J. Scott Marcus is a Senior Fellow at Bruegel, a Brussels-based economics think tank, and also works as an independent consultant dealing with policy and regulatory policy regarding electronic communications. His work is interdisciplinary and entails economics, political science / public administration, policy analysis, and engineering.
From 2005 to 2015, he served as a Director for WIK-Consult GmbH (the consulting arm of the WIK, a German research institute in regulatory economics for network industries). From 2001 to 2005, he served as Senior Advisor for Internet Technology for the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), as a peer to the Chief Economist and Chief Technologist. In 2004, the FCC seconded Mr. Marcus to the European Commission (to what was then DG INFSO) under a grant from the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Prior to working for the FCC, he was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Genuity, Inc. (GTE Internetworking), one of the world's largest backbone internet service providers.
Mr. Marcus is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Communications and Media program at the Florence School of Regulation (FSR), a unit of the European University Institute (EUI). He is also a Fellow of GLOCOM (the Center for Global Communications, a research institute of the International University of Japan). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE; has served as co-editor for public policy and regulation for IEEE Communications Magazine; served on the Meetings and Conference Board of the IEEE Communications Society from 2001 through 2005; and was Vice Chair and then Acting Chair of IEEE CNOM. He served on the board of the American Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN) from 2000 to 2002.
Marcus is the author of numerous papers, a book on data network design. He either led or served as first author for numerous studies for the European Parliament, the European Commission, and national governments and regulatory authorities around the world.
Marcus holds a B.A. in Political Science (Public Administration) from the City College of New York (CCNY), and an M.S. from the School of Engineering, Columbia University.
Disclaimer of external interests
E-commerce and the EU Green Deal - Analysis of the environmental footprint of online sales in the context of the circular economy
This study provides information on the role of e-commerce in implementing the European Green Deal and makes recommendations for future action.
How will the EU's many digital policies work together?
High-capacity broadband infrastructure will be a key enabler of a forward-looking recovery after COVID-19.
Public workshop on the Transatlantic Expert Group on the Future of Work in Washington, DC.
Exchange of views on Transatlantic Dialogue and Cooperation on strategic considerations as regards semiconductors
Testimony on the EU Chips Act and the prospects for EU-US cooperation on semiconductors
What matters when it comes to managing the pandemic is to prevent intensive-care admissions and deaths arising from COVID-19.
Hybrid arrangements in which part of the week is spent at the office, and part at home, are likely to become the norm.
Annual Conference of the Future of Work and Inclusive Growth project
What changes has working from home brought on for workers and societies, and how can policy catch up?
The EU will face challenges in sectors where it relies on Russian and Ukrainian commodities and technologies.
Sanctions on high-tech goods supplies, combined with financial sanctions and other restrictions, will deprive Russia of a future as a modern economy.
Restrictions so far on software, media and online services in Russia have been imposed either voluntarily by firms, or else by Russia itself in order
As COVID-19 cases surge, the choice of restrictions, and the details of their implementation, can have a major influence on the degree to which busine
Bruegel Annual Meetings, Day 3 - On the final day of the Annual Meetings, our Director Guntram Wolf sits with Keyu Jin to discuss international compet
The recovery facility will boost digital transformation, but questions remain whether it will be sufficient to achieve Europe’s digital ambitions.
How can new EU funds supplement national digital and green funding and EU funds from the standard seven-year EU budget to accelerate digitalisation?
Progress has been made, but more progress is needed.
Study assessing the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the European Union's Internal Market and consumer protection prepared for the European Parliament
The European Union’s purchases of frontrunner coronavirus vaccines are insufficient for the population’s near-term needs. The shortfall could have hea
In the current legal climate, how can the EU, the US and the UK continue to share data?
How will the data travel between the EU and the US in the aftermath of the Schrems II ruling?
This study analyses the current state of national obstacles to freemovement in the EU Single Market.
Second day of Bruegel Annual Meetings.
Bruegel annual meetings, 1-3 September 2020
The judgment not only immediately invalidates Privacy Shield, but may also have the effect, once the dust has settled, of effectively blocking transfe
Distancing measures imposed by twelve European countries during the COVID-19 pandemics (a ban on holding public events, school closures, shop closures
Walking the wire: we discuss risks and benefits involved for the EU should it embark on developing a new smartphone operating system.
Reconciling health and privacy needs.
