The Sun Never Set On The British Empire’s Oppression

Across Asia, in places such as Myanmar, India, and Hong Kong, leaders that espouse nationalist rhetoric and bemoan their former colonial overlords see no issue with deploying laws designed by those foreign masters against their own people. These lasting vestiges of the British empire are draconian, overly broad, and vaguely worded, but they persist very […]

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How Washington Fumbled The Future

Few moments in the power struggle between Washington and Silicon Valley have inspired more anger and bafflement than one in January 2013, when antitrust regulators appointed by former President Barack Obama declined to sue Google. Read Here | Politico

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The Danger Of Blindly Navigating Data Nationalism

Many companies with a digital focus rely on data as part of their business model, while governments are increasingly worried about the privacy and security issues that arise as a result. But what business practices are acceptable? And what are the limits of appropriate governmental regulation? Unfortunately, international rules in this area are underdeveloped and […]

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2021 Is The Year The Internet Gets Rewritten

Big Tech’s post-insurrection backlash against U.S. President Donald Trump and the right-wing online incitement machine were unprecedented… There are three conclusions to draw about this whiplash reaction. First, Big Tech’s raw power to redirect online discourse. Second, the opacity, capriciousness and inconstancy with which they wield that power. Third, that Big Tech companies—some of the […]

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How the World Bank Influences Regulatory Policy

The ease of doing business indicator, known as EDB, is a system that ranks the regulatory environment in countries around the world. New research looks at how the World Bank’s ease of doing business index has amassed considerable influence over business regulations worldwide. The financial institution has succeeded in doing so even though it doesn’t […]

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Australia’s Fight Against Chinese Political Interference

Last December, while introducing legislation to outlaw foreign interference in Australian politics, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told the Australian Parliament that the scale of the threat to Australian democracy and sovereignty from foreign influence campaigns was “unprecedented.” Turnbull did not name any country in particular, but the proposed laws were clearly aimed primarily at Chinese covert interference. […]

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China, EU Seize Control Of The World’s Cyber Agenda

The United States is losing ground as the internet’s standard-bearer in the face of aggressive European privacy standards and China’s draconian vision for a tightly controlled Web. The weakening American position comes as the European Union, filling a gap left by years of lax U.S. regulations, imposes data privacy requirements that companies like Facebook and […]

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Digital Armament

Besides the shiny world of social media, hard information technology work has been part of the U.S. governments for decades, but critics believe that the way the government deals with cyber issues is outdated or doesn’t even exist appropriately. Recently, the White House published the long-awaited Cybersecurity Strategy and Implementation Plan (CSIP), which aims to […]

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Modi, One Year On

The election in May 2014 of a new government in India raised expectations around the world of the likelihood of far-reaching changes in India’s economic and foreign policy orientation. This report examines both the promises and the concrete steps taken by Narendra Modi’s government in the areas of: defense, education, energy, healthcare, innovation & IPR, […]

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