Science and technology

BSG Students, Science and technology

‘A Look at the Issues’: the Blavatnik School students’ podcast on current public policy matters

‘A Look at the Issues’: the Blavatnik School students’ podcast on current public policy matters

When we started our Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and met all the students and staff, we could not help but feel overwhelmed by the diversity, the passion, the compassion and the vision that everyone had. What every single individual who studies and works here […]

by × 28 February 2020 ×

BSG Faculty, Science and technology

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook's Developer Conference in April 2019. Photo: Anthony Quintano

Is Huawei really more dangerous than Facebook?

The United States and some of its allies have acted decisively to exclude the Chinese technology company Huawei from their national markets, yet they continue to ignore the similar threat posed by Facebook and other US digital giants. Democratic governments must now be equally decisive in dealing with this home-grown […]

by × 23 December 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Economic growth and resilience, Science and technology

The future of work in America

The future of work in America

Although the media often depict giant corporations as the engine of the American workforce, the opposite is closer to the truth. Global retail giant Walmart, for example, employs about 1.5 million workers in the US alone – about 1% of America’s workforce. Other major corporations such as Amazon, Home Depot, […]

by × 02 December 2019 ×

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

Abstract crowds of people with virtual reality street display

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

View from above of Amazon cardboard box against yellow background. Source: AdrianHancu (iStock)

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 Students, Governance, cooperation and law, Science and technology

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

North Korea’s millennials (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 ×

Guest contributor, Science and technology

The case for hydrogen as a replacement for fossil fuels

The case for hydrogen as a replacement for fossil fuels

Hydrogen (H2) can play a key role in decarbonising the world economy in the next 15 years, giving a real chance to keep global warming close to the threshold of 2 degrees Celsius. H2 obtained from solar energy can become a major source of heat for households and industry, also […]

by × 10 November 2019 ×

BSG Faculty, Science and technology

Cumbria Lake District Mountains Uk Lake Landscape

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 ×