Il “comune” è il luogo della relazione. Se la scelta morale è ri-mettere al centro la relazione, è altrettanto necessario operare una scelta culturale: per il “comune”, infatti, serve un pensiero critico, complesso, sistemico, strategico.
I nuovi paradigmi per un progetto di civiltà sono vincolati l’uno all’altro, inter-in-dipendenti. Dire della centralità della relazione significa “relativizzare”, senza umiliarle, le singole parti-in-relazione: è il “comune” che le parti creano a far crescere il “comune” stesso.
Pensare il “comune” non può essere solo lineare. La complessità di ciò che viviamo è tale che il nostro pensiero in essa deve compiere un salto di qualità, diventando realistico. Lo vediamo ogni giorno: l’imprevedibilità appartiene alla nostra vita, i rischi e i condizionamenti sono sempre meno palpabili e sempre più asimmetrici.
Pensare il “comune” ci chiama a un nuovo esercizio culturale, realistico e responsabile. Il passaggio dalla linearità alla complessità avviene nel pensar(ci) relazione e in relazione anziché solo parte. Questo è il principio di un pensiero sistemico.
Altresì, guardando al mondo e in ogni “nostro” mondo, il pensiero antagonista mostra tutti i suoi limiti: è ormai chiaro che il modello competitivo applicato al pensiero, di scontro tra parti, non regge più alla prova della storia. Siamo in una fase storica nella quale dobbiamo pensare “in” ciò che accade, andando nel profondo e scoprendo le inter-in-dipendenze. Nulla è separato dal resto. Questo vale per la megacrisi nella quale siamo immersi, per la impossibilità di guardare con occhi e in tempi diversi alle vicende di politica interna e a quelle di politica internazionale e così via. La profondità del pensiero, la critica, vive nelle com-penetrazioni.
Il “comune” è sistemico. Ogni territorio è un mondo o, per essere più precisi, il mondo è in ogni territorio. Scriviamo di realtà glocali di destino per evidenziare come la nostra esperienza di vita non sia sacrificabile in confini asfissianti ma debba incarnare, in ogni territorio, il respiro globale. Scegliere la “società aperta” significa sia lavorare per società politicamente governate secondo complessità (in termini sistemici locali) sia operare le giuste mediazioni tra gli ambiti locali e le dinamiche/spinte globali (ciò che non si è fatto politicamente negli ultimi trent’anni).
In tal modo, complesso-critico-sistemico, il pensiero per un progetto di civiltà è strategico.
- (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
Worlds: Belarus, Central America, China, China-BRICS, Georgia, India-Afghanistan, Indonesia, Philippines, Russia, Russia-Ukraine, USA, USA-China-Taiwan
Topics: Climate Action & Energy, Cybersecurity, Defense-Intelligence- Military-Security-Space, Digital & Tech, Health & Digital, Global
AROUND THE WORLD
- July 20, 2022. Grigory Ioffe, The Jamestown Foundation. On July 11–12, answering the question of who should speak on behalf of Belarusians became even more confusing (see EDM, July 12). On those days, in Berlin, the 2nd Forum of Democratic Forces in Belarus took place. Headed by Valery Tsepkalo, a 2020 presidential hopeful, and his wife Veronica, the gathering was largely focused on Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who is widely recognized as the Belarusian opposition’s primary leader (Deutsche Welle, July 12). Belarusian Opposition: Feuds Abroad, Harsh Treatment at Home
- July 20, 2022. Ryan C. Berg, Matthew Carusi, CSIS. Perhaps no other country was better positioned to benefit economically from the geopolitics of the last few years than Mexico. The Covid-19 pandemic, followed by the outbreak of war in Europe, has significantly hobbled supply chains and sent shockwaves through the global economy. The golden age of globalization, where economic efficiency trumped most other concerns, has given way to the need to secure supply chains and ensure timely delivery of critical products. Geopolitical considerations are pushing a realignment of the global investment landscape, with legislation before U.S. Congress potentially facilitating further movement in that direction. In other words, the future trajectory of supply chains looks less global and more regional. In fact, regional trade agreements establish the frameworks and rules for more than half the world’s trade. Prioritizing Nearshoring by Leveraging Special Economic Zones in Central America
- July 21, 2022. Minquan Liu, Yuming Cui, East Asia Forum. As the largest goods trading nation and the second-largest economy in the world, it is not surprising that China’s recent trade policy moves have sparked debate. As a primary supplier of many traded goods, China holds even more impact on world price stability as Russia’s war in Ukraine continues to threaten international energy prices and food security. Zooming out on China’s trade policy
China – BRICS
- July 21, 2022. Antara Ghosal Singh, ORF. China’s purpose to expand BRICS is to promote its agenda and grand strategy more forcefully through the BRICS mechanism and stage and diplomatically ease the containment of the US. Why China wants to expand BRICS
- July 20, 2022. Giorgi Menabde, The Jamestown Foundation. In a social media post on July 5, Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili admitted that “the public is still waiting for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.” She was referring to the events that took place one year ago, on July 5, 2021, when pro-Russian, far-right mobs led an assault on 50 journalists, forcing the cancellation of an LGBTQ pride parade on Tbilisi’s central Rustaveli Avenue. President Zurabishvili continued, “The reality is pro-Russian, violent, homophobic and aggressive groups grew stronger during this period. They became stronger throughout the country, with 20 percent of the territory being occupied by Russia, and that is completely unacceptable” (Facebook.com/Zourabichvilisalome, July 5; Radiotavisupleba.ge, July 5). Georgian President Calls for Bans on Pro-Russian Parties and Violent Groups
India – Afghanistan
- July 21, 2022. Manoj Joshi, ORF. Despite being knocked off its feet by the collapse of the Ghani government of Afghanistan in mid-August 2021, New Delhi has quickly re-established its presence in the new Taliban-led Afghanistan. India’s cautious return to Afghanistan
- July 21, 2022. HRW. Most of Indonesia’s provinces and dozens of cities and regencies impose discriminatory and abusive dress codes on women and girls, Human Rights Watch said today. The harmful impact of these regulations is evident in the personal accounts of Indonesian women – as schoolgirls, teachers, doctors, and the like – collected below. Indonesian Women Speak Out on Dress Codes
- July 21, 2022. Cherry Hitkari, The Interpreter. When Ferdinand Marcos Jr (aka Bongbong Marcos) won the Philippines presidency in May, his victory was quickly read to be a highly favourable development for China. But several factors obstruct close ties. Bongbong Marcos tries the balancing act with Beijing and Washington
- July 20, 2022. Sergey Sukhankin, The Jamestown Foundation. On July 14, both Western (Euractiv.com, July 13) and Russian (Rbc.ru, July 14) sources reported that the European Union’s seventh sanctions package will put an embargo on Russian gold imports. If this happens, the EU will join the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan, which each already banned Russian gold imports some time ago (Interfax.ru, June 28). While Russian officials have attempted to ridicule the EU`s gold-related package, arguing that previous experience with anti-Russian sanctions has only led to EU citizens’ lives becoming more difficult, this rhetoric appears to be more unsubstantiated bravado, than based in fact (Rbc.ru, June 21). That said, Russia`s gold industry (and precious metals in general)—in the case that these sanctions are implemented in full—may indeed be entering a period of serious turbulence. Will Western Sanctions Drown Russia’s Gold Industry?
