Science and technology

BSG Students, Science and technology

Image from a panel discussion at the Blavatnik School of Government. Photo by John Cairns.

Why can’t the government be more like TripAdvisor?

To get a new driver’s license in Jakarta, one has to go to a police administrative office, whose front façade is usually adorned with large banners saying “our commitment is to give prime service” or “we’re not perfect but we always try.” But anyone who has been there knows that […]

by × 18 May 2016 ×

BSG Students, Science and technology

Demonstration
in Hamburg, Germany the day after the attacks in Paris. Photo by Rasande Tyskar on Flickr.

Humanitarian innovation: Lasting solutions to big challenges?

Unprecedented numbers of migrants made their way across the Mediterranean in 2015. While policymakers argue about how best to respond, a bottom up social movement has flourished. From the Refugees Welcome website, dubbed Airbnb for refugees, to coding schools for refugees, innovators are using technology to ease pressures on services. […]

by × 20 November 2015 ×

BSG Students, Science and technology

The MPP students in the Technology group. From left: Ameen Barghi, Mikolaj Firlej, Dorkina Carmell Myrick, Liliana Estrada-Galindo, Joao Francisco Maria, Miguel Enrique Renteria-Rodriguez

Why should politicians and policymakers care about science and technology?

History has shown that technological change is inevitable. Seventy-five years ago, it took hours to decode Enigma. Today, nearly 2 billion people use smartphones to instantly access an endless repository of information. Other revolutionary technologies, such as artificial intelligence, drones, and gene editing, will re-shape the future in ways that […]

BSG Students, Science and technology

Australian wind farm, picture by David Clarke on Flickr

Sound and fury, signifying nothing

On January 21st, 2015 The Australian published an article on the front page of the paper reporting on a ‘groundbreaking study’. This study showed that ‘people living near wind farms face a greater risk of suffering health complaints caused by the low-frequency noise generated by turbines’. The wording of that […]

by × 03 March 2015 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Germany doesn’t need a Ministry for the Internet

Germany doesn’t need a Ministry for the Internet

The fact that Germany is on the verge of Industry 4.0 is now commonplace knowledge, which a serious economic policy paper cannot ignore – regardless of whatever stripe. After the epoch-making inventions of the steam engine, electricity and the computer the fourth industrial revolution is materialising: digitisation. Nevertheless, the political […]

by × 07 January 2014 ×

BSG Students, Science and technology

Doing It Together

Doing It Together

As the dust settles on the international climate change negotiations in Warsaw, I feel a sense of déjà vu. Hunger strikes, a mass walk-out by civil society, and eventually a last minute deal agreed upon by sleep-deprived delegates after 36 hours of non-stop negotiations. This has become an annual ritual. […]

by × 11 December 2013 ×

BSG Faculty, Science and technology

The fight against climate change must link up with the multilateral process

The fight against climate change must link up with the multilateral process

Countries, cities, companies, & civil society can lead the fight against climate change – but they must link up with the multilateral process too Global governance is gridlocked. As the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations makes clear, politicians have every incentive to address narrow, short-term interests, and few reasons […]

by × 29 November 2013 ×

BSG Faculty, Science and technology

Did climate change cause the NSW bushfires? Absolutely no, certainly yes.

Did climate change cause the NSW bushfires? Absolutely no, certainly yes.

The last few days have been an uncomfortable experience for me. I’ve found myself doing something that I hadn’t ever expected to do.

by × 27 October 2013 ×