Manhattan and received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1966, initially had wanted to do civil rights litigation in Washington, DC and then go into teaching. Feeling that the Nixon Justice Department would not be the most hospitable place for a liberal young lawyer, however, he decided to try for a teaching position when he graduated from Cornell Law School in 1969. At 24, he became an instructor at Brooklyn Law School, beginning a lifetime career in law teaching that has included appointments at Columbia, George Washington University, Georgetown, and Rutgers. He has also taught overseas at the University of Poitiers in France, the University of Melbourne and Monash University in Australia, and Hebrew University as well as Haita University in Israel.

Professor Botein has become a well-respected expert in communications law, and a scholarly witness to the unprecedented growth of the cable industry and the Internet, the advent of direct broadcast satellites, and the break-up of AT&T. He has written more than 70 articles and books, of which 90 percent deal with some aspect of media law, among them Regulation of the Electronic Mass Media Law and Policy for Radio, Television, Cable and the New Technologies (3d ed. West Group, 1999), and Regulacion de los Medios Masives de Communicacion (Universidad Sergio Arboleda, 2003).

Ben Compaine–Senior Fellow

Ben Compaine is a Senior Fellow at CITI and the Director of the CITI Fellows Program.

He was executive director of the Program on Information Resources Policy at Harvard University before founding Nova Systems Inc., a software firm in 1986. He sold that in 1994 and accepted an appointment as the Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) Professor of Telecommunications at Temple University. Subsequently he was a visiting professor at Penn State and Fordham University, as well as a turn as Research Consultant for the Program on Internet and Telecoms Convergence at MIT. He currently teaches at Northeastern University.

Ben is the author or editor of 10 books, including Who Owns the Media? His articles have appeared in trade, popular, and scholarly journals, including Telecommunications Policy, Science Digest, Foreign Policy, Reason, Daedalus, The Wall Street Journal and the Journal of Communication. His research and teaching interests include entrepreneurship, Internet and telecommunications policy, mass media economics, and the social and cultural implications of changing information technologies. A graduate of Dickinson College (as a political science major), Ben earned an MBA from Harvard University and Ph.D. from Temple University. His consulting and speaking engagements have taken him to Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia as well as throughout the United States and Canada.

Darcy Gerbarg — Senior Fellow

Darcy Gerbarg is currently the Director of Operations for CineGrid, Inc., an international technology nonprofit; whose members do experiments with very large media files over the Lambda Rail. She is a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Institute for Tele Information (CITI), Columbia University Business School since 1997. In the past, she was the Executive Director of the Guglielmo Marconi International Fellowship Foundation, Inc. (The Marconi Society, Inc.) at Columbia University. Prior to that she held a research position at Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences, New York University and as an adjunct professor has taught at several universities. Ms Gerbarg is a pioneer computer artist. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. She was Chairman of the first Computer Art Shows for the Special Interest Group in Graphics (SIGGRAPH) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Ms. Gerbarg is currently the series editor for The Economics of Information, Communication and Entertainment: The Impacts of Digital Technology in the 21st Century, Springer.

Howard Homonoff–Senior Fellow

Howard Homonoff heads Homonoff Media group LLC, and is an experienced media executive, lawyer, and academic with a particular focus on strategic content development and distribution. Howard is also the Prodecer and Host of “Media Reporter,” a weekly cable television program which airs in New York. He is a recognized expert at evaluation and execution of digital media growth strategies, balancing comples regulatory requirements with expansion of new business opportunities, and intellectual property protection. He has served as an expert witness on the cable, broadband and digital media industries in proceedings before the FCC, the Copyright Royalty Board and federal and state courts.

Howard previously served as Director at PwC in the Entertainment, Media & Communications practice. The focus of his practice has included strategic content acquisition and distribution; and legal and regulaotry operations, contract management and compliance.

Prior to running his own consulting firm and joining PwC, Howard served as VP and GM of CNBC Strategic Ventures, General Cousel of NBC Cable Networks, and as Director of Corporate and Legal Affairs for Continental Cablevision. Howard also served as Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Telecommunications and Finance Subcommittee, and as Legislative Assistant for U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass. He also worked as an Associate in the Washington DC law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering and as law clerk to the Honorable Stanley S. Brotman, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey.