Russia – Ukraine
- July 21, 2022. HRW. Russian and Ukrainian forces have put civilians in Ukraine at unnecessary risk by basing their forces in populated areas without removing residents to safer areas, Human Rights Watch said today. International humanitarian law – the laws of war – obligates parties to the conflict to take all feasible precautions to protect civilians and civilian structures under their control from the effect of attacks. Russian, Ukrainian Bases Endangering Civilians
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- July 20, 2022. Patrick Tucker, Jacqueline Feldscher, Defense One. Ukraine may get Western fighter jets and pilot training to aid in its conflict with Russia, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., said, but he doesn’t know precisely what kind of fighter jets they would be. Air Force Chief Hints Western Fighter Jets Could Go to Ukraine
- July 21, 2022. Ian Hill, The Interpreter. Five months into Moscow’s “special military operation”, Russian and Ukrainian forces are locked in a grinding war of attrition. Russian forces are making progress, fighting to take full control of the Donbas, but only slowly and unevenly in the face of dogged Ukrainian resistance. Yet in any protracted conflict, what’s important is comparative force resilience and sustainment, as much as territory won or lost. Winter is coming: staying the course on Ukraine
- July 20, 2022. Karolina Hird, George Barros, Grace Mappes, and Frederick W. Kagan, ISW. The current Russian offensive may secure limited additional territorial gains in Donbas northeast of the E40 highway but will likely culminate before seizing major populated areas such as Slovyansk or Bakhmut.Russian forces have not made significant advances towards Slovyansk or along the Siversk-Bakhmut salient in the past few weeks and are continuing to degrade their own offensive combat power in localized fights for small and relatively unimportant settlements throughout Donetsk Oblast. Russian troops have notably been attempting to take Siversk since the capture of Lysychansk and the Luhansk Oblast border on July 3 and have still not reached the city as of July 20. Similarly, Russian troops have failed to launch direct assaults on Bakhmut and have largely impaled themselves on fights for small settlements to its east and south. Efforts to advance on Slovyansk have mostly ground to a halt and have made no meaningful gains for weeks. The renewal of active ground offensives following the brief operational pause has not yet translated into meaningful Russian forward progress, although it is possible that either steady Russian pressure or the completion of Russian efforts to rebuild combat power could generate limited gains in the coming days or weeks. Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, July 20
- July 21, 2022. Akanksha Khullar, ORF. The recent decision of the US Supreme Court with respect to the abortion rights of women has led critics to call for reconsideration. Roe vs Wade Judgement overturned: A setback for women and the American democracy
- July 21, 2022. Margaret Wurth, HRW. This week, 46 members of the United States House of Representatives urged Labor Secretary Marty Walsh to issue new regulations to protect child farmworkers. 46 Congressmembers Urge US to Protect Child Farmworkers
- July 20, 2022. Regina Seo, Oluwasekemi Odumosu, Anthony Barr, and Andre M. Perry, Brookings. According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) monthly jobs report, the U.S. economy added 372,000 jobs in June, while the unemployment rate remained unchanged from May, at 3.6%. Yet Black unemployment remains almost double the national rate (5.8%), and there are still 5.7 million people who are not in the labor force but who currently want a job, suggesting that the recovery has not fully pulled in workers at the margins. June’s jobs report shows warning signs for workers of color
- July 20, 2022. Paul C. Light, Brookings. Americans head into the 2022 campaign season with record-setting doubts about the federal government’s faithful execution of the laws. Public demand for “very major” government reform is at a twenty-year high, while confidence in government to do the right thing has dropped to a historic low, the thickening of government with needless management layers has continued unabated, and support for government careers has slipped below 40%. Absent large-scale repairs to renew and repair the federal government’s sprawling bureaucracy, Americans have good reason to ask whether the government can deliver on the promises it makes. What Americans still want from government reform—a midsummer update
USA – China – Taiwan
- July 2022. Ryan Hass, Brookings. Tensions in the Taiwan Strait are spiraling and have been since before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Communication channels for managing tensions have collapsed. Each of the main players — China, Taiwan, and the United States — believe it is acting prudently to protect its interests in the face of escalatory actions from the other side of the Strait. Officials and analysts increasingly are competing to forecast when conflict could break out, not whether it will occur. An American perspective on the role of Taiwan in US-China relations
