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Governing technological disruption: policy and regulation for a digital age

In 2018, Uganda passed a daily ‘social media tax’ of 200 Ugandan shillings (around US$0.05) for several internet applications, including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. Policymakers hoped the measure would increase revenue. It backfired: after the introduction of the tax, use of online platforms and tax revenues from these services plummeted […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law, Science and technology

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Why governments fear regulating technology companies

Any item you can think of delivered to your home in a matter of hours and at a low price; rides taking you from one side of the city to the other quickly and conveniently; staying connected to your friends and family, seeing their every update with the swipe of […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Eleven years to save the planet? The closing political window for climate mitigation

Eleven years to save the planet? The closing political window for climate mitigation

“Eleven years to save the world” reads a common sign at the global Fridays for Future climate strikes. Millions of people in over 100 countries, many of them too young to vote, have taken to the streets to demand governments radically increase efforts to fight climate change over the next […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

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Britain’s post-Brexit choices

Huge amounts of time, effort, and frustration have gone into negotiating the terms of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. And with the UK set to hold a crucial parliamentary election on December 12, it still is not clear whether, when, and how Brexit will happen. But assuming […]

by × 05 November 2019 ×

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Anti-Trump protester in London in 2018. Photo by Alisdare Hickson. Source: Flickr.

Democracies in danger

By abruptly revoking the special, constitutionally protected status of Jammu and Kashmir, India has become the latest major democracy to act against a minority community for short-term political popularity. Kashmir will henceforth be ruled more directly from the government in New Delhi, and Hindu nationalists are thrilled. Carefully maintained constitutional […]

by × 21 August 2019 ×

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Can the UK rise to the global leadership challenge on climate?

Although final approval is needed, the UN will likely tap the UK to host next year’s critical climate summit. COP26, as the conference is called, will be the first test of countries’ appetite to raise their climate pledges under the historic Paris Agreement adopted in 2015. With success far from […]

by × 10 July 2019 ×

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Can multilateralism survive the Sino-American rivalry?

The strategic rivalry between the United States and China poses a sharp challenge to international organisations, which are now at risk of becoming mere pawns of either power. Whether multilateral institutions can retain a role in facilitating desperately needed international cooperation remains to be seen. The Sino-American conflict is already […]

by × 09 July 2019 ×

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Protesting in the digital age

Elections and referenda are just two ways for people to have a say in how they are governed. Protesting is another, which is why rights of assembly and free speech are protected in most democracies. And in many democracies nowadays, those rights are being used to the fullest. Climate activists […]

by × 30 April 2019 ×