Big Tech firms flagrantly disregard the implicit social contract that enables capitalist economies to thrive. The time has come to curb their market power and establish the institutional mechanisms necessary to prevent the benefits of technological innovation from being monopolized by a privileged few.
Like all relatively recent innovations, blockchain networks have suffered from plenty of hype, scandal, and mistrust. But with the technology having demonstrated its functionality, robustness, and utility, it now just needs regulatory standardization and safeguards to bring the wider public on board.
Although the circumstances surrounding Alexei Navalny’s sudden death point directly to Kremlin culpability, there is little doubt that his legacy will live on, instilling fear in President Vladimir Putin’s corrupt regime. No other opposition figure has been as effective at inspiring ordinary Russians.
For a long time, the European Union could coast on the success of its single market and common rules. But faced with the imperial threat emanating from Russia and the prospect of Donald Trump returning to the White House, Europe no longer has any choice but to become a military and political power in its own right.
A torrent of misinformation threatens to undermine efforts to adopt a legally binding Pandemic Accord. The World Health Organization’s member states must rebut the lies and rely on a pragmatic give-and-take approach in the final negotiations to ensure that the world is better prepared for the next infectious-disease emergency.
At this year’s Munich Security Conference, European leaders missed yet another opportunity to show how they plan to strengthen NATO’s European pillar and develop a robust European defense industry. Yet with the prospect of another Donald Trump presidency looming, there can be no room for such failures.
Even though it is well known that economic inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean is unacceptably high, efforts to close the gap between rich and poor have fallen short. A new research project aims to provide governments with a more nuanced understanding of this longstanding problem and how to remedy it.