Climate Action & Energy
- July 21, 2022. Promit Mookherjee, ORF. Air pollution remains one of the biggest threats to India’s environment and is a serious impediment to economic development. A Lancet study estimated that air pollution in India accounted for 1.7 million premature deaths in 2019, which is nothing less than 17.8 percent of the total deaths recorded in the country that year. Both ambient particulate matter (PM) pollution and household air pollution contributed significantly to these deaths. The same study estimated that economic losses from premature deaths and morbidity amount to US$ 37 billion annually or 1.36 percent of India’s GDP. India’s Air Pollution Challenge: Translating Policies into Effective Action
- July 20, 2022. William Reinsch, Elizabeth Duncan, CSIS. As the EU carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) makes its way through the legislative process in Brussels (part of the European Union’s hallmark Fit for 55 package), the United States has also introduced its version of a carbon border adjustment. In early June, U.S. senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced the Clean Competition Act (CCA). This legislation follows an earlier version introduced in July 2021 and would establish a carbon border adjustment as a U.S. trade tool to incentivize deeper decarbonization among foreign producers while protecting U.S. firms. The bill is cosponsored by Democratic senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM). Although Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) has indicated that the legislation could gain some bipartisan interest, that is unlikely to occur if the package includes a domestic carbon price. Trade Tools for Climate: Transatlantic Carbon Border Adjustments
- July 21, 2022. Patrick Tucker, Defense One. Experts believe quantum computing may render some of the core cybersecurity algorithms at the heart of many modern-day digital experiences—from accessing money via an ATM to sending secure messages—obsolete. A new bipartisan bill pushes the U.S. government to prepare more quickly for that eventuality. Senators Take Aim At Future Quantum-Enabled Hacking With New Bill
- July 21, 2022. Chris Riotta, Defense One. The House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2023 last Friday after members filed over 1,200 amendments to the bill, including a variety of technology and cybersecurity issues impacting the federal government. Cyber Looms Large in House NDAA
- July 21, 2022. Lt. Col. (res.) David Siman-Tov, Maj. Gen. (res.) Tamir Hayman, Amos Hervitz, INSS. In advance of the forthcoming Knesset elections, there are heightened efforts to obstruct foreign interference. Yet while most preventive activity focuses on technological attacks on the voting process and information systems relevant to the campaign, the efforts to grapple with malign influence on internal political discourse through the spread of fake news, verbal incitement, and more are insufficient. What should Israel do to confront the threat in the most effective fashion? Cyber Challenges and Foreign Influence in the Upcoming Knesset Elections
- July 21, 2022. Stacey Gray, Lawfare. After decades of negotiations, federal efforts toward a comprehensive data privacy law progressed significantly this week with the House Energy and Commerce Committee approving the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (H.R. 8152) (ADPPA). Although many proposals have been introduced in recent years, the ADPPA represents the first bipartisan, bicameral compromise on a federal privacy law that practitioners and advocates agree is long overdue. Despite strong sectoral privacy laws, the United States does not yet have a comprehensive privacy law that would create safeguards for personal information collected by general data-driven products and services. The Bipartisan House Privacy Bill Would Surpass State Protections
- July 21, 2022. Ian Levy, Crispin Robinson, Lawfare. As the number of economies and lives that have moved online increases, so does the collective reliance on the plethora of global social media and communication services, and with that reliance comes certain privacy and security expectations from users. That reliance also engenders an expectation of user safety. As with any technology, these services are abused by malfeasants to cause harm to others—from cyber bullying to state-sponsored disinformation, from ransomware to online child sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse is a societal problem that was not created by the internet, and combating it requires an all-of-society response. However, online activity uniquely allows offenders to scale their activities but also enables entirely new online-only harms, the effects of which are just as catastrophic for the victims. Is It Possible to Reconcile Encryption and Child Safety?
- July 21, 2022. Phil Muncaster, Info Security. Security researchers have uncovered two separate Magecart campaigns which targeted online ordering platforms to exfiltrate card details from at least 311 US restaurants. Tens of thousands of card details swiped from online users
- July 21, 2022. Phil Muncaster, Info Security.
