Friday, July 31, 2015
  1. Is Uber a Threat to Democracy?

    Kemal Derviş
  2. Bottling the Sun

    Steven Charles Cowley

    Bottling the Sun


     explores the vast potential of nuclear fusion to provide clean, safe energy in the long term.

    nuclear fusion Sandia Labs/Flickr

    Even if world leaders reach an agreement at the UN climate conference in December to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions substantially by 2050, the question of how to meet a booming global population’s insatiable appetite for energy in the longer term will remain. One of the most promising options is nuclear fusion. READ MORE

  3. Europe’s Digital Wrong Turn

    Christopher Engman

    Europe’s Digital Wrong Turn


     warns that a recent decision by EU ministers on data privacy could hobble Europe’s digital market.

    circuits Digitalarti/Flickr

    In May, the European Commission announced that it would create a unified digital market of 500 million consumers that would add €415 billion to the European Union’s GDP and create some 3.8 million jobs. Unfortunately, a recent decision on one key digital issue – data privacy – threatens to derail that effort. READ MORE

  4. What Energy Shortage?

    Jostein Eikeland

    What Energy Shortage?


     argues that power scarcity has nothing to do with supplies and everything to do with storage.

    hoover dam Manav Gupta/Flickr

    We humans are not facing a shortage of energy. We are facing a technical challenge in capturing it and delivering it to consumers; and one of the most efficient ways to meet that challenge is by investing in better ways to store it. READ MORE

  5. Securing the Internet Commons

    Anne-Marie Slaughter

    Securing the Internet Commons


     defends US technology companies' refusal to give intelligence agencies a backdoor to users' data.

    Edward Snowden El Tiempo/ZumaPress

    Ever since Edward Snowden’s revelations about the US National Security Agency’s spying around the world, a debate has raged about the balance between privacy and national security. Should companies be able to encrypt their users’ messages so securely that no one – including governments – can get in? READ MORE

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