Foreign Policy - metered paywall - 3 Apr 2018
The party’s massive experiment in ranking and monitoring Chinese citizens through a social credit system designed to promote “trustworthiness” has already started. This article describes how it works. So far, the scheme has been embraced by the communities in which it’s been tested because it only deducts points for breaking the law: it is precise in its punishment and generous in its rewards. Moving forward, it’s hard not to think of an Orwellian world in which high tech monitors everybody’s behaviour (reads in about 10 min).
Published in Weekly selection 13 April 2018
Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 24 Jan 2018
The deceptive use of information for hostile purposes constitutes sharp power. Information warfare always existed but two things are new: the speed and ease with which such disinformation can spread and the low cost of spreading it. Sharp power does little to enhance the soft power of its perpetrators, and in some cases does the opposite. Defending against sharp power is not easy, but openness is key (reads in 7-9 min).
Published in Weekly selection 26 January 2018
Vanity Fair - 21 Dec 2017
Interesting and insightful throughout. On a whirlwind tour around the globe, Trump’s former aide and alter ego reveals what really went on in the White House, his unfettered thoughts on Javanka, his complicated relationship with his erstwhile boss—and his own political ambitions (reads in 8-10 min.)
Published in Weekly selection 23 December 2017