- July 20, 2022. Kate O’Flaherty, Info Security. Unpatched flaws in popular GPS devices could allow attackers to disrupt and track vehicles, security researchers have warned. Security company BitSight described six ‘severe’ vulnerabilities in the MiCODUS MV720 GPS tracker, a popular device designed for vehicle fleet management and theft protection. Unpatched Flaws in Popular GPS Devices Allow Adversaries to Disrupt and Track Vehicles
- July 20, 2022. Edward Graham, Nextgov. As misinformation around the 2020 elections continues to swirl, state election officials say that DHS and CISA should do more to raise up ‘successes’ around efforts to mitigate vulnerabilities in voting systems. Election Officials Want to Tell the Public ‘Where the Good Guys Won’ in Cyber Efforts
- July 20, 2022. Lauren C. Williams, Defense One. The White House is reviewing a key cyber operations policy in hopes of refining it to make sure offensive cyber capabilities are used appropriately and are ready when needed, according to a top cyber official. The Biden Administration Wants To Standardize How the U.S. Conducts Cyber Operations
Defense, Intelligence, Military, Security, Space
- July 21, 2022. Naval News. The Royal Navy is moving a step closer to operating crewless helicopters. The UK MoD has awarded a £60 million contract to Leonardo to design and develop a cutting-edge uncrewed helicopter. Leonardo Wins Contract to Develop VTOL UAV for Royal Navy
- July 21, 2022. Peter Ong. Naval News. 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. U.S. Navy Offers Comments on UCAVs
- July 21, 2022. Andrew Eversden, Breaking Defense. As the conflict in Ukraine demonstrated the lethal effectiveness of loitering munitions, the makers of the modern weapons said they’re responding to global demand by working to improve their products into more capable and increasingly survivable systems to stay ahead in the market. ‘Bigger, faster, longer’: As market grows, loitering drone makers eye next evolution
- July 21, 2022. Justin Katz, Breaking Defense. Eastern Shipbuilding Group is formally protesting a Coast Guard shipbuilding contract potentially worth billions that was awarded late last month to Austal USA, in part due to what ESG claims was an “unfair competitive advantage and conflict” among other issues. Eastern Shipbuilding protesting Austal’s cutter win, cites ‘unfair competitive advantage’
- July 21, 2022. Arie Egozi, Breaking Defense. Russia’s purported request for hundreds of Iranian drones to aid its fight in Ukraine has prompted some concern in the Israel defense establishment, which relies on Moscow’s acquiescence to strike Iranian weapons shipments in Syria, including UAV-related targets. After Russia’s purported request for Iranian drones, Israel frets over Syria strikes
- July 21, 2022. Vivienne Machi, Defense News. The Franco-German-Spanish Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program remains in a monthslong standoff that risks pushing back the first flight of its signature fighter, a senior industry official said Wednesday. Dassault chief confirms fighter prototype delay amid workshare dispute
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- July 21, 2022. Sam Cranny-Evans, RUSI. The available evidence indicates that small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) play a significant role in shaping a battlespace, but the British Army is not prepared to deal with the threat. As Small Drones Shape How We Fight, is the British Army Ready to Face Them?
- July 21, 2022. Raffaello Pantucci, RUSI. A recent report indicates some worrying trends in extreme right-wing terrorism in the UK, but also highlights how the threat can sometimes be a product of its response. Extreme Right-Wing Terrorism in the UK: How Concerned Should We Be?