Howard served as Associate Professor and Program Director for the Masters Degree Program in Telecision Management at Drexel University. He has lectured on digital media at the Columbia Business School, New School University, and Pace University School of Business. Howard received a B. A. in government with distinction in all subjects from Cornell University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Bruce Lincoln — Senior Fellow

Bruce Lincoln is the Founder and Chief Design Scientist of the Urban Cyberspace Company. The Urban Cyberspace Company is a design consulting and marketing firm specializing in broadband Internet technologies.

Bruce Lincoln has been involved in cutting edge technology product development and technology commercialization since the late 80’s, when as the first Ford Fellow in Educational Technology, he was one of the early CD ROM content developers for the Apple Macintosh computer. In 1995, after successfully developing the first commercial website for the America’s Cup and producing the first project to put the high speed Internet and the World Wide Web in New York’s public schools, Bruce founded the Urban Cyberspace Company based upon his vision of a ubiquitous Internet. Bruce incorporated Urban Cyberspace in 1998 to commercialize the intellectual properties, business processes, procedural methodologies and the hardware and software design prototypes developed over the course of a five-year cycle of three advanced technology diffusion projects: The Harlem Renaissance 2001 (HR2K1) Project; the New York Online Neighborhood Educational Network (NY ONE-Net); and the New York City Community Technology Center Bank (NYC CTC Bank) representing a research and development investment based upon funding, in-kind services and support and intellectual sweat equity in the amount of five million dollars.

Bruce is a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information at the Graduate School of Business and from May 2008 until June 2011, he was the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Center for Technology, Innovation and Community Engagement (CTICE), Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

A. Michael Noll — Senior Fellow

A. Michael Noll is Professor Emeritus of Communications at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. Prof. Noll has had a varied career, including basic research at Bell Labs, science policy on the staff of the White House Science Advisor, and marketing at AT&T. He is an early pioneer in computer art, stereoscopic computer animation, and force- feedback (a forerunner of today’s virtual reality). Prof. Noll has published nearly 100 papers on his research and is the author of eleven books related to telecommunication technology and communications. His most recent book, The Evolution of Media, available from Rowman & Littlefield, is a broad examination of the characterization of media. He has also written well over 100 opinion and column pieces for various newspapers and trade publications. His current research is primarily archival and historical, focusing on Bell Labs and industrial research, in general. A Michael Noll’s Webpage

Judith O’Neill –Senior Fellow

Judith O’Neill is the Chief Operating Officer, a Founding Member and a member of the Board of Managers of CMAS Holdings, LLC which provides location-based alert messages on the SMS platform to all mobile phones in a danger zone. She is trained in legal and strategic advisory and practiced law and provided strategic advice in the United States and internationally for 37 years, before joining CMAS, spending much of her time in the developing world, with a concentration on the Caribbean, Latin America, Middle East and Africa. She has worked as well in, Asia, Eastern Europe and Oceana. Her expertise is in the telecommunications and ICT sector, where she works on all aspects of regulations, joint ventures, media, applications, government policy, citizen protection, corporate transactions and applications of ICT to improve quality of life. She had advised national Presidents, Governments, regulators, private enterprise and multilaterals on communications and media law and policy. Her philanthropic roles include active Board memberships on the Surgeons of Hope (SoH), currently providing pediatric cardiac surgical missions to Nicaragua and instrumental in the building of a state of the art Pediatric Cardiac Surgical Center at the Public children’s hospital in Managua, Nicaragua, which was inaugurated in July 2013. She also chairs the Energy Committee of the New York Region and is on the Steering Committee of the National Energy Committee of a not-for-profit organization that advocates for sustainable energy policy for the U.S. and for other nations, where she convenes seminars and works with the Consuls General and U.N. Ambassadors of multiple nations on energy policy. Dr. O’Neill has worked, advised and lectured in more than 85 countries. She has been listed in successive years as among the Best Lawyers in America, New York Super Lawyers, EuroMoney Leading Telecoms Privatizaton and Regulatory Lawyer, as well as Honored as a Woman of Valor by the AJC and inducted into the Direct Women’s Board Institute in 2008, which seeks out 20 leading female lawyers each year in the US for potential fortune 500 Board membership. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Romance Languages from the American University in Washington DC and the University of Madrid, Spain, a Master of Arts Degree from the School of International Service, American University and a Juris Doctor summa cum laude from University of Baltimore School of Law, Univ. of Maryland system.