How can the EU product safety and compliance framework help promote product durability and tackle planned obsolescence, foster the production of more
All available resources need to be brought to bear on the novel coronavirus COVID-19. To what extent can digital technology help? What risks are there
Are large differences in the resilience of individual economies related to differences in the quality of country-level institutions that shape the abs
How can artificial intelligence have a positive impact on the economy? How does AI impact competition policy? How can the EU and Japan become leaders
If confirmed. Commissioner-designate Goulard will soon have direct responsibility for three areas within this broader mandate. Firstly, digital econom
This blog is part of a series following the 2019 Bruegel annual meetings, which brought together nearly 1,000 participants for two days of policy deba
Bruegel's 2019 Annual Meetings will be held on 4-5 September and feature the launch of Bruegel's Memos to the New European Commission.
At this event, we launch the study, "Digitalisation and European welfare states", authored by Georgios Petropoulos, J. Scott Marcus, Nicolas Moës, and
EU policymakers must find answers to pressing questions: if technology has a negative impact on labour income, how will the welfare state be funded? H
The third edition of the EU-LAC Economic Forum.
Liability: When Things Go Wrong in an Increasingly Interconnected and Autonomous World: A European View
In the following article, Scott Marcus first considers the sources of potential defects and what might be done to redress them. He then goes on to con
Changing relationships between Europe and Africa in the face of technological development – can digitalisation, AI and the platform economy help bridge the gap?
This event will look at digitalisation in Europe and Africa and how this is changing the relationship between the two continents
All-day conference about how the European policy-making will have to adapt to the digital transformation.
Numerous legislative measures have been initiated or enacted in support of the overall achievement of a Digital Single Market (DSM). This in-depth ana
Following the announcement that Alphabet (Google) will appeal the European Commission's ruling on the competition case against its Android mobile oper
The UK government would like to keep EU-UK data transfers largely the same following the country's separation from the EU. But talks have yet to even
Testimony before the European Parliament Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO).
Testimony before the European Parliament Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO).
Testimony before the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).
The second edition of the EU-LAC Economic Forum, a high level gathering for in-depth research-based exchanges on economic issues between European, Lat
At this event, we looked into the progress made towards achieving the main priorities for strengthening the digital single market, the opportunities a
What technological, economic, and regulatory policy implications might flow from the use of Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtu
The referendum where UK voters chose to exit the European Union has many unanticipated consequences. One that is gaining visibility in the UK just now
Europe needs to know how it can realise the potential for industrial rejuvenation. How well are European firms responding to the new opportunities for
One of the ways in which the European Commission has sought over the years to strengthen the European single market is by means of increased harmonisa
Review of EU-third country cooperation on policies falling within the ITRE domain in relation to Brexit
What is the possible future relationship between the EU and the UK in light of Brexit? The report provides a critical assessment of the implications o
Geo-blocking is a discriminatory practice that is wide-spread in EU. It prevents online customers from accessing and purchasing products or services f
Do the European Commission's recent initiatives put us on the right path?
The next wave of mobile network innovation is provoking great excitement in the industry. And indeed, there is substantial potential for improvement.
This paper was prepared for the European Parliament at the request of the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection.
Addresses major current problems in postal and delivery sector worldwide
Privacy Shield was put in place in 2016 to ensure that transfers of personal data from the EU to the US would be in compliance with European Union pri
This event is co-organised by Bruegel and the Kobe University Graduate School of Economics.
This paper explains the similarities and differences between European and U.S. net neutrality rules.
If the UK exits the EU and the EEA, it will have to go to considerable lengths to enable continued data transfers from the EU. Without an agreement o
Have competition authorities kept up with globalisation? Geographic market definition is one of the most pressing issues.
The intermediate and long-term consequences of the UK “Brexit” referendum of 23 June 2016 are numerous and far-reaching. There has been much discussio
In 2015 the European Union adopted new rules seeking to implement a roam like at home regime for member states. This Working Paper highlights challeng
The new guidelines issued on the implementation of European net neutrality rules by national regulators are sensible and pragmatic.
As the economy moves online, it becomes more difficult for national tax authorities to collect revenue. How great is the impact, and what should corpo
Consumers, retail shippers, and European and national regulatory authorities could benefit from enhanced visibility into the price of shipping goods a
The expansion of e-commerce, a substantial growth opportunity for Europe, is hampered by high cross-border parcel delivery prices. This paper analyse
Bruegel was pleased to welcome Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for the Digital Single Market. He dis
The recent terrorist attacks in Paris and elsewhere have created an atmosphere of insecurity and fear among the citizens of the main European capitals
How should industry and policy makers think about the notion of the market in the digital economy? How is industry transforming into the new digital a
How can new technologies help the global economy recover from the shocks of recent years? Can ICT and digital innovation improve productivity and crea