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A dozen or more global giants have emerged in the online data business, but none in the European Union. That is not for lack of trying. The EU has issued voluminous regulations on data protection and dangled investment incentives for digital entrepreneurs, yet this outpouring of directives and money has done far more harm than good.
United States stands at a regulatory crossroads as Congress debates whether to
adopt European-style controls over the use of online personal data – or trust
that Facebook, Google, and the like will respond voluntarily (and more
efficiently than government) to their customers’ diverse and ever-changing privacy
preferences. The wrong decision will secure the market dominance of the current
reigning platforms and stifle internet innovation for years to come.
As Russia sinks deeper into economic crisis, the political games being played in that country have become increasingly alarming and difficult to interpret. The latest is a series of pointed threats against the political opposition, issued by Ramzan Kadyrov, the hardline leader of Chechnya. What is Mr. Kadyrov playing at, what does he hope to gain, and why does the ...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Various forms of social media have played vital roles in inspiring the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011. But are they enough to sustain popular uprisings – or are activists and leaders as vital as ever? This report examines the role of social media in mobilising popular opinion.
Geopolitics: Social media mobilises popular opinion but p...
Barun S. Mitra