- July 21, 2022. Naval News. The steel cutting ceremony of the second Logistic Support Ship (LSS) for the Italian Navy, within a program including the option for a third ship, took place 20 July at the Castellammare di Stabia shipyard, where the LSS will be entirely built and delivered in 2025. Fincantieri Cuts Steel of Second LSS for Italian Navy
- July 21, 2022. Naval News. Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet successfully completed operational demonstration tests at Indian Naval Station Hansa in Goa, India, reinforcing the Super Hornet’s ability to effectively and safety operate off Indian Navy carriers. F/A-18 Super Hornet Completes Operational Demo in India
- July 20, 2022. Ari Cicurel and Henry Obering, Breaking Defense. Tectonic strategic shifts may be taking place in the Middle East, but President Joe Biden’s trip to Israel included a demo of a futuristic tactical shift: using lasers to zap airborne threats from the sky. Israel has raced ahead on the tech and is eager to get US buy-in. In the op-ed below, former US Missile Defense Agency Director Henry Obering, who advises Booz Allen on directed energy, says the US should take Israel up on the offer to better protect US interests in the region. US should draw in Israel, regional players for directed energy development
- July 21, 2022. Daehan Lee, Defense News. South Korea will buy 20 more F-35A fighter jets from the United States, as a part of its F-X project focused on acquiring foreign stealth fighter jets from 2023 to 2028. South Korea to buy 20 more F-35s
- July 21, 2022. Andrew Chuter, Defense News. Laser technology’s ability to play a growing role in the military drone sector made a showing at the Farnborough Airshow this week. Contractors look to lasers for unmanned systems
- July 20, 2022. Zamone Perez, Defense News. The U.S. and Dutch militaries signed an agreement Wednesday in the Netherlands to work together on future vertical lift programs, according to a statement from the U.S. Army. US and Netherlands agree to share helicopter developments
- July 20, 2022. Courtney Albon, Defense News. The Norwegian Ministry of Defence confirmed this week it will buy Raytheon Technologies’ StormBreaker smart bomb from the U.S. Air Force. Norway to buy Raytheon’s Stormbreaker smart bomb for F-35 fleet
- July 20, 2022. Bradley Bowman, Ryan Brobst, Jack Sullivan, and John Hardie, Defense News. In the two weeks since ambassadors from all NATO member states signed the accession protocols for Finland and Sweden to join the alliance, approximately half of the member countries have now ratified the decision. But as countries such as Hungary, Turkey, and the United States still have yet to ratify, it is worth taking stock of how the alliance would benefit from adding the two Nordic countries. Finland and Sweden in NATO are strategic assets, not liabilities
- July 20, 2022. Courtney Albon, Defense News. Commercial aerospace companies say the technology they’re developing to help meet a U.K. mandate on net zero emissions by 2050 could have positive implications for the U.S. defense industry. UK aviation sustainability mandates could bolster US defense sector
- July 20, 2022. Caitlin M. Kenney, Defense One. Sailing off the coast of Oahu, South Korean Navy Rear Adm. Sangmin Ahn commands Combined Task Force 176, the first Korean naval officer to lead an expeditionary strike group during the enormous Rim of the Pacific exercise known as RIMPAC. At Reborn RIMPAC, A Clear Mission: Deter China, Defend Taiwan
- July 20, 2022. Elizabeh Howe, Defense One. The Army is relaxing more policies and reintroducing old incentives as part of its continued efforts to increase recruiting in what the Army secretary and Army chief of staff described as the “most challenging recruiting environment since the All-Volunteer Force was established in 1973” in a memo released Wednesday. Army Outlines Plan to Overcome ‘Most Challenging’ Recruiting Era Since 1973
- July 20, 2022. Marcus Weisgerber, Defense One. The war in Ukraine could alter the Pentagon’s future weapons buying plans, as military leaders look to better protect large, expensive equipment, the head of America’s second largest defense company said. War in Ukraine Could Change the Types of Weapons the Pentagon Wants, Raytheon CEO Says
- July 20, 2022. Patrick Tucker, Defense One. A new type of satellite—capable of moving itself in low-Earth orbit by adjusting the direction of its solar panels and then riding the (very) low amount of atmosphere at that altitude—is showing how the military may be able to achieve some of its ambitions in space despite physics limitations that have proved difficult to overcome. Military-Funded Program Produces A Self-Propelling Mesh Network In Space
- July 20, 2022. Bradley Peniston, Defense One. There’s nothing but a pair of joysticks and a sensor-stuffed helmet in the Tempest cockpit mockup that BAE Systems displayed this week at the Farnborough Air Show: nary a gauge, dial, or switch in sight. It’s hardly the final form of the UK’s next-gen fighter jet, slated to fly in five years; instead, it’s emblematic of a clean-sheet rethinking and a dedication to augmented reality as the primary pilot-plane interface. Tempest Tabula Rasa: UK’s Next-Gen Fighter Cockpit Has No Instruments, Yet
