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The Ascent Of Digital Money

by Niall Fergusonvia The Boston Globe
Monday, September 16, 2019

“How would you like to pay for that, sir?” For most of my lifetime, there have been three possible answers to that question: cash, a check, or a plastic card. Go to Beijing, however, and you will see very few payments in those forms. People pay with their phones, using digital payment systems created by the two biggest Chinese tech companies, Alibaba and Tencent.

In the News

Snapchat And "The Vanishing American Adult"

mentioning Peter M. Robinsonvia Media Village
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Sitting for an interview with Peter Robinson on Uncommon Knowledge in 2017, the junior United States Senator from Nebraska, Ben Sasse, discussed his book The Vanishing American Adult.

Analysis and Commentary

Intellectual Property And The Trade Deficit

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Monday, September 9, 2019

"The IP Commission estimates that between $200 billion and $500 billion a year of intellectual property is stolen from the U.S." I found this interesting tidbit in The Atlantic interview of Kevin Hassett, ex CEA chair. (HT Marginal Revolution)

In the News

New York Times Deletes Tweet Downplaying Mao Zedong’s Murder Of 45 Million People

quoting Frank Diköttervia Daily Caller
Monday, September 9, 2019

The New York Times deleted a tweet that downplayed Chinese Dictator Mao Zedong’s mass murder of at least 45 million people on the anniversary of his death Monday.

In the News

China Keeps Booting US Journalists. We Keep Admitting Theirs.

quoting Hoover Institutionvia The Washington Post
Saturday, September 7, 2019

China’s Leaders can amass significant personal fortunes, using family members to conceal the wealth. They want to hide it because in public they must preserve the image of humble, sacrificing members of the Chinese Communist Party, even if they are really profiting nicely from capitalism. Thus, the secret wealth of these pooh-bahs is one of the most sensitive and taboo topics in China today.

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In the News

If Not Snapchat, What? A Guide To Stanford's Non-Tech Fiefdoms

mentioning Hoover Institution, Michael McFaul, Condoleezza Ricevia New York Magazine
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Stanford (as we explored earlier this week) has become as much a tech incubator as a university — a four-year finishing school for the elite of Silicon Valley. But, of course, there are more worlds than the tech industry, and more reasons than “tech wealth” that the university is consistently named the No. 1 “dream college” for both parents and students. Many paths to fame, fortune, and power run through Stanford — here are just a few.

In the News

Spin Wars And Spy Games: Global Media And Intelligence Gathering

featuring Markos Kounalakisvia Commonwealth Club
Monday, September 9, 2019

As most long-standing news outlets have shuttered their foreign bureaus and print operations, the role of Global News Networks (GNNs) as information collectors and policy influencers has changed. Western GNNs are both untethered to government entities and able to produce accurate yet critical situational analyses. But due to the emergence of other GNNs owned or directed by national governments, the global news cycle has become thoroughly manipulatable.

Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution Collection, Box 2, Hoover Institution Archives
In the News

Opinion: The Power Of Informal Networks

quoting Niall Fergusonvia DW Akademie
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

In his latest book, historian Niall Ferguson discusses the way networks influence history. This can help us understand the conflicts in the world today, such as the protests in Hong Kong, says Alexander Görlach.

In the News

U.S. Unleashes Military To Fight Fake News, Disinformation

quoting Andrew Grottovia Bloomberg
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Fake news and social media posts are such a threat to U.S. security that the Defense Department is launching a project to repel “large-scale, automated disinformation attacks,” as the top Republican in Congress blocks efforts to protect the integrity of elections.

In the News

Digital Authoritarianism Is On The Rise In The Middle East

quoting Larry Diamondvia The New Arab
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Months ago, despite clear evidence to the contrary, President Donald Trump claimed that "nobody has directly pointed a finger" at Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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