Portare la complessità nel pensiero è operazione necessaria. Gli intellettuali e gli analisti dovrebbero “convertirsi” al pensiero complesso, aiutare tutti a comprendere un mondo che sta virando verso scenari di grandi rischi e di altrettante opportunità. Prima di tutto, per quanto ovvio, questa prospettiva dovrebbe riguardare la formazione al realismo di classi dirigenti adeguate (non solo in politica).
Nel momento in cui il rischio non è più lineare e prevedibile, il nostro atteggiamento culturale verso gli altri e verso la realtà non può più essere binario, non può più limitarsi a dividere il mondo in buoni-cattivi, amici-nemici. Questo approccio è del tutto anti-storico e crea illusioni di sicurezza elevando pericolosamente il livello d’immunizzazione delle società aperte (e profondamente disgregate al loro interno). Se spostiamo, come accade, l’asse della competizione sul piano dei rapporti sociali rischiamo di smarrire le infinite possibilità date da società aperte governate politicamente.
Occorre ricongiungere esperienze locali e dinamiche planetarie. E le comunità umane devono ritrovarsi nel “comune”, il luogo di senso e di significato che genera coesione e progettualità. I “governati”, attraverso la loro auto-determinazione strategica, diventano “governanti” di fatto e aiutano i propri rappresentanti a governare politicamente la glocalità: a patto, naturalmente, che tutti colgano il vincolo complesso che lega le società al loro interno, i territori e il pianeta, considerando i primi come mondi-nel-mondo.
Non dobbiamo aver paura delle crisi della democrazia. Essa, sistema imperfetto, si compie progressivamente e, nel fare questo, incontra tutte le difficoltà dei sistemi liberi. Le crisi, pertanto, fanno parte dell’esperienza democratica. Dobbiamo invece temere la loro de-generazione laddove le democrazie non colgano il momento storico che chiede una profonda auto-critica politica delle società aperte. Il problema, allora, è in questo passaggio: se teniamo alla democrazia, scelta da privilegiare secondo chi scrive, dobbiamo costruire le prospettive culturali di ri-pensamento della stessa. E questa operazione non può che passare dalla scelta del pensiero complesso.
Bringing complexity into thinking is a necessary operation. Intellectuals and analysts should “convert” themselves to complex thinking, helping everyone to understand a world turning towards scenarios of great risk and of many opportunities. First of all, this perspective must concern the training-in-realism of adequate ruling classes (not only in politics).
When the risk is no longer linear and predictable, our cultural attitude towards others and towards reality can no longer be binary, cannot longer limit to dividing the world into good-bad, friend-enemy. This approach is completely anti-historical and creates illusions of security by dangerously raising the level of immunization of open (and deeply disrupted within them) societies. If we shift, as happens, the axis of competition on the level of social relations, we risk losing the infinite possibilities given by open and politically governed societies.
Local experiences and planetary dynamics need to be reunited. And human communities must find themselves in the “common” that generates cohesion and strategic horizons. The “governed”, through their strategic self-determination, become de facto “rulers” and help their representatives to politically govern glocality: provided, of course, that all grasp the complex bond that binds societies within them, the territories and the planet, considering territories as worlds-in-the-world.
We must not be afraid of the crises of democracy. Imperfect system, democracy takes place progressively and, in doing so, it encounters all the difficulties of free systems. Crises, therefore, are part of the democratic experience. Instead, we must fear their de-generation where democracies do not grasp the historical moment that calls for a profound political self-criticism of open societies. The problem, then, is in this passage: if we care about democracy, a choice to be privileged, we must build the cultural perspectives of rethinking it. And this operation can only pass from the choice of complex thinking.
- (Progetto di civiltà) Il pensiero complesso per strategie glocali
- (Progetto di civiltà) La scelta morale: porre al centro la relazione
- (Progetto di civiltà) Ri-pensare il discorso morale
- (Progetto di civiltà) Nel profondo dell’ “on life”
- (Progetto di civiltà) Megacrisi, vincolo glocale e assenza della politica
- (Progetto di civiltà) Non basta più parlare di cambiamento
- (Progetto di civiltà) La questione glocale
- (Progetto di civiltà) Luoghi di vita, glocalità e rivoluzione tecnologica
- (Progetto di civiltà) Informalità progettuale e giudizio storico
- (Progetto di civiltà) Le città-laboratorio come vincolo complesso
- (Progetto di civiltà) La politica può rifondarsi nelle città
FROM GLOBAL THINK TANKS – DAILY NEWSLETTER
Around the world: Central Asia, China, China-Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Italy, Middle East, Mongolia, Muslim Brotherhood, Philippines, Russia-Ukraine, Sierra Leone & Rwanda, Sudan, UK, Uganda, USA, USA-China, Yemen
Topics: Cybersecurity, Defense-Intelligence-Military-Security-Space, Digital & Tech, Energy & Climate Change, Food Crisis, Health & Digital, Global
AROUND THE WORLD
- July 21, 2022. Mariana Iootty, Martin Melecky, World Bank blogs. Business Pulse Survey for the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan reveals critical insights on the extent of the war’s likely impact on firms and its variation across countries. Taking the pulse of business in Central Asia following the Russian invasion of Ukraine Are certain firms struggling more, and in which countries? Answering these questions is critical for governments in responding to the economic shocks caused by the war. A new wave of data from the World Bank’s most recently collected
- July 22, 2022. Michael Clark, The Interpreter. China’s President Xi Jinping undertook what state media have termed an “inspection tour” of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region between 12 and 15 July. Those hoping that this visit would show possible signs of a loosening of the Party-state’s repression in the region have been sorely disappointed. Xi’s visit to the region in fact amounts to a victory lap wherein he not only reaffirmed that the Chinese Communist Party has hewed to the “correct path of solving ethnic issues with Chinese characteristics” but also indicated measures through which it intends to consolidate the perceived gains achieved by Xi’s hard line. Dizzy with success: Xi consolidates repression in Xinjiang
- July 22. 2022. Yu Xi, Global Times. The 11th Meeting of the China-Africa Think Tanks Forum was held on Wednesday and Thursday in Beijing and Jinhua, East China’s Zhejiang Province, with more than 200 officials, scholars and other attendants from China and 19 African countries and regions participating in the events online and on-site to enhance the deep understanding between the two sides. 11th China-Africa Think Tanks Forum promotes spirit of China-Africa friendship and cooperation
Democratic Republic of the Congo
- July 22, 2022. UN News. As conflict grows in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the rising death toll and suffering of displaced civilians through brutal attacks, is cause for serious concern said the UN refugee agency UNHCR on Friday, which appealed for fresh funds to meet “soaring needs” across the country. UNHCR alarmed by growing death toll among displaced in eastern DR Congo
- July 21, 2022. Atlantic Council. Following days of political turmoil, Mario Draghi resigned from his post as Italy’s prime minister Thursday—sending shockwaves through a European political establishment whose very stability he helped ensure. Mario Draghi, and Italy’s political stability, are gone. What’s next for Europe?
- July 21, 2022. Jon B. Alterman, CSIS. We have been hearing about transitions in the Middle East for years now. There was the hoped-for democratic transition, which has been a bust. There is an energy transition looming. There is, arguably, a water transition afoot as aquifer depletion, surface-water exhaustion, and climate change all combine to make a mostly arid region profoundly more so. But an equally profound transition may be one few are talking about: a labor transition that may reorder the economics, politics, and society of the entire Middle East, from Casablanca to Tehran. The Middle East Transition We Need to Talk About
- July 21, 2022. Orkhon Gantogtokh, East Asia Forum. In 2019, Mongolia ranked 102 out of 141 countries in the Global Competitiveness Report. Its areas of weakness included the prominence of research institutions, scientific publications, graduate skills and ease of finding skilled workers. In this final category, Mongolia ranked 140 out of 141. Mongolia’s paradoxical education problem
- July 20, 2022. Matteo Colombo, Clingendael. Hamstrung by decades of repression, mistrust and a lack of governance experience, Muslim Brotherhood-linked parties were ultimately unable to navigate the post-2011 tensions between the need to deliver on the popular demands of the Arab uprisings and maintain ideological coherence. Similarly, they struggled to retain their revolutionary credentials and at the same time compromise with ruling elites in order to govern. While this was always a tall order, the consequence has been that decline and crisis followed the organisation’s initial ascent between 2011 and 2013. The Muslim Brotherhood gradually lost its ideological influence over parties it had inspired following the 2013 military takeover against Mohamed Morsi in Egypt. From this year onwards, growing repression, marginalisation and factionalism accelerated the movement’s decline. The arrest and exile of leading Muslim Brotherhood individuals created a leadership void and opened up space for internal strife. Today, the Muslim Brotherhood is a shadow of its former self and in crisis. In parallel to the decline of the Muslim Brotherhood, the legitimacy and relevance of jihadism, political Salafism and Iran’s model of religious rule also appear to have weakened, respectively due to the ‘defeat’ of Islamic State, Saudi modernisation and the poor to mediocre governance provided by Tehran’s partners. This raises the question what major religiously inspired sources of political renewal and mobilisation remain across the Middle East and North Africa that are capable of offering credible prospects for better governance. Lost in transition: The Muslim Brotherhood in 2022
- July 22. 2022. HRW. Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. should demonstrate a serious commitment to human rights in his first State of the Nation Address on July 25, 2022, Human Rights Watch said today. The address, in which Marcos is expected to outline his government’s policies and programs for his six-year term, is a chance to distance himself from the rampant rights violations and deep-seated impunity of the Rodrigo Duterte administration. Philippines: Marcos Should Focus on Rights Issues
- July 22, 2022. Carl Bildt, Project-Syndicate, The Strategist. After World War II, global diplomatic efforts sought to create a new international order that would prevent the world from descending into war, chaos and anarchy again. A major part of that project was to refine the international legal order by establishing tribunals to prosecute war crimes. Hearings held in Nuremberg and Tokyo established that aggression is the ‘supreme international crime’—one for which leaders from Nazi Germany and imperial Japan were sentenced to death. The necessity of territorial integrity
- July 22, 2022. HRW. Russian forces have tortured, unlawfully detained, and forcibly disappeared civilians in the occupied areas of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, Human Rights Watch said today. Russian forces have also tortured prisoners of war (POWs) held there. Ukraine: Torture, Disappearances in Occupied South
- July 21, 2022. Karolina Hird, Grace Mappes, Layne Philipson, George Barros, and Frederick W. Kagan, ISW. Russian forces conducted a few limited and highly localized ground attacks on July 21. The current Russian operational tempo is not markedly different from what it was during the officially declared operational pause between July 7 and July 16.Russian forces continued to conduct minor attacks throughout that period to the northwest of Slovyansk and around the Siversk and Bakhmut areas without capturing any decisive ground. Since July 16, Russian troops have continued local attacks to the east of Siversk as well as east and south of Bakhmut; they have not made any major territorial gains in these areas as of July 21. The Russian grouping northwest of Slovyansk has in fact conducted fewer ground attacks along the Kharkiv-Donetsk Oblast border than it did during the official operational pause. The lack of successful ground attacks beyond the Slovyansk, Siversk, and Bakhmut areas is consistent with ISW’s assessment that the Russian offensive is likely to culminate without capturing Slovyansk or Bakhmut. Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, July 21
Sierra Leone & Rwanda
- July 21, 2022. Camilla Kuckartz, Mathias Esman, World Bank blogs. This is a critical time for education. A cost-of-living crisis, including rising food and energy prices and the war in Ukraine are putting pressure on policymakers to cut education budgets. It is tempting because economic dividends from education only materialize decades later and students cannot exert political pressure by voting. Yet as education advisors with the governments of Sierra Leone and Rwanda, we have seen first-hand how governments are prioritizing education funding. To some, these countries may seem like unlikely champions of education. Both faced cataclysmic violence in the 1990s and remain among the poorest in the world. But they are working hard to change that – and investing in education is a central pillar of their economic strategies. How to prioritize education in a time of crisis
- July 20, 2022. Anette Hoffmann, Clingendael. Three years after the historic ousting of the long-time dictator al-Bashir, Sudan’s revolution continues. The military coup of last October has effectively ended Sudan’s post-Bashir transition to democracy but has fanned the flames of the Sudanese people’s struggle for freedom, peace, and justice. Protesters from Sudan’s non-violent resistance movement continue to risk their lives by taking to the streets demanding the end of military rule and the transfer of power to a civilian government. The international community, however, has spent the last eight months trying to restore a power-sharing government whose very viability had become untenable. The West’s struggle in Sudan
- July 22, 2022. HRW. The United Kingdom government is set to tarnish its own landmark advancement on violence against women by excluding migrant women from key protections. This perpetuates longstanding barriers for migrant women whose residency status depends on their abusers, as they may fear expulsion from the UK if they seek help for domestic violence. UK: Tackling Violence against Some Women, But Not All
- July 21, 2022. Mukami Kariuki, Ruth Charo, World Bank blogs. A high school drop-out, Evelyn Nakabuye, who lives on the outskirts of Kampala, survived years of joblessness. She lived in a small house with her four children and her mother. “I was jobless and stranded,” she says. That all changed in 2018 when Evelyn heard about a training opportunity at TEXFAD, a skills training academy located near her home. She enrolled the same year and trained for six months in carpet-design and weaving, a program falling under the US$100 million World Bank-funded Uganda Skills Development Project. She excelled at it and was retained by the program to teach others how to make carpets from banana stem fiber and T-shirt offcuts. With her salary, Evelyn now lives in her own house, pays school fees for her children, and takes care of herself. Skills development initiative brings positive changes in Uganda
- July 21, 2022. Ariel Gelrud Shiro and Kristin F. Butcher, Brookings. The United States has experienced stagnant or even declining intergenerational economic mobility since the 1980s. At the same time, income inequality remains high, both within and across race groups. As we recover from the COVID-19 recession, which led a staggering 22 million Americans to lose their jobs, it is more important than ever to understand the role that job displacement plays in exacerbating income inequalities and intergenerational income mobility. Job displacements hurt workers across the board
- July 21, 2022. Chetan Hebbale and Johannes Urpelainen, Brookings. Within weeks of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the average price for a gallon of gasoline reached its highest point in American history—a range where it has largely remained as the economic isolation of one of the world’s largest petroleum exporters looks to persist for months, if not years. The moment for EVs: Strategies to transform American roads
- July 21, 2022. Marvin Kalb, Brookings. The American press corps struggles every day to prove to readers and viewers that it is “fair and balanced,” the slogan cleverly adopted by Fox News. If it strongly criticized Donald Trump during his presidency (and since), then it follows that it must also strongly criticize Joe Biden, which is exactly what it’s done. Press “bothsideism” has failed Biden, and America
- July 22, 2022. Zhang Hui, Wang Qi and Xing Xiaojing, Global Times. After China warned of “strong and resolute measures” over US House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s planned Taiwan trip, US President Joe Biden on Wednesday hinted the Pentagon opposed Pelosi’s trip. Chinese observers believe that Biden administration has clearly received China’s message about a possible diplomatic and military response, which could be something the US is not able to afford. China’s message of warning ‘received’ as Pentagon opposes Pelosi’s planned Taiwan visit
- July 21, 2022. Ryan Hass, Jude Blanchette, CSIS. Russia’s February invasion of Ukraine is only the latest in a series of events that have shaken the global order and raised profound questions about the nature and frequency of state-to-state military conflict, the trajectory of globalization and technological innovation, and the utility of legacy multilateral institutions. The U.S.-China relationship, arguably the world’s most consequential bilateral relationship, has been impacted by these recent shocks, but has also itself been the cause of much of the uncertainty surrounding the international order. Central Questions in U.S.-China Relations amid Global Turbulence
- July 21, 2022. Emily Owen, Pasquale Franzese, World Bank blogs. The conflict in Yemen has now raged for seven years. These are compounding a humanitarian crisis fueled by extreme poverty, food and water shortages, a cholera epidemic, and disrupted healthcare services. Making Yemen’s urban centers climate resilient
- July 22, 2022. Stephanie Pell, Lawfare. December 2020 and January 2021 saw two successive intrusions—SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange—that were committed by nation-states and affected both public and private sectors. Two months after these intrusions, Gen. Paul Nakasone, the dual-hatted commander of Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) and director of the National Security Agency (NSA), testified publicly about a “blind spot” preventing the government from detecting these intrusions. Cybersecurity, the ECPA, Carpenter, and Government Transparency
- July 22, 2022. Joseph Chukwub, Info Security. As we’ve moved into the 2020s, the DevOps industry has seen a huge increase in the amount of software being developed and released. This means that teams are releasing more code faster than ever before. But with all that speed comes risk – and it’s up to you to manage it. Proactive Problem-Solving Tips in DevOps: Guide for 2022
- July 22, 2022. Phil Muncaster, Info Security. Over half (54%) of global organizations believe their risk assessments aren’t mature enough, potentially exposing them to escalating cyber-threats, according to Trend Micro. Global Firms Fear the Worst Over Risk Management Failures
- July 22, 2022. Phil Muncaster, Info Security.
- July 22, 2022. Phil Muncaster, Info Security. Tens of millions of users of a popular virtual pet site may have had their data compromised in the first known US mega breach of 2022. Mixed Messages as Neopets Scrambles to Respond to Mega Breach
- July 21, 2022. James Coker, Info Security. China has fined global mobility technology platform Didi Global around $1.2bn (8.026 billion yuan) for violating the country’s network security law, data security law and personal information protection law. China Fines Didi Global $1.19bn for “Heinous” Data Security Infringements
- July 21, 2022. James Coker, Info Security.
- July 21, 2022. François Amigorena, Info Security. It’s surprising what marketing has been able to do with such an off-putting term. In almost any context outside of security, zero trust has few, if any, positive connotations. “There is zero, I repeat, zero trust between us” is not really something most people want to hear. It’s abrasive, even aggressive. Stand Down, Marketers: Zero Trust is Not a Product
- July 21, 2022. Phil Muncaster, Info Security.
- July 21, 2022. Lorenzo Forlani, CORCOM. Cyberoo, Pmi innovativa quotata sul Mercato Egm e specializzata in Cyber security per le imprese, dopo i rallentamenti legati alla situazione pandemica, ha ripreso il suo percorso di internazionalizzazione, portando le proprie soluzioni sul mercato tedesco. Cyberoo spinge sull’internazionalizzazione e sbarca in Germania
- July 21, 2022. Domenico Aliperto, CORCOM. La Cyberspace Administration of China ha inflitto al colosso del car sharing una sanzione da 8,026 miliardi di yuan, pari a 1,16 miliardi di euro: “Violate le leggi sulla sicurezza della rete, sulla sicurezza dei dati e sulla protezione delle informazioni personali”. Data protection, multa da 1,16 miliardi per la cinese Didi Chuxing
- July 21, 2022. Colin Demarest, Defense News. After some five months of war raging in Eastern Europe, feared Russian ranks of hackers have had an underwhelming impact on Ukrainian networks and critical infrastructure in the U.S. and other nations. The question is: why? US seeking to understand Russia’s failure to project cyber power in Ukraine
- July 22, 2022. Wang Qi, Global Times. China on Friday denounced Japan over its annual defense white paper, as it outlined China and other neighbors as “threats” in a bid to gain more domestic support to boost the defense budget and amend the pacifist constitution. Chinese analysts said that Japan’s aggressive, condemnatory and containing mentality toward China is stronger and more straightforward . Besides, the emphasis of the white paper on active attack capability also reflects the strengthening of the right in Japanese politics. Japan slammed for seeking excuses for military expansion by hyping threats from neighbors in annual defense report
- July 22, 2022. Aditya Bhan, ORF. With at least 26 aircrafts to be procured under the Indian Navy’s ongoing Multi-Role Carrier Borne Fighters (MRCBF) programme, and the initial requirement of 57 aircrafts creating the scope for acquiring greater numbers, the two contenders going head-to-head are the Rafale Marine (M) aircraft and the F/A-18 Super Hornet. The trials have concluded, with the Indian Navy having received the complete data from the tests conducted at the shore-based test facility (SBTF) in Goa. Super Hornets may pip Rafales in Indian Navy’s Carrier-based Fighter Aircraft Procurement
- July 22, 2022. Brendan Nicholson, The Strategist. Pressure from an increasingly aggressive China and the example of Russia’s war on Ukraine have driven rapid changes in the views of Japan’s people on defence and military cooperation with nations such as Australia. China and Russia driving big changes in Japanese strategic thinking
- July 22, 2022. John Coyne, The Strategist. Northern Australia is becoming increasingly important to the United States and its Indo-Pacific presence. What is less clear for industry, community and state and territory stakeholders is what US–Australia defence cooperation looks like in northern Australia for the next decade. There’s plenty of rhetoric in agreements such as the US force posture initiatives, AUKUS and the Quad. However, their lack of clarity and specificity inhibits whole-of-government cooperation, coordination and synchronisation in northern Australia. Making the most of northern Australia’s strategic geography
- July 22, 2022. French Navy Receives 8th and 9th Upgraded ATL2 MPA The French Defense Procurement Agency DGA took delivery of the eighth and ninth Atlantique 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) upgraded to standard 6 this month. The MPAs were then delivered to the French Navy (Marine Nationale) at the Lann-Bihoué naval air base.
- July 22, 2022. Naval News. Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully completed the third live fire test of its AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range (AARGM-ER). 3rd Successful Missile Live Fire Test for AARGM-ER
- July 22, 2022. Naval News. Boeing debuted the first P-8A Poseidon aircraft for New Zealand in its Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) livery. New Zealand is one of eight nations to have acquired the P-8 as their new multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft. New Zealand’s First Boeing P-8A Poseidon Breaks Cover
- July 21, 2022. U.S. Navy Offers Comments on UCAVs At the U.S. Naval Institute’s Center for Strategic and International Studies’s (USNI/CSIS) webinar presentation on the “100th Anniversary of Carrier Aviation” shown on July 13, 2022, Naval News asked a question about Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs) that was answered by Rear Admiral (RADM) Andrew Loiselle, U.S. Navy, Director, Air Warfare Division.
- July 22, 2022. Joe Gould, Defense News. The U.S. Department of State cleared a possible foreign military sale of 96 Raytheon-made Patriot surface-to-air missiles to the Netherlands in a deal estimated to be worth $1.2 billion. Patriot missile sales to Netherlands cleared by US State Department
- July 21, 2022. Vivienne Machi, Defense News. As the war between invading Russian soldiers and defensive Ukrainian troops enters its fifth month, nations around the world have provided billions of dollars worth of military assistance to Kiev to help defend its sovereignty. Inside the multinational logistics cell coordinating military aid for Ukraine
- July 21, 2022.
- July 21, 2022. Jen Judson, Defense News. The U.S. Army’s floating equipment stockpile in the Indo-Pacific theater was put to the test for the first time in exercises in the Philippines, revealing the changing nature of how the service’s prepositioned stock is used, according Brig. Gen. Jay Bartholomees. US Army’s floating equipment stockpile in Pacific gets first test
- July 21, 2022. Stephen Losey, Defense News. The U.S. Air Force is working to decide how best to train Ukraine’s pilots as the embattled nation’s air force looks to modernize. Ukraine says air force needs western fighter jets, and the US is preparing to help
- July 21, 2022. Kevin Baron, Defense One. America’s internal division is reducing its international influence, China is not 10 feet tall, Iran doesn’t really want a nuclear deal, and Russia is “about to run out of steam” in Ukraine, said Britain’s spy chief in a rare and frank interview about global threats and the state of Western intelligence services. Russia is ‘About to Run Out of Steam,’ MI6 Chief Says
- July 21, 2022. Patrick Tucker, Defense One. Special operations forces are already prepared for possible action against China in defense in Taiwan, but the role of special operators in the Indo-Pacific, in competition with China, would differ substantially from the fast-paced, kinetic counter-terrorism performed in the Middle East and Afghanistan, Army Lt. Gen. Bryan Fenton, the nominee to lead Special Operations Command, testified Thursday. SOCOM Nominee Sees China Fight As More Partner Building, Less Door Kicking
- July 21, 2022. Brookings. How does human capital impact America’s national security? In the latest episode of “Vying for Talent,” U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks discusses the Defense Department’s efforts to resolve workforce challenges, strengthen diversity, and create a culture of innovation. In discussion with co-hosts Ryan Hass and Jude Blanchette, Dr. Hicks emphasizes that talent is “the core” of national defense. How the Defense Department is pursuing a culture of innovation
Digital & Tech
- July 21, 2022. Giuliano Pozza, Agenda Digitale. Nelle mani della crescente massa dei regimi che vanno dagli “autoritari” alle “democrazie imperfette”, la tecnologia è uno strumento di dominio potentissimo. Sorveglianza di massa, la Cina non è poi così lontana: perché potremmo diventare tutti uiguri
- July 22, 2022. Shravishtha Ajaykumar, Shruti Jain, ORF. Despite the current discrepancies in socio-economic access to technology, women’s participation in digital economies predicts that including 600 million female users can increase the global GDP by US$ 5 Billion. G20 and the gender focus on the digital divide
- July 22, 2022. Basu Chandola, ORF. The application of emerging technologies in humanitarian assistance has increased in recent years, and they have proven effective in delivering life-saving interventions to populations in need. In a fast-changing technological landscape, the use of such tools is only expected to increase further. At the same time, however, the use of technologies brings certain challenges, such as misuse of data and the spread of misinformation. This brief examines the current use of technology for humanitarian assistance in different parts of the world, and underlines the principles that should frame the practice. Promoting Principles-Based Use of Technology in Humanitarian Assistance
- July 22, 2022. Seth Hays, East Asia Forum. Trade in counterfeit goods is approximately 2.5 per cent of global trade (US$461 billion) — and over 80 per cent of these counterfeits are manufactured or traded in the Asia Pacific. Digital trade in Southeast Asia alone will grow to US$1 trillion by 2030. But as trade moves online and e-commerce grows, so too does trade in counterfeit goods. Building trust in Asia’s digital trade revolution
- July 21, 2022. Veronica Balocco, CORCOM. Il progetto di Rome Technopole, l’ecosistema di innovazione della Regione Lazio nato con l’obiettivo di alimentare la filiera di ricerca e innovazione in sinergia con il mondo imprenditoriale, entra nel vivo. Dopo la firma dell’atto costitutivo, l’8 giugno, ieri la Fondazione ha fatto un ulteriore passo avanti con l’atto di adesione da parte di enti e aziende al ‘Rome Technopole’, firmato nel Senato accademico dell’Università Sapienza di Roma. Oltre alle sei università di Roma e del Lazio (Tor Vergata, Roma Tre, Luiss, Tuscia, Cassino e il Campus Biomedico), infatti, prendono parte al Rome Technopole anche la Regione Lazio, il Comune di Roma, i 4 enti di ricerca nazionali (Cnr, Enea, Infn e Iss), Inail, la Camera di Commercio di Roma e poi venti aziende tra cui Leonardo, Acea, Aeroporti di Roma, Eni e Unicredit. Rome Technopole entra nel vivo: bandi al via – CorCom (corrierecomunicazioni.it)
- July 21, 2022. L.O., CORCOM. Più innovazione per l’insurtech italiano. Saranno big data, Intelligenza artificiale e Space innovation a dare la svolta al settore rendendolo in grado di affrontare le sfide legate al cambiamento climatico. Ma servono più investimenti: secondo l’Italian Insurtech Association mancano 400 milioni all’appello per sviluppare tecnologie in grado di mappare i rischi e stipulare polizze adeguate. Insurtech alla sfida climate change, spinta su AI e space innovation
- July 21, 2022. F.Me., CORCOM. Ericsson completa l’acquisizione di Vonage. Il takeover vale 6,2 miliardi di dollari, pari a 5,5 miliardi di euro, la più grande acquisizione di sempre per la multinazionale svedese che, grazie alla soluzioni di Vonage, potrà offrire una suite completa di soluzioni di Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS), UCaaS (Unified Communications as a Service) e CCaaS (Contact Center as a Service). Ericsson compra Vonage, sul piatto 6,6 miliardi di dollari – CorCom
