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Technologies and religions at the risk of paradoxes (by Marco Emanuele)

Paradoxes generate risks. If we are in a global and globalized society (very different adjectives in terms of meaning), logic would like everyone to share openness as an essential condition. Open societies should prevail. Well, that’s not the case. We live the paradox of a world in flames (not only from an environmental point of […]

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Cities/Technologies/Climate Change. Are Energy Clocks the Smart Way to Make Cities Cleaner? (Tony Blair Institute for Global Change)

Olamide Oguntoye Cities trying to go cleaner by cutting emissions often find smart technologies –despite their huge potential benefits – challenging to implement and manage. At the heart of the challenge lies the need to develop holistic data solutions to support smart technologies. Energy clocks present an opportunity to address the gap. Energy clocks are […]

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Productivity Growth/Technologies – How to solve the puzzle of missing productivity growth (Brookings)

Erik Brynjolfsson, Seth G. Benzell, and Daniel Rock Despite the economic damage wrought by the novel coronavirus over the past year, an analysis published by The Economist in December 2020 argues that the COVID-19 pandemic may have made a boom in productivity more likely to happen because “new technologies are clearly able to do more than has generally been […]

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(Innovation/Technology) Fear and loathing of cryptocurrencies (ORF)

SHASHIDHAR K.J., SRINATH SRIDHARAN Governments must realise that cryptocurrencies were created as a reaction to neoliberal policies and wholly strive to understand how the state can build better outcomes for citizens. https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/fear-loathing-cryptocurrencies/

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(Technologies) Robot census: Gathering data to improve policymaking on new technologies (Brookings)

Robert Seamans

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SOUTHEAST ASIA – Retooling Democratic Good Governance (Coby Goldberg and Kristine Lee, CNAS)

Online and offline, illiberal governance technologies are proliferating across Southeast Asia. From the strained democracies of Indonesia and the Philippines to the one-party electoral state of Singapore and the military-ruled kingdom of Thailand, Southeast Asian governments are harnessing emerging technologies to more effectively surveil and control their populations. As Chinese technology companies emerge as dominant […]