Jerome A. Cohen states, "The Chinese government's current suppression of rising internet protests against its barbaric abuse of the blind 'barefoot lawyer' Chen Guangcheng raises fundamental questions about the impact of legal reforms on real life in China."
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.
On October 19, 2011, U.S. Ambassador to the OECD Karen Kornbluh delivered a speech titled, "Working Together to Promote Our Common Values and Interests on the Internet," at the French Senate. The conference, Freedom Under the Reign of the Internet, was hosted by the Robert Schuman Foundation and the Centre for European Studies.
Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, discusses the gender gap in access to mobile technology. Research conducted by Blair's organization has found that the gender gap is particularly wide in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
Micah Zenko says orbital space debris is a growing threat to civil, military, and commercial satellites in space, and mitigating the threat it poses to these satellites and spacecraft will require enhanced international cooperation.
Paul Twomey, former president and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), discusses the challenges posed by the present state of global cyber instability for governance at both the corporate and internatinoal levels.
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.
OECD hosted a meeting June 17-18, 2008, in Seoul to discuss "social, economic, and technological trends shaping the development of the Internet Economy" and reach consensus on principles that should guide internet policy making. A second meeting June 28-29, 2011, in Paris, continued these discussions about creating an open internet while "generating innovation and growth."
Commerce Secretary Locke gave these remarks on June 16, 2011, at the Chamber of Commerce. He discussed the international challenges faced by the Internet Policy Task Force, which was launched to safeguard consumer privacy, improve cybersecurity, and protect intellectual property online.
Adam Segal testifies before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on China's technology policies and argues that while the long-term impact is uncertain, the United States must push back against them to maintain its comparative advantage.
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Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
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