- July 21, 2022. A.S., CORCOM. Obiettivo dell’operazione è aiutare le organizzazioni a prendere decisioni più informate sfruttando le ricerche in linguaggio naturale basate sull’intelligenza artificiale. Sap accelera sui search-driven analytics: takeover su Askdata
- July 21, 2022. Veronica Balocco, CORCOM. Battute le stime degli analisti che si fermavano a 640,5 milioni di euro. Vendite in aumento del 3%. Determinante la forte domanda di apparecchiature da parte degli operatori. Nokia, utili oltre le attese a 714 milioni: sprint dal 5G
- July 21, 2022. Domenico Aliperto, CORCOM. Completato l’upgrade sull’infrastruttura che serve 28 Paesi in quattro continenti. Grazie all’intervento, la reta ora è completamente automatizzata e programmabile. Intanto in Italia il gruppo sigla, insieme a Kyndryl e Lutech, la convenzione Consip sui servizi di migrazione al Cloud della PA. Vodafone rinnova il network globale all’insegna dell’Sdn
- July 21, 2022. L.O., CORCOM. Abbonamenti a quota 34,9% con una crescita del 18,6% nel 2021 nei 38 Stati aderenti all’organizzazione. Italia sopra la media con il 43,3%. Per la prima volta superato l’utilizzo del “cable” (non adottato nel nostro Paese). Banda larga fissa, Ocse: fibra vincente, sorpassato anche il cavo
- July 22, 2022. Lorenzo Forlani, CORCOM. In partnership con Virginia Tech e il Technology Innovation Institute si punta a sviluppare soluzioni in grado di valorizzare le capacità dell’AI anche in ottica green. Intelligenza artificiale a prova di sostenibilità, Ericsson in campo
- July 21, 2022. Domenico Aliperto, CORCOM. Le due società hanno annunciato una partnership per lo sviluppo di un sistema che permetterà a Cariad, la divisione software del colosso tedesco, di garantire la fornitura di semiconduttori per le auto del gruppo Volkswagen nei prossimi anni. Chip, Volkswagen e StMicroelectronics uniscono le forze
- July 21, 2022. Veronica Balocco, CORCOM. Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte, Ntt Data, Sap e Tim tra i collaboratori chiave dell’ampio ecosistema che supporta la trasformazione digitale del Paese, facendo leva sulle due regione tricolore. Il country manager Fabio Fregi: “La nuvola asset cruciale per la ripresa economica e la competitività”. Google Cloud, in Italia mercato da 2 miliardi per i partner
Energy & Climate Change
- July 22, 2022. World Nuclear News. Canada’s Candu Energy has signed the first contract for the refurbishment of unit 1 at Romania’s Cernavoda nuclear power plant. The extensive re-tubing of the reactor will take its operational life to 2060 and directly help enable net-zero goals. First contract signed for Romanian nuclear refurbishment : Corporate
- July 22, 2022. World Nuclear News. The floating nuclear power plant at Pevek in the Russian Arctic is moving towards its goal of heating all the homes in the town. More nuclear heat for Arctic town : Corporate
- July 22, 2022. Zhang Hui and Xing Xiaojing, Global Times. Japan’s nuclear regulator on Friday approved the discharge plan of Fukushima nuclear-contaminated water, with Chinese observers voicing concerns that the release of the contaminated water into the ocean may start earlier than the previous schedule of next spring and warning that Japan will bear the brunt of damage, with people’s lives under serious threat and seafood consumption and export nosediving. Japan approves nuclear-contaminated water discharge plan, may turn Japanese people into ‘sick men of Asia,’ seafood consumption and export nosedive
- July 21, 2022. Simon Black, Ian Parry and Karlygash Zhunussova, IMF blog. As the world gears up to avoid a climate catastrophe by limiting global warming to 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius, more countries are putting carbon pricing at the center of their mitigation strategies. Yet designing ways to put a price on carbon can be complicated and countries face multiple choices. More Countries Are Pricing Carbon, but Emissions Are Still Too Cheap
- July 21, 2022. Husam Beides, Elisabeth Maier, World Bank blogs. During a discussion held with women in the energy sector to learn more about their experiences in Amman, Jordan, one woman called Maleeka, who is an electrical engineer and entrepreneur said, “I had a difficult time looking for a job. While I had a strong academic record, I didn’t have any practical experience. My technical qualifications in engineering were not good since we did not have any equipment to be trained on at the university. And it also didn’t help that I was a woman.”. Getting more women into the energy sector: A RENEW’ed approach for MENA
- July 21, 2022. Achille Pierre Paliotta, Agenda Digitale. Le ondate di calore registratesi nel Belpaese, a partire dal mese di maggio, pongono un serio problema che è divenuto vieppiù rilevante, di giorno in giorno, anche a livello globale soprattutto nelle grandi città e nei paesi economicamente meno sviluppati. Se si allarga lo sguardo, dalla penisola a una prospettiva più ampia, si vede bene come ambedue questi problemi interessano tutto il globo terracqueo. Raffreddare le città: la triplice sfida della governance urbana, tecnologica e climatica
- July 22, 2022. World Nuclear News. Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has formally approved Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (Tepco’s) plan to discharge treated water from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea. Regulator approves Fukushima water release : Regulation & Safety
- July 21, 2022. Juergen Voegele, World Bank blogs. . This poses a serious threat to food security, as the planting season starts this summer. So far, the war in Ukraine has mostly affected countries importing wheat and corn. But many countries, including some major food exporters, are net fertilizer importers. Persistently high fertilizer prices may spread to a broader variety of crops including rice, a staple which has not yet seen war-related price hikes.
