Governance, cooperation and law

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

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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 […]

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BSG Staff, Governance, cooperation and law

Long exposure in the afternoon of a crowd of blurred people walking along Whitehall towards Trafalgar Square as a police man stands by a motorbike (left). Source: track5 (iStock)

Turning politics inside-out – where do you stand?

Christina is an engaged, capable and professional young woman. She excelled in her university studies and had the pick of employers for her first job. A strong commitment to her community led her to work for her country’s government, where she has progressed rapidly through a set of increasingly challenging […]

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

1 May 2019: Girl in uniform at the Yonggwang subway station, Pyongyang Metro

North Korea’s millenials (aka ‘Jangmadang Generation’ and Generation Z

After finishing her homework and house chores and saying goodnight to her parents, Ha-Young would plug her earbuds into her tablet, and watch the latest Korean drama series underneath her blanket. Upon finishing the series, she would take the USB stick to school and quietly ask her trusted friends if […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Health, welfare and well-being

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Influencing from the inside

At the Blavatnik School of Government students are taught how to critically analyse, develop, and influence public policy. The tools and skills gained by students are universal and the ability to think about policy challenges through economic, philosophical, legal, scientific, and political lenses opens a wide array of professional paths. […]

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

Pro-Leave supporters in front of UK Parliament. Photo: Roman Boed

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 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

MPP student Tobe (middle) with some RAPID and INASP team members at ODI

My summer project: research uptake and evidence-informed policymaking in Nigeria at the Overseas Development Institute

One of my cardinal objectives for applying to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) programme at the Blavatnik School of Government was exploring how to improve communications between think tanks and policymakers in Nigeria. My own experience working with Nigerian think tanks has taught me that, regardless of the rigour […]

by × 10 September 2019 ×