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Zulfikar Abbany July 20, 2019
Around the world, many still feel chills remembering the reports from July 20, 1969, that two men had landed and walked on the Moon. Zulfikar Abbany, writing for Deutsche Welle, describes how the American story is “a Cold War story, too — of a Free World against a closed, communist world. And in that sense, it's a global story.” The Apollo space program relied on engineers, technicians and...
Mihir Dalal July 14, 2019
Regulators with the Competition Commission of India are surveying e-commerce and its novel challenges to competition. “This is the closest the CCI has come to admitting that the present competition laws may not be equipped to deal with the shape-shifting, confounding challenges posed by the nature of internet platforms to competition regulation,” explains Mihir Dalal. “Globally, regulators and...
BBC May 23, 2019
The Trump administration’s latest move in the US-China trade war is blacklisting Chinese company Huawei. The US placed the maker of telecommunications equipment on a list of entities blocked from trading with American firms without a license. Huawei, the world’s second biggest smartphone provider after Samsung, is now set to lose access to the upcoming version of Android, after Google took action...
Alex Krasodomski-Jones May 22, 2019
Mass killers who attack places of worship or schools often seek attention and announce plans on online. Anonymous internet message boards like 8chan include users who reinforce the extremism and incite hatred. After attacks, community leaders urge monitoring, censorship or site closure. That may draw more users to other provocative platforms. “Blocking access to these platforms would validate...
Lara Seligman May 20, 2019
The rollout of Space Force as a separate branch of the US armed services has marked a renewed push for space dominance. Since then, Pentagon officials have been working toward the congressionally mandated deadline of 2022 to build an all-American rocket, powered by American-made engines. Current US rockets rely on Russian-manufactured RD-180 engines to send satellites into space, a remnant of the...
Nayan Chanda May 9, 2019
China’s Belt and Road Initiative supports a range of infrastructure projects connecting more than 60 nations. The digital component could be the most influential part of China’s new trade and transportation hubs, explains Nayan Chanda, founding editor of YaleGlobal Online, in his column for the Times of India. “While the US keeps issuing warnings about the espionage risks of using Chinese 5G...
Zen Soo May 7, 2019
As technologically advanced nations race to develop 5G mobile networks, early selection of standards could determine winners. The United States, for 3G, erred in preferring the CDMA standard over the GSM preferred by the rest of the world, and may make a similar mistake in choosing its 5G airwaves, explains Zen Soo for South China Morning Post. The problem, she explains, “is that initial...