- July 20, 2022. Tara Copp, Defense One. The Czech Republic plans to purchase 24 F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters to replace their current fleet of 14 Gripen fighter jets, the defense ministry announced Wednesday, in the latest move by Prague to rapidly move toward NATO-standard weapons in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Czech Republic To Buy 24 F-35s Amid Russia’s War on Ukraine, Ministry Says
- July 21, 2022. Marcus Hellyer and Andrew Nicholls, The Strategist. In a previous piece, we examined the broad schedule of Australia’s capability transition from conventional submarines to nuclear-powered submarines (SSNs). In planning the transition, we shouldn’t just be focusing on the point when the first SSN enters service, which appears to be around 2040 at the earliest, based on statements from the government. There are later, equally significant milestones, such as when Australia will have a viable SSN capability (likely requiring three or four boats), when the Collins-class submarines can be retired and when the final SSN enters service. Those things will occur in the late 2040s, 2050s or even 2060s. The key point is that we need to manage the capability risk across the entire transition. How to bridge the capability gap in Australia’s transition to nuclear-powered submarines
- July 21, 2022. Tom Corben, The Strategist. Washington was the last of the Quad capitals that Richard Marles visited in his opening diplomatic salvo as Australia’s deputy prime minister and defence minister. But, as far as defence matters are concerned, the agenda that he took to Washington was arguably the most ambitious and complex of all. Marles’s focus for the US–Australia alliance: integrate, integrate, integrate
- July 21, 2022. Thomas Wilkins, The Strategist. As Canberra moves into ever-closer alignment with Tokyo through their ‘special strategic partnership’, it’s timely to examine exactly what the security strategy of our key partner now looks like, and identify ways in which we can mutually support one another across a range of activities aimed at responding to regional challenges and upholding the rules-based international order. What Japan’s security strategy means for Australia
- July 20, 2022. Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., Victor Cha and Jennifer Jun, CSIS. In the four months since Kim Jong-un’s March 2022 inspection of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station and the public announcement of a modernization and development project, the first stages of construction are now actively being pursued.
Digital & Tech
- July 21, 2022. Annie Njanja, TechCrunch. Rights groups are calling on Meta to halt attempts to silence Daniel Motaung, a South African content moderator and whistleblower that is suing it alongside Sama, its main subcontractor for content moderation in Africa, in Kenya over claims of union busting and exploitation. Rights groups tell Meta to stop efforts to gag whistleblower
- July 21, 2022. Ingrid Lunden, TechCrunch. 15Five — an early mover in the world of building technology to help motivate teams, and to improve performance management for execs overseeing those teams — has raised $52 million in a round of growth funding that it will be using to expand its own performance. 15Five, a pioneer in talent management HR tech, raises $52M to boost its own performance
- July 21, 2022. Kyle Wiggers, TechCrunch. In the software industry, observability tools provide businesses insights on the health of their production apps. At best, observability tools can flag when apps are performing under par and help identify the root causes of issues. But rarely is it this simple. According to a recent survey conducted by Splunk, 86% of developers see difficulties related to tech as a challenge to observability adoption. In the poll, they cited inadequate legacy tools, a lack of platform options and fragmentation (i.e., too many tools) as the top blockers, as well as concerns about open source tools. Observability startup Better Stack lands $18.86M in new cash
- July 21, 2022. Paul Sawers, TechCrunch. Just Eat Takeaway is cutting 390 jobs from its workforce in France, constituting part of a broader global restructuring effort as the food delivery giant looks to reverse its recent downturn. Just Eat Takeaway scales back in France as market value drops 84% in 10 months
- July 21, 2022. Ingrid Lunden, TechCrunch. RPA, and companies like UiPath, swooped into on the world of work a few years ago as a catchy way for organizations to help teams automate and speed up repetitive business activities such as processing information on forms. Today, a company called TextExpander — which has has identified and built a way to fix a similar gap in another repetitive aspect of business life, communications, by letting users create customized shortcuts to trigger longer text-based actions such as specific phrasing around a topic, calendar events, emails, messages, CRM systems and many other environments — is announcing $41.4 million in funding to expand something else: its business. TextExpander, which lets users build shortcuts to speed up business communications, raises $41.4M, its first-ever funding
- July 21, 2022. Kyle Wiggers, TechCrunch. Factors like latency, bandwidth, security and privacy are driving the adoption of edge computing, which aims to process data closer to where it’s being generated. Consider a temperature sensor in a shipyard or a fleet of cameras in a fulfillment center. Normally, the data from them might have to be relayed to a server for analysis. But with an edge computing setup, the data can be processed on-site, eliminating cloud computing costs and enabling processing at greater speeds and volumes (in theory). Zededa lands a cash infusion to expand its edge device management software
- July 21, 2022. Manish Singh, TechCrunch. Karti Chidambaram, an Indian lawmaker, has called for an investigation into the finances of Byju’s, the country’s most valuable startup, for not submitting its statements for the financial year that ended in March 2021, which he alleged violates a local law, and other “loopholes.”. Indian lawmaker calls for investigation into edtech giant Byju’s finances
- July 21, 2022. Annie Njanja, TechCrunch. After spending years in London, matching Kenyans in the diaspora with investment opportunities back home, and later on as a credit portfolio manager at Barclays bank, Njeri Muhia sought a greater challenge within Africa. Kenyan VC firm FrontEnd Ventures unveils fund to back local founders
- July 20, 2022. Mariam Baksh, Nextgov. With letters of inquiry out probing the nation’s top mobile internet providers’ privacy practices, the head of the Federal Communications Commission is flexing its powers just as members of Congress look to terminate them via the American Data Privacy and Protection Act. FCC Chief Highlights Enforcement Activity as Lawmakers Advance Privacy Legislation
- July 20, 2022. Rebecca Wexler, Brookings. Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee. My name is Rebecca Wexler and I am a Faculty Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology and an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. I am honored to have been invited to testify today about how law enforcement collection of data through private intermediaries can conceal evidence of innocence by circumventing criminal defense discovery rights. Digital dragnets: Examining the government’s access to your personal data
Health & Digital
- July 21, 2022. Ingrid Lunden, TechCrunch. Amazon’s interest in healthcare and being a major player in that industry is taking one big step forward today. The company has just announced that it intends to buy One Medical, a primary care provider that leverages in-person, digital and virtual interactions in its services. One Medical went public in 2020 and Amazon said it will be paying $18/share for the company, working out to an enterprise value of $3.9 billion. Amazon is buying primary care tech provider One Medical for $3.9B
- July 20, 2022. Shania Kennedy, Health IT Analytics. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has announced a partnership with research intelligence company Epistemic AI and the Boomer Esiason Foundation (BEF), which will enable the Cincinnati Children’s Division of Pulmonary Medicine to accelerate clinical research in cystic fibrosis and respiratory disease through the implementation of artificial intelligence (AI). AI Collaboration Launches to Support Cystic Fibrosis, Respiratory Research
- July 21, 2022. Anne-Marie Slaughter and Ian Shapiro, Project-Syndicate. In the wake of the Cold War, as globalisation gathered speed, commentator Thomas Friedman observed that no two countries with a McDonald’s franchise had ever gone to war with each other. This led him to what he called the ‘golden arches theory of conflict prevention’: when a country reaches a certain level of economic development—one where the middle class is big enough to support a McDonald’s—its people lose interest in fighting wars. The key to peace, the logic went, may well lie in economic development and interconnectedness. The golden arches go to war
- July 20, 2022. Gaurav Nayyar, Mary Hallward-Driemeier, and Elwyn Davies, Brookings. The process of structural transformation in now-industrialized economies was typically linear—first moving from agriculture to manufacturing, and later from manufacturing to modern, knowledge-intensive professional services. But growth in less industrialized countries over the past three decades has not conformed to this pattern. “Modern” services have provided productive growth opportunities in “traditional” economies, i.e., those without a large manufacturing base—either through serving final demand abroad or leveraging domestic demand from sectors other than manufacturing. These opportunities, in turn, have contributed to job creation. The promise of modern services in traditional economies