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    The Algorithm and Its Discontents

    Mariana Mazzucato & Ilan Strauss

    Deploying algorithms to maximize user engagement is how Big Tech firms maximize shareholder value, with short-term profits often overriding longer-term business objectives. Now that AI is poised to supercharge the platform economy, new rules and governance structures are urgently needed to safeguard the public.

    propose five principles to ensure that the digital economy serves the public good before short-term profit.
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    A Global Cash-Transfer Fund Could End Extreme Poverty

    Cina Lawson & Rory Stewart

    Cash transfers offer a transformative solution to multidimensional poverty, by enhancing dozens of outcomes simultaneously. They have already proven effective, adaptable, and replicable, and now they are becoming more attainable every year with growing mobile coverage and improved digital infrastructure.

    show that the conditions are ripe for deploying lump-sum payments to the world’s poorest people.
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    The Financial March to War

    Harold James explains how currency wars and speculation could feature in today’s great-power conflicts.
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    The Drums of US-China Cyber War

    Stephen S. Roach worries that irrational Sinophobia has become America's new bipartisan political orthodoxy.
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    Japan as Number Four

    Takatoshi Ito hopes the news that the economy has slipped from third place globally will serve as a wake-up call.
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    Banking on the World Bank’s Knowledge

    Wempi Saputra identifies three areas in which the organization’s client countries could use more guidance.
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    The War for the West

    Ivan Krastev interviewed by Sławomir Sierakowski about the conflict in Ukraine and the challenges facing Western democracies in a changing world.
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    Judgment Days for Democracy

    Nicholas Reed Langen suspects that judges will play an increasingly central role in protecting democracy against populist assaults.
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    Which AI Risks Matter?

    Edoardo Campanella considers three leading experts’ assessments of the technology’s future capabilities and their implications.
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  1. Banking on the World Bank’s Knowledge
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    Banking on the World Bank’s Knowledge

    Feb 28, 2024 Wempi Saputra identifies three areas in which the organization’s client countries could use more guidance.

  2. The Algorithm and Its Discontents
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    The Algorithm and Its Discontents

    Feb 28, 2024 Mariana Mazzucato & Ilan Strauss propose five principles to ensure that the digital economy serves the public good before short-term profit.

  3. Judgment Days for Democracy
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    Judgment Days for Democracy

    Feb 28, 2024 Nicholas Reed Langen suspects that judges will play an increasingly central role in protecting democracy against populist assaults.

  4. A Global Cash-Transfer Fund Could End Extreme Poverty
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    A Global Cash-Transfer Fund Could End Extreme Poverty

    Feb 28, 2024 Cina Lawson & Rory Stewart show that the conditions are ripe for deploying lump-sum payments to the world’s poorest people.

  5. The Drums of US-China Cyber War
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    The Drums of US-China Cyber War

    Feb 27, 2024 Stephen S. Roach worries that irrational Sinophobia has become America's new bipartisan political orthodoxy.

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    The War for the West

    Ivan Krastev interviewed by Sławomir Sierakowski

    Although the events of the last two years amount to a clear strategic failure for Russian President Vladimir Putin, it is equally clear that the West became overly confident after Ukraine's battlefield successes in 2022. Now, a strategic re-calibration may be in order.

    about the conflict in Ukraine and the challenges facing Western democracies in a changing world.
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    Which AI Risks Matter?

    Edoardo Campanella considers three leading experts’ assessments of the technology’s future capabilities and their implications.
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    Tim O'Reilly on AI development, regulation, copyright lawsuits, and more

    Tim O'Reilly shows how the imperatives of modern capitalism impede the development of broadly beneficial artificial intelligence, criticizes prevailing regulatory approaches to data privacy, considers how Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos went from value-creators to value-extractors, and more.
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    What Was Capitalism?