Health & Digital
- July 21, 2022. Vera Daniele, Agenda Digitale. Non si sono ancora dipanate le nuvole interpretative, ma soprattutto applicative, dei principi introdotti dagli articoli 1-3 della legge 22 dicembre 2017 n.219 e recepiti dal Codice di deontologia medica, che già si profila all’orizzonte l’inevitabile quesito (di non facile soluzione) se e come plasmare tali principi all’utilizzo dell’intelligenza artificiale nelle attività di diagnostica, interventistica e terapeutica. AI e consenso informato del paziente: quando è possibile, le questioni da risolvere
- July 21, 2022. Shania Kennedy. Health IT Analytics. A new study in JAMA Network Open found that the use of an artificial intelligence (AI)-based tool designed to review videos of small bowel capsule endoscopy (SBCE) resulted in a higher detection rate of small bowel findings and reduced video reading times for SBCE. Artificial Intelligence Improves Endoscopy Detection Rates, Reporting
- July 21, 2022. Shania Kennedy. Health IT Analytics. A new study published in JAMA Network Open assesses an artificial intelligence (AI) tool that can predict the likelihood of patients developing sepsis and the severity of the infection as quickly as 12 hours after hospital admission. AI Tool Can Identify Sepsis Within 12 Hours of Hospital Admission
- July 22, 2022. UN News. An “unprecedented agreement” on the resumption of Ukrainian grain exports via the Black Sea is “a beacon of hope” in a world that desperately needs it, UN Secretary-António Guterres said on Friday at the signing ceremony in Istanbul, Türkiye. Black Sea grain exports deal ‘a beacon of hope’ amid Ukraine war – Guterres
- July 22, 2022. Valdai Discussion Club. Given its neutrality and mediation capabilities ASEAN could lead the creation of a global platform for regional integration arrangements – something that it could pursue on the basis of an R20 (regional 20) format within the G20, writes Valdai Club Programme Director Yaroslav Lissovolik. The Year of ASEAN Centrality
- July 21, 2022. Valdai Discussion Club. The Ukraine conflict will act as a catalyst of a greater engagement in the region, with an increased support to Japan’s historical rearmament and with increased sales of weaponry and military hardware to Taiwan, South Korea and other American-friendly countries located near the PRC’s near abroad, writes Valdai Club expert Emanuel Pietrobon. The Indo-Pacific in the Wake of the Ukraine Conflict: From China’s Continuing Rise to the Anglosphere’s Return
- July 22, 2022. Stephen Grenville, The Interpreter. The rise in US interest rates has revived perennial concerns about emerging economy foreign debt. As rates rise and the US dollar strengthens, the debt burden becomes greater and riskier. In this environment, destabilising capital outflows are more likely. Some fear a repeat of the 2013 “taper tantrum” – a reactionary panic by investors after the US Federal Reserve hinted that it might scale back its asset purchases. It could be much worse for some chronically over-stretched borrowers. Capital flows to emerging economies
- July 20, 2022. John Cotton Richmond, Atlantic Council. Survivors of human trafficking lack the necessary assistance from governments, while offenders continue to operate with impunity. Victim identification is down—but bans on the import of goods made by victims of forced labor are on the rise. Survivor leadership matters, and more countries than ever are listening to victims. Reading between the lines of the world’s top human-trafficking report
- July 21, 2022. Vasuki Shastry and Jeremy Mark, Atlantic Council. A perfect storm of economic forces threatens to swamp developing countries with inflation, rising interest rates, and unsustainable debt. The world isn’t ready for the looming emerging-market debt crisis
- July 21, 2022. Atlantic Council. It’s the new, broiling normal. Europe’s brutal heat wave this week—which notched the highest temperature ever recorded in the United Kingdom at 104 degrees Fahrenheit—has buckled airport runways and fueled scorching wildfires. It’s also racking up a death toll in the thousands. This is the reality of the changing climate—and it will only get worse from here. Even as they work to reduce carbon emissions, how can societies and individuals adapt to this extreme heat? Our climate-resilience experts bring the light rather than the heat. How to beat the extreme heat