MIT Technology Review - 14 Aug 2018
How did digital technologies go from empowering citizens and toppling dictators to being used as tools of oppression and discord? This is a must-read to understand how digital technology went from an instrument promoting democracy to a weapon charged to undermine it. It offers a clear, brief review of the different stages of social media; from (1) the euphoria of discovery to (2) the audacity of hope, (3) the illusion of immunity and (4) the power of the platforms. It offers in conclusion a few recommendations to deal with the problem (reads in 8-9 min).
Published in Weekly selection 17 August 2018
Project Syndicate - 2 Aug 2018
There is a lot of food for thought in this rather contrarian short piece. The author of “China’s Crony Capitalism” argues that Xi is now coming under attack and facing the worst summer since he came to power in November 2012. A stream of bad news has left many Chinese, particularly among the elites, feeling disappointed, anxious, angry, helpless, and dissatisfied with their increasingly powerful leader. Xi won’t be overthrown, but the road ahead could well become treacherous (reads in 6-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 4 August 2018
The Atlantic - 9 Jul 2018
This is a must-read at a time when anti-immigrant sentiment and populist politics are sweeping the world. This article shows how Canada – one of the most inclusive countries – has succeeded, for decades, in welcoming immigrants without triggering a massive populist backlash. Most reasons are Canada-specific, but some can be emulated elsewhere (reads in 8-10 min).
Published in Weekly selection 14 July 2018