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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Women in Politics caucus NGO, a welcome development

In the 2014 General Election, women who stood for parliamentary elections were a mere 17 out of a total of 192 aspirants, and sadly the number dropped to 11 out of 210 parliamentary aspirants in the 2019 General Election. Hopefully, registration of the Women in Politics Caucus will give women the necessary support to join politics. While things were slowly improving, women for a long time were at the receiving end as compared to their male...

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