Putting Communities At the Center of Freshwater Conservation

Putting Communities At the Center of Freshwater Conservation

It was clear from our visit to the Tapajós communities that they must be at the center of any conservation program, as the river and the resources in it are intimately linked to their identity, economic well-being, and deep social and cultural values.

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs Scraps Its Ambitious Toronto Project

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs Scraps Its Ambitious Toronto Project

And the Google sister company founded to digitize and techify urban planning would collect data on all of it, in a quest to perfect city living.

What Singapore Can Tell the World About Personal Liberty

What Singapore Can Tell the World About Personal Liberty

On the back of Wired, CNN, and Time praising Singapore’s response in early March, the Singapore government made moves which political commentators have read as suggesting the possibility of snap elections, including announcing the new electoral boundaries on March 13, as if to leverage goodwill in the midst of crisis to solidify political power.

We All Need to Think Both Fast and Slow to Survive Covid-19

We All Need to Think Both Fast and Slow to Survive Covid-19

It’s also home to the World Health Organization, which has been a critical source of expertise and information throughout the Covid-19 crisis.That’s because the root of the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t really a virus, it’s poor governance and under-investment in prevention, crisis-oriented capacity, and government institutions.

A Practical Guide for Building Ethical Tech

A Practical Guide for Building Ethical Tech

Some ethics executives experimented with creating a new process for these “ethics checkpoints,” but quickly realized that this unduly burdened the notoriously tight product development cycle, or was ignored altogether.

Alphabet's Plan for Toronto Depends on Huge Amounts of Data

Alphabet's Plan for Toronto Depends on Huge Amounts of Data

On Monday, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs released more detailed plans for Toronto, the site of the Google sister company’s first attempt to bring its techified, digital-forward sensibility to a full-scale development project.

Another Ripple From the Huawei Ban: Scientific Peer Review

Another Ripple From the Huawei Ban: Scientific Peer Review

But this week the Chinese technology news publication Pandaily published an email sent by IEEE to the editors of its publications, instructing them to stop using Huawei employees as peer reviewers for articles they're considering for publication.

Cities under climatic siege: #InclusionMatters

Cities under climatic siege: #InclusionMatters

We just released a short policy note on what social inclusion means for city residence, while focusing on urban floods. READ MORE: Download: What Does Social Inclusion Mean for a Resilient City?

A low-carbon future must protect the world’s forests

A low-carbon future must protect the world’s forests

To address this deforestation, a forest-smart approach to mining requires strong governance to manage the development and impacts of the mining sector, protect forests on a landscape level, and recognize and protect local community tenure and rights.

Can AI Be a Fair Judge in Court? Estonia Thinks So

Can AI Be a Fair Judge in Court? Estonia Thinks So

About 22 percent of Estonians work for the government; that’s about average for European countries, but higher than the 18 percent rate in the US.Siim Sikkut, Estonia’s chief information officer, began piloting several AI-based projects at agencies in 2017, before hiring Velsberg last year.

When It Comes to Disease, Why Wait for a Pandemic to Respond?

When It Comes to Disease, Why Wait for a Pandemic to Respond?

In the lead up to the O2 simulation, students participate in a two-week civics and science module on outbreak response, then take on roles as clinicians, epidemiologists, government officials, military, media, and the general population.

The road to recovery: Rebuilding the transport sector after a disaster

The road to recovery: Rebuilding the transport sector after a disaster

The recovery phase can be the impetus to reexamine vulnerable links in the transport network and address those deficiencies to help reduce future risks and strