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Sami Mahroum

Sami Mahroum

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Sami Mahroum, a professor at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, is an adviser at the FARI-AI for the Common Good Institute, a fellow at the Knowledge Centre for Data & Society at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and the author of Black Swan Start-ups: Understanding the Rise of Successful Technology Business in Unlikely Places (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

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  1. Why Isn't E-Commerce Benefiting the Arab World?
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    Why Isn't E-Commerce Benefiting the Arab World?

    Feb 23, 2022 Sami Mahroum explains what is behind foreign firms' growing share of digitally mediated markets in the region.

  2. Agents of Automation
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    Agents of Automation

    Mar 26, 2021 Sami Mahroum pushes back on the emerging consensus that whatever new technologies can do they inevitably will do.

  3. An Interview with Sami Mahroum
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    An Interview with Sami Mahroum

    Jul 14, 2020 Sami Mahroum says why Americans have failed the COVID-19 lockdown test, cautions against rushing AI-based medical solutions, and proposes mechanisms for holding governments accountable for their public-health failures.

  4. Automation and Human Agency
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    Automation and Human Agency

    May 12, 2020 Sami Mahroum advocates a new approach to technological innovation that would strengthen resilience to shocks like COVID-19.

  5. How to Design a Lockdown
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    How to Design a Lockdown

    Apr 2, 2020 Sami Mahroum says governments must consider the psychological impact of COVID-19 containment measures.

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    Resentment on the Western Front

    Sławomir Sierakowski thinks the Polish public needs a more open and honest conversation about refugees before resentment spirals.
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    Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis

    Xavier Vives writes that, despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of FTX’s collapse was established long ago.
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.
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    War Over Taiwan?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.
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    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston

    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

    Bill Emmott

    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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