Technology and Science
Rising unemployment and the threat of a Moody's downgrade have highlighted the lagging economic recovery. While innovation is key to increasing U.S. global competitiveness, economists are divided over how to achieve this. Here, four experts debate policy options.
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The U.S. government needs to marshal its cybersecurity resources in support of the private sector and build alliances with international partners, says former CIA director Michael Hayden, member of a new CFR independent task force on digital policy.
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President Obama should make a trip to the region soon to signal a renewed commitment to helping resolve the conflict between Palestine and Israel, says CFR's Robert Danin.
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The WikiLeaks' controversy reveals inconsistencies in the U.S. government's approach to Internet speech and the responsibilities of private companies in control of what is now considered public space, says CFR's Adam Segal.
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"First, the United States is, and remains, the technology center of the world, with an unmatched amount of researchers and R&D money and the kind of cultural hard-wiring that continues to produce breathtaking discoveries. Second, China is catching up."
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"Samsung's sales are equal to about one-quarter of South Korea's economic output. Samsung Electronics, the flagship, posted $190 billion in sales last year—about the same sales as Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Facebook combined."
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"'Google believes very strongly in a free internet. The mainland just passed the law about the 500-reposts thing. Then you will definitely think about it before you write. It's a problem, (it) means your voice is not fully heard,' said Schmidt."
See more in China; Internet Policy
Inside the petro-fueled naval military buildup you've never heard of: It's Russia versus Iran, with three post-Soviet states -- and trillions of dollars in oil -- in the middle.
See more in Space; Russian Federation; Iran
Ken Auletta writes that there are no walls between Stanford and Silicon Valley. Should there be?
See more in Telecommunications; Education; United States
Louise Lucas describes the culture of open innovation and its benefits.
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Smart grids might revolutionize energy use and delivery, but there are associated security risks, particularly regarding communications technology.
See more in United States; Cybersecurity; Infrastructure; Digital Infrastructure
Scott Canon questions whether Google Inc.'s investment in Kansas City high-speed Internet can be a successful business model.
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David Barboza and John Markoff explain why China's booming economy and growing technological infrastructure may thrust it to the forefront of the next generation of computing.
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Edward L. Glaeser discusses the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation in New York's economy.
See more in United States; Entrepreneurship; Innovation
Eric Lipton and Clifford Krauss examine the debate about Washington's subsidies for clean-energy projects.
See more in United States; Renewable Energy; Clean Technology
James Manyika and Charles Roxburgh discuss the Internet's potential to fuel economic growth, even as governments work to address the security and privacy risks it brings.
See more in Global; Economic Development; Technology and Foreign Policy
This report promotes a set of recommendations to help the U.S. administration accelerate the development and deployment of low-carbon energy technologies.
See more in United States; Innovation; Energy Policy
Chris Sweeney raises the questions whether low tech SMS programs used by nonprofits like Medic Mobil could revolutionize global health.
See more in Telecommunications; Health Policy and Initiatives; Global
Research prepared by the McKinsey Global Institute and McKinsey's Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice offers the first quantitative assessment of the impact of the Internet on GDP and growth, while also considering the most relevant tools governments and businesses can use to get the most benefit from the digital transformation.
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In his piece for the Financial Times Magazine, Shawn Donnan discusses Google's latest venture into the world of philanthropy: Google Ideas. Described as a "think/do-tank", it either amounts to a bold attempt to stretch the boundaries of corporate social responsibility, perhaps even to rewire the entire role of business in today's world -- or, with its brief to find solutions to some of the world's most intractable problems, the ultimate expression of new tech bubble bravado.
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