    James Livingston asks whether those at the commanding heights of today's economy are steering us toward feudalism or fatuousness.
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    The Rise of Consumer Crypto

    Steve Kaczynski & Scott Duke Kominers detail a wide range of business uses for non-fungible tokens and other blockchain-based technologies.
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    Robert Skidelsky on Keynes, AI, the future of work, and more

    Robert Skidelsky argues that the best way to secure supply chains is peace, highlights three grave risks posed by artificial intelligence, challenges the notion that science and religion should be regarded as opposites, and more.

Around the world, foreign-policy strategists are grappling with new international dynamics, from the Sino-American rivalry and ongoing hot wars to the broader breakdown in multilateral global governance. However, there is much debate about whether global power and alignments are truly shifting, and in what ways.

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    Catalytic Capital Holds the Key to Southeast Asia’s Green Transition

    Kitty Bu & Stefanie Fairholme highlight the potential role of early-stage funding in advancing the region’s decarbonization efforts.
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    The Case for Mission-Driven Climate Finance

    Bogolo Kenewendo argues that Africa has the ideas, ambition, and capacity to implement green solutions – just not the funding.
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    Reducing Plastic Pollution Requires Local Remedies

    Mirei Endara de Heras explains why on-the-ground initiatives to remove waste must complement top-down efforts to curb production.

Opinion that Moves

  1. Wempi Saputra Banking on the World Bank’s Knowledge
  2. Cina Lawson, et al. A Global Cash-Transfer Fund Could End Extreme Poverty
  3. Takatoshi Ito Japan as Number Four
  4. Harold James The Financial March to War

  1. Nicholas Reed Langen Judgment Days for Democracy
  2. Stephen S. Roach The Drums of US-China Cyber War
  3. Ngaire Woods An Antidote to the Polarization Poison
  4. Chang-Tai Hsieh, et al. How America’s CHIPS Act Hurts Taiwan

  1. Gordon Brown Empowering the Pandemic Accord
  2. Tom Achoki What Corporations Need to Know About Public Health
  3. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, et al. Strengthening Africa’s Community Health Programs
  4. Ann Lindstrand, et al. Lessons from Lower-Income Countries’ COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts

  1. Kitty Bu, et al. Catalytic Capital Holds the Key to Southeast Asia’s Green Transition
  2. Bogolo Kenewendo The Case for Mission-Driven Climate Finance
  3. Mirei Endara de Heras Reducing Plastic Pollution Requires Local Remedies
  4. Jayati Ghosh The Toxic Legacy of the Green Revolution

  1. Mariana Mazzucato, et al. The Algorithm and Its Discontents
  2. Josh Burek Is Blockchain Ready for Primetime?
  3. S. Alex Yang, et al. The Case for Regulating Generative AI Through Common Law
  4. Bertrand Badré, et al. How to Democratize AI

  1. Natalie Dunleavy Campbell, et al. The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet
  2. Célestin Monga How to Finance Higher Education in Africa
  3. Peter Singer The Competitive Edge of Doing Good
  4. Anne-Marie Slaughter Do Israelis and Palestinians Inhabit the Same World?

Africa’s economic rise is a world-changing development, but the sources of its emerging strength – and lingering weaknesses – are little understood. W…

  1. Rabah Arezki Africa’s Shifting Economic Paradigm
  2. Bogolo Kenewendo The Case for Mission-Driven Climate Finance
  3. Colin Coleman A Marshall Plan for Africa

Today’s media landscape is littered with landmines: open hostility from illiberal and autocratic regimes, mounting censorship in countries such as Hungary, Turkey,…

  1. Natalie Dunleavy Campbell, et al. The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet
  2. Mark Esposito, et al. The Threat of Persuasive AI
  3. Karina Montoya The Google Trial’s Dangerous Secrecy

As the COVID-19 crisis escalates, PS commentators assess its implications for the economy, propose policy responses, and consider what might – and sho…

  1. Gordon Brown Empowering the Pandemic Accord
  2. Ann Lindstrand, et al. Lessons from Lower-Income Countries’ COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
  3. Peter Sands Pandemic or Not, Medical Oxygen Remains Essential