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Analysis and Commentary

China’s Privileging Of “Mr. Science” Over “Mr. Democracy”

by Michael R. Auslinvia Law & Liberty
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

For decades, the voices of dissident Chinese, like human rights lawyer and activist Teng Biao, were occasionally heard and never listened to by the larger world. Some, like Wei Jingsheng, author of the famous “Fifth Modernization” essay during the Democracy Wall movement in 1978, or Wang Dan, student leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy protests, became minor celebrities in the world of human rights and democracy promotion. Yet even the most prominent among them failed to change in any material way the world’s policies towards China. 

Interviews

Darrell Duffie: Facebook Announces Plans For Libra, Its Own Cryptocurrency

interview with Darrell Duffievia WESM 91.3 FM
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Darrell Duffie discusses Libra, Facebook's new crypto-currency.

Analysis and Commentary

A Method For Establishing Liability For Data Breaches

by Herbert Linvia Lawfare
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Last month, the First American Financial Corporation—which provides title insurance for millions of Americans—acknowledged a cybersecurity vulnerability that potentially exposed 885 million private financial records related to mortgage deals to unauthorized viewers. These records might have revealed bank account numbers and statements, mortgage and tax records, Social Security numbers, wire transaction receipts, and driver’s license images to such viewers. If history is any guide, not much will happen and companies holding sensitive personal information on individuals will have little incentive to improve their cybersecurity postures. Congress needs to act to provide such incentives.

Analysis and Commentary

Sorry, Banning Plastic Bags Won’t Save Our Planet

by Bjorn Lomborgvia The Globe and Mail
Monday, June 17, 2019

Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a plan to reduce plastic pollution, which will include a ban on single-use plastics as early as 2021. This is laudable: plastics clog drains and cause floods, litter nature and kill animals and birds.

In the News

Rep. Davis Endorses Green New Deal At Forum

quoting Commander David Slaytonvia San Diego Jewish World
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) surprised and mollified a restive crowd of environmentalists Saturday when she announced that when she returns to Washington for Tuesday’s congressional session she will “be signing onto the Green New Deal.”

In the News

Forest Service Chief Pushes For Change In Fire Prevention

quoting Alice Hillvia WVTF
Friday, June 14, 2019

Wildfires are starting to light up California and other parts of the West again. Vegetation from a very wet winter is drying out. And so the chief of the U.S. Forest Service is warning of another catastrophic fire season. And she's pushing to change how the country gets ready for and fights wildfires. NPR's Kirk Siegler has the story.

In the News

News Industry Hopes To Leverage Tech Antitrust Crisis For Financial Gain

quoting Jamil Jaffervia Townhall
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A hearing begins today on Capitol Hill, led by Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline who chairs the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, to examine the effect Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook have on the news industry following an explosive study indicating Google made $4.7 billion off the news in 2018.

In the News

Drone Technology A Threat To All

quoting John Villasenorvia American Free Press
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

When remote-controlled flying drones closed London’s Gatwick Airport in 2018, it was a clear warning that a new threat era had emerged, requiring urgent action. It was, in fact, a threat that had been developing for more than a decade with signs as far back as 2010 that over-the-counter drones would become available and that their fast-changing capabilities would outstrip efforts to counter them unless there was a major plan by governments to invest heavily in anti-drone technologies. Today, the threat is not only confined to kids or terrorists flying drones into airspace over airports.

Analysis and Commentary

The Devil Is In The Device, Not The Platform

by Chirantan Chatterjee mentioning George P. Shultz, Condoleezza Rice, Joseph Nye, Niall Fergusonvia The Hill
Monday, June 10, 2019

With the buzz around 2020 U.S. elections building, and an election in another large democracy, India, just concluded, it is time for societies to place more of an emphasis on mobile phone regulation than they do on social media.

Featured

Free Speech Is In Free Fall In Silicon Valley

by Niall Fergusonvia Niall Ferguson
Sunday, June 9, 2019

I am old enough to remember when Twitter billed itself as “the free-speech wing of the free-speech party”. Heck, I can even remember John Perry Barlow’s hippie-libertarian “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace” — a place “where anyone, anywhere, may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity”.

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