Post Tagged with: "technology"

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Whatsapp screen. Image by Sam Azgor. Source: Flickr CC

Governance in the time of Whatsapp

Early this year, Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi suspended a government officer in Puducherry, one of the six Union Territories of India, for sending an obscene video in a WhatsApp group dedicated to improving the administration, of which she and other senior bureaucrats were members. Soon the Chief Minister banned the […]

by × 06 March 2017 ×

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, Science and technology

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the campaign in 2016. Source; Wikimedia.

Three ways in which technology is shaping the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign

The 2016 U.S. presidential election is the most technologically advanced election in history. Both candidates have different strategies and different styles, and they are leveraging different kinds of tools but one is similar: both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump recognise the substantial impact of technology on their race to the […]

by × 25 October 2016 ×

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 […]