How to govern a digitally networked world

Governments are struggling to manage the internet PIC: VIDEOBLOCKS.COM
Governments are struggling to manage the internet PIC: VIDEOBLOCKS.COM

In his single-minded quest to reduce US bilateral deficits with key trading partners, President Donald Trump has adopted a strategy that promises to make America’s economic “adversaries” even more competitive in the future. Worse, he is alienating America’s friends just when it needs them most. ANNE KRUEGER* writes

WASHINGTON, DC: Governments built the current systems and institutions of international cooperation to address nineteenth- and twentieth-century problems. But in today’s complex and fast-paced digital world, these structures cannot operate at “Internet speed.”

Recognising this, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres last year assembled a high-level panel – co-chaired by Melinda Gates and Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma – to propose ways to strengthen digital governance and cooperation. (Fadi Chehadé, a co-author of this article, is also a member.) It is hoped that the panel’s final report, expected in June, will represent a significant step forward in managing the potential and risks of digital technologies.

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Botswana deserves ideal political leaders

This remains to be seen, particularly as opposite unity has been seeing its ups and downs. In 2012, three opposition parties namely the Botswana National Front (BNF), the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), and the Botswana National Front (BNF) formed a political alliance under the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) would, after rebuffs, join the coalition in 2017.The promise made by the coalition to its...

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