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Knowledge@Wharton: April 10, 2019

Today on Knowledge@Wharton … for those of you who talk to Alexa at home, you can now ask it medical questions, book a doctor’s appointment and check on prescriptions. Amazon’s next step into the world of healthcare involves this virtual assistant. After a trial of the smart speakers in patient’s rooms at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, the door is now open for select developers to build and launch HIPAA-compliant healthcare skills for Alexa. This type of program involving the voice assistant has been in the works for more than a year with many challenges due to the regulations that are necessary for HIPAA, the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, passed through Congress in 1996. There are already six new services in place to work with Alexa that will be designated for right now for what are referred to as “covered entities and business associates.” With more, we are joined by ROB FIELD, Professor of Law and Professor of Health Management and Policy at Drexel University and SKIP ROSOFF, Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies and Health Care Management at Wharton, and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics.

Then, the Trump administration has cancelled an Obama era agreement between Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation, which would have allowed some Cuban Baseball players to join professional teams in the U.S. or Canada without defecting. This arrangement was a perceived as way to end the long history of Cuban players coming to the U.S. through life threatening means, including human trafficking. The White House argued that, as the Cuban Baseball Federation is part of the government, this would finance Cuban state activities and act as a version of human trafficking. With more, we are joined by CHRISTOPHER SABATINI, Lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and MICHAEL BUSTAMANTE, Assistant Professor in the History Department at Florida International University.

Next, Hollywood is in the midst of a major labor dispute as the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Association of Talent Agencies need to agree to a new deal before the Friday night deadline. Among the major are issues are so-called “packaging fees,” when agents receive a fee from the studio instead of their client standard commission. Writers also object to agencies joining companies that produce original content, creating a conflict of interest when it comes to who they advocate for. If they can’t reach a deal, the WGA has instructed its members to fire their agents. Should this happen, what would the impact be on originals programs and films? With more, we are joined by JONATHAN HANDEL, attorney at the Troy Gould law firm, contributing editor to The Hollywood Reporter and adjunct professor at Southwestern Law School and USC Law School, and NELSON GRANADOS, Executive Director of the Institute for Entertainment, Media, Sports and Culture, and an Associate Professor of Information Systems at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School.

Finally, globalized data networks and e-commerce platforms have forced our world to be more interconnected than ever before. When it comes to security, the United States and the European Union are the two major regulatory bodies, and yet they have very different approaches to issues of privacy and security. New rules put in place by the EU, like the General Protection Data Regulation (GDPR), have required more from companies whose business is the internet, like social media platforms. But concerns over personal data online, cyber threats and more have changed over the years on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and at times created clashes of opinions. The new book, Of Privacy and Power: The Transatlantic Struggle over Freedom and Security, looks at how the EU and the U.S., have evolved in the wake of a common need…  to protect their citizens and their data. Meet the author of the book, ABRAHAM NEWMAN, a Professor of Government at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and co-author of the book with Henry Farrell.

Air Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

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Abraham Newman

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Abraham Newman

Robert Field and Skip Rosoff

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Skip Rosoff, Robert Field

Christopher Sabatini and Michael Bustamante

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Michael Bustamante, Christopher Sabatini Ph.D.

Jonathan Handel and Nelson Granados

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: Nelson Granados, Jonathan Handel

Featured Guests

Abraham Newman

Professor of Government, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University


Professor Newman received his BA in International Relations from Stanford University and his PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Government Department at Georgetown University. He is the Director of the Mortara Center for International Studies and Chair of the European Union Studies Association. His research focuses on the ways in which economic interdependence and globalization have transformed international politics. He is the co-author of Of Privacy and Power: the Transatlantic Struggle over Freedom and Security (Princeton University Press 2019), co-author of Voluntary Disruptions: International Soft Law, Finance, and Power (Oxford University Press: 2018), author of Protectors of Privacy: Regulating Personal Data in the Global Economy (Cornell University Press: 2008) and co-editor of How Revolutionary was the Digital Revolution: National Responses, Market Transitions, and Global Technologies (Stanford University Press: 2006). His work has appeared in a range of journals including Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, Science, and World Politics.
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Skip Rosoff

Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies and Business Ethics; Host of Business Radio’s Business of Health Care, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


A full-time member of Penn’s faculty since 1970, Arnold Rosoff researches, writes and teaches in the area of health law and policy. He has chaired Wharton’s Department of Legal Studies and directed its MBA Program for Executives and the Wharton Government and Business Program. Professor Rosoff, emeritus since 2013, is a Senior Scholar at Georgetown Law School’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, a Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM), and he served for over 25 years as Deputy Editor of ACLM’s Journal of Legal Medicine.

Georgetown – http://www.law.georgetown.edu/oneillinstitute/faculty/Arnold-Rosoff.cfm
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Robert Field

Professor of Law and Public Health; Lecturer in Health Care Management at Wharton, Drexel University’s Kline School of Law and Dornsife School of Public Health


Robert Field is a nationally recognized expert in health care regulation and its role in implementing public policy. He holds a joint appointment as professor of health management and policy at Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health. He is also a lecturer in health care management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a senior fellow of Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

Professor Field is the author of “Mother of Invention: How the Government Created ‘Free-Market’ Health Care,” published in 2013 by Oxford University Press, which presents a historical overview of government programs in creating and maintaining the health care system and places health reform in the context of an ongoing evolutionary process. He is also the author of “Health Care Regulation in America: Complexity, Confrontation and Compromise,” a comprehensive overview of health care regulation, also published by Oxford University Press.

His recent scholarly work has focused on health reform and its effects on the structure of the health care system, ethical issues in vaccines and policy implications of genetic databases. His work has appeared in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Villanova Law Review, the Drexel Law Review, Health Affairs, Vaccine and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. He writes a blog for the Philadelphia Inquirer on health policy, entitled “The Field Clinic,” which features 14 prominent Philadelphia health care leaders as regular contributors.

Before joining the Drexel faculty, Professor Field founded and chaired the Department of Health Policy and Public Health at University of Sciences in Philadelphia, where he was also professor of health policy. Previously, he led business planning and development for the primary care network of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He has also conducted health policy research at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the Center for Law and Health Sciences at Boston University, practiced health law with the Philadelphia firm of Ballard Spahr, LLP, and directed public policy research for Cigna Corporation.

Professor Field earned his JD at the Columbia University School of Law, where he was associate editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.

Twitter – @RobertIField
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Michael Bustamante

Assistant Professor, Latin American History, Florida International University


Michael J. Bustamante (Ph.D., Yale University, 2016) is Assistant Professor of Latin American History at Florida International University. His scholarly writings have appeared in the Journal of American Ethnic History, Latino Studies, and Cuban Studies. He is co-editor of The Revolution from Within: Cuba, 1959-1980, published by Duke University Press in 2019. He serves on the editorial board of Cuban Studies. From 2006-2009, he served as Research Associate for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C., working on U.S.-Cuba relations issues. His writing on contemporary Cuban affairs has appeared in Foreign Affairs and The Washington Post, among other publications.
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Christopher Sabatini Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs; Editor of LatinAmericaGoesGlobal.org; Executive Director of Global Americans, Columbia University


Christopher Sabatini is a lecturer of international relations and policy at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, the founder and executive director of the new research non-profit, Global Americans and the editor of its news and opinion website www.LatinAmericaGoesGlobal.org. With support from the National Endowment for Democracy and the Ford Foundation, Global Americans conducts research on social inclusion and foreign policy and democracy and human rights. In September 2015 he was recognized as the best professor of a small class in SIPA.

From 2005 to 2014 he was the senior director of policy at the Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and the founder and editor-in-chief of the hemispheric policy magazine Americas Quarterly (AQ). At the AS/COA, Dr. Sabatini chaired the organization’s Rule of Law working group, which published a report on rule of law in the hemisphere entitled Rule of Law, Economic Growth and Prosperity (also available in Spanish). He also chaired the AS/COA Cuba Working Group. In 2007, Dr. Sabatini launched AQ and maintained a regular blog on policy in the Americas on the magazine’s website (www.americasquarterly.org). From 1997 to 2005, Dr. Sabatini was the Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Na-tional Endowment for Democracy. From 1995 to 1997 he was a Diplomacy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, working at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Center for Democracy and Governance. He has served as an advisor to the World Bank and the U.S. Agency for Interna-tional Development. He has published numerous articles on Latin America, U.S. foreign policy, democratization, and economic development in the region. He has testified multiple times before the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, and is a regular contributor to Foreign Affairs and ForeignPolicy.com, most recently published an article on the decline of Venezuela and Brazil’s foreign policy ambitions titled “The Sad Death of the Latin American Left.” Dr. Sabatini regularly provides interviews for The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, The Miami Herald, CNN, The Washington Post, and CNN en Español, and is a regular contributor to NTN24’s TV news program Efecto Naim. He has a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Virginia.

LatinAmericaGoesGlobal – http://www.LatinAmericaGoesGlobal.org
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Nelson Granados

Executive Director, Institute for Entertainment, Media, Sports, and Culture, Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management; Entertainment, Media and Culture; The Center for Applied Research


Granados researches, teaches, and consults on digital strategy and innovation, with a focus on travel, media, and entertainment. He is fascinated by the impact that digital technologies are having across industries.
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Jonathan Handel

Of Counsel; Lecturer in Law, USC Gould School of Law and Southwestern Law School, TroyGould


Jonathan Handel (jhandel.com) practices transactional entertainment and technology law at TroyGould in Los Angeles and is a contributing editor for The Hollywood Reporter, where he covers entertainment labor and select other matters. He is also a former computer scientist and was involved in local politics for a decade.

Handel is the author of the forthcoming book Entertainment Residuals: A Full Color Guide, which describes the union reuse/royalty payments that are common in the entertainment industry, and the 2011 book Hollywood on Strike!, which chronicles and analyzes the Hollywood writers strike of 2007-2008 and the ensuing Screen Actors Guild stalemate that lasted through mid-2009.

Handel is a lecturer in law at the USC Gould School of Law in Fall 2013, his second year. He has also been an adjunct professor at Southwestern Law School and UCLA Law School. Handel has previously worked as a talent lawyer; as associate counsel at the Writers Guild; and as a litigator.

Handel is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and was named by the Daily Journal as one of the top 100 lawyers in California in 2008. He has been profiled in the book, social.lawyers, by Jayne Navarre, and by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College in applied math and computer science, Handel worked in the computer industry before, during and after college. He was also involved in local politics as an elected delegate and Democratic party committee member and in gay politics; drafted and lobbied for passage of the Cambridge, Mass., human rights (civil rights) ordinance; and served on the human rights commission that the law established to investigate and adjudicate discrimination claims. Handel then attended Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude in 1990, and then clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. During 1992-1993, while a litigation associate at a Los Angeles firm, he concurrently served as a federal Associate Independent Counsel (special prosecutor) investigating alleged misconduct in the Bush administration.

Personal Site – https://jhandel.com
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