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BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Office of Naval Research - U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams. Source: Flickr CC

Trump’s Immigration Ban jeopardises scientific collaboration and technological advancement

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Emma Lazarus. The New Colossus. Inscription on the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, United […]

by × 10 February 2017 ×

BSG Students, Science and technology

Tinkoff Bank Mobile banking application. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The role of financial technology in the fight against poverty

Let me begin this blogpost with what I think is a necessary preamble. Having lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past several years, I’m well aware of the problems posed by profit masquerading as purpose.  Tech company after tech company has claimed that their product is going […]

by × 08 February 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Humiliation doesn’t discriminate: the risk of a divided society

Humiliation doesn’t discriminate: the risk of a divided society

The insecurity of globalisation is perhaps becoming overwhelming. There seems to be a strangely pervasive atmosphere of marginalisation and threatened dignity these last weeks, cutting across ideological divides. Yesterday’s contribution to this blog articulated some principles of what we might need to do in response. My intention below, without necessarily […]

by × 03 February 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Donald Trump signs Executive Orders, January 2017. Source: Wikimedia Commons

We must speak out to protect our democracy

“All I have is a voice. To undo the folded lie.” – W.H. Auden Auden wrote that line as part of an extended poem in 1939 during a period of rising upheaval with the onset of World War II.  In the midst of another period of political upheaval in the […]

by × 02 February 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Women's March on Washington, 21 January 2017. Image: Mobilus in Mobili. Source: Flickr CreativeCommons

More than a Women’s March: A movement for representation and justice for all

Friday, 20 January 2017, marked the beginning of a new era in American politics and global history. Thousands gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the inauguration of Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States, and participate in the festivities of the day. Inauguration Day is […]

by × 27 January 2017 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and senior staff applaud in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, as the House passes the health care reform bill, March 21, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Farewell President Obama: A legacy in question?

In a few hours the tradition of a peaceful transition of power that has taken place since John Adams was sworn-in as the second President of the United States will continue. President Obama will awake as the American Commander-in-Chief and when he ends his day his only title will be […]

by × 19 January 2017 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

The leader of NEOS - Das Neue Österreich, Matthias Strolz

Established parties won’t survive in this new political landscape

The publication of my classmate Lukas’ blog post about the role of social-democratic parties in the fight against populist parties and movements caused a lot of discussion among the MPP class, and I felt I wanted to write a response. Although I agree that social-democracy could be an answer to […]

by × 12 January 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Stand Up For Science rally in San Francisco, USA, December 2016. Photo: Peg Hunter. Source: Flickr CC

Facts under attack: science policy in the “post-truth” era

“If we are not serious about facts – what’s true and what’s not – and particularly in an age of social media where so many people are getting information in sound bytes and snippets off their phones… If we can’t discriminate between serious arguments and propaganda, then we have problems.” […]

by × 20 December 2016 ×