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The Creative Community and Tools for Science

What happens when you ask six teams from advertising agencies to tackle big environmental questions using new tools for science? What happens when you ask them to do it in 48 hours?

Defeating Disinformation Series: Social Media Regulation Around the World

Online disinformation has become commonplace, seeded and spread by both foreign and domestic actors and amplified by social media. In order to stem the flow of malicious information, legislators around the globe are beginning to take action to regulate social media platforms, but the United States has perhaps the most influential role to play in regulation efforts. As Congress and regulatory bodies consider the way forward, how can the United States balance preserving democratic discourse, the electoral process, and free speech for years to come?

Grey Zones

Emerging technologies constitute a “grey zone” that occurs between research and development (R&D) and engineering for commercial or mass scale production. The pace of innovation is more rapid than technology knowledge transfer and comprehension by the policy and regulatory community. Just as emerging technologies constitute a “grey zone” between R&D and mass scale or mainstream offerings, the emerging market represents a “grey zone” between a developed market and an undeveloped market in either general economic terms or industry specific terms.

North America 2.0: A Workforce Development Agenda

As new technology reshapes workplaces and jobs across North America, the United States, Mexico, and Canada need to reinvent the ways that they educate, train, and re-skill their workforces.  With Mexico and Canada now the United States’ two largest economic partners, more than ever the three countries need to work together to effectively and equitably manage the massive transformations ahead in the skills needed by tomorrow’s employees.

Trade Restrictions May Lead to Increased Competitiveness

Necessity is the mother of invention, or so the old adage goes. Plato’s words may resonate especially loudly in East Asia these days, as governments are pushed to do more with less. With punitive trade actions becoming an increasingly common tool political tool, countries in the region are stepping up efforts to become more resilient to such moves. What’s more, efforts to avoid tariffs and other trade restrictions may actually lead to increased competitiveness in the longer term.

Geopolitics and the 5G Supply Chain

Geopolitical tensions are at the center of the supply chain for next generation mobile technology. From manufacturing to regulation, nations and regions are attempting to position themselves as leaders in each element of the chain. And overarching security concerns make policy options much harder. How does the United States fit into this highly complex puzzle? Where do things stand in the race to 5G, and what can America do to shape the final outcome?

Big Tech in 2020

In a world of foreign election interference, privacy scandals, disinformation, and dark ads, the vector for these societal ills -- namely, social media -- has become a key issue for the 2020 Presidential Election. How have the presidential contenders addressed these issues, if at all? The Wilson Center cuts through the noise and unpacks what technology policy -- and by extension, our elections, political discourse, and daily lives -- might look like under each candidate.

Brazil’s Space Program: Finally Taking Off?

Update: Brazil's Senate approved the Technological Safeguards Agreement (TSA) on Tuesday, November 12. The President of the Senate, Davi Alcolumbre, ratified the treaty on November 19, 2019.