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Toward a Clean, Well-lighted Internet

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 26, 2018

Social networks swerve in unexpected—and sometimes dark—directions, defying utopian attempts to harness them. Digital citizens need to master hyperconnection without being mastered. 

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Niall Ferguson’s “The Square and the Tower”

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, January 25, 2018

AUDIO ONLY Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook

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Niall Ferguson's "The Square And The Tower"

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, January 25, 2018

A historical overview of networks and power, from the Freemasons to Facebook.

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Davos Awaits Trump's Arrival

quoting Niall Fergusonvia The Straits Times
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

As the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) gets underway in Davos, Switzerland, this week, the conversation among business and policy leaders in the Alps is dominated by one topic: What will first-time invitee President Donald Trump say?

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Ending The Stalemate Over Encrypted Communications

quoting Toomas Hendrik Ilvesvia Washington Examiner
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A think tank effort led by a former top cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security will try to unlock one of cybersecurity's most intractable policy problems: Balancing the needs of law enforcement against personal privacy when it comes to encrypted communications.

Policy Seminar with Emily Oster

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Annenberg Conference Room, Lou Henry Hoover Building

Emily Oster, Professor of Economics at Brown University, addressed the policy lunch group, sharing with us a project underway studying health behaviors. She discussed "Changes in Household Diet: Determinants and Predictability.” 

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Niall Ferguson: Politics, Power And Networks

featuring Niall Fergusonvia Commonwealth Club
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

From his views of Islam in the West to his assertion that the United States should once again become a colonial power, conservative historian Niall Ferguson has never shied away from challenging established views or offering provocative opinions.

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Network Concerns

by Mark Moyarfeaturing Niall Fergusonvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The publication this month of Niall Ferguson’s new book The Square and the Tower has illuminated both the power of networks and the human tendency to overstate the power of networks. For longer than one might expect, tech enthusiasts, corporate executives, social scientists, and military theorists have proclaimed that networks will revolutionize some, if not all, aspects of human existence, generally for the better. As Ferguson’s book explains in devastating detail, their lofty visions have been repeatedly confounded by reality.

In the News

Will Trump’s Offshore Oil Plans Prove Toxic For Gop Incumbents In California?

quoting Bill Whalenvia McClatchy DC
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

As coastal Republicans in Florida and the Carolinas lobby the Trump administration to exempt their states from new offshore oil drilling plans, their GOP counterparts in California have largely been silent, apparently torn between angering voters at home and upsetting their pro-drilling colleagues in Congress.

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Global Warming And Bond Offerings

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Forbes
Monday, January 22, 2018

How public nuisance law suits have trapped city governments in a web of their own making.

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