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China’s Internet Boom

It’s tempting to portray the rapid growth of the Chinese Internet as just one more example of China’s efforts to catch up with the West: Alibaba is the eBay of China, Baidu is the Google of China, Didi is the Uber of …Continue reading

Paper Problem

One great challenge facing society is where to draw the line between an individual’s right to privacy and the government’s right to tax, regulate, and enforce the law. Few areas illustrate this problem as well as the way we spend our money. …Continue reading

12 Years After the October Earthquake, Is Pakistan Prepared to Handle Another ‘Big One’?

Pakistan sits on top of three tectonic plates that are very slowly colliding into one another. The eastern half of the country lies on the edge of the Indian plate while the western half lies on the Eurasian plate. The southwestern part (at …Continue reading

Rules for Geoengineering the Planet

The 2015 Paris climate agreement was a major milestone, but the truth is, achieving its ambitious goal of keeping temperatures to within 1.5 °C to 2 °C of preindustrial levels would require rates of mitigation far in excess of what’s been achieved—or …Continue reading

Drones to the Rescue

If we could send fleets of drones flying medical supplies to people in some of the poorest and most remote parts of the world, would it be worth it? Who’s going to pay for the drones,…

The Innovator Gap

An innovator I know—let’s call him Tom—had trained for a decade at some of the world’s top research institutions to become an expert in materials science and engineering. He’d developed a new manufacturing technique for semiconductors with the potential…

Examining the Cybercrime Law

Nearly a year has passed since the Parliament of Pakistan promulgated a law to regulate electronic crimes. The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act of 2016 covered an array of offences related to cyberspace. In all, it listed 23 offences: unauthorized access to …Continue reading

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