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NYT: Samsung: Uneasy in the Lead

Authors: Eric Pfanner and Brian X. Chen

"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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Op-Ed

Give People Choices, Not Edicts

Authors: Peter R. Orszag and Cass R. Sunstein
Bloomberg.com

Peter Orszag and Cass Sunstein write that governments should use "nudges"—policies that harness economics and psychology to encourage certain behaviors—to deliver major benefits without imposing big costs on the public or private sector.

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Backgrounder Author: Steven J. Markovich

U.S. space exploration inspired a generation of students and innovators, but NASA's role has diminished, and the number of global space competitors is growing. This Backgrounder explores U.S. competitiveness in space.

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Foreign Affairs Article

How to Copy Right

Authors: Steven Tepp, Kal Raustiala, and Christopher Sprigman

In their essay "Fake It Till You Make It" (July/August 2013), Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman urged the United States to "relax" when it comes to the flagrant disregard for intellectual property laws in China.

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Video

Staying Safe in a Biology Revolution

Speaker: Laurie Garrett

CFR Senior Fellow for Global Health Laurie Garrett explains the conundrum of dual-use research of concern (DURC), in which the same experiments that allow scientists to understand pandemics can also create dangerous pathogens. Combined with advances in synthetic biology and increasingly affordable technologies, there is the possibility for a true biology revolution.

See more in Health; Diseases, Infectious; Technology and Science; Biotechnology; Global

Article

Internet and Press Freedom in Taiwan

Author: Sharone Tobias
The Diplomat

Earlier this month, Taiwanese Internet advocacy groups succeeded in shutting down an anti-piracy bill similar to the U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Opposition to recent legislation shows that interest in internet and press freedoms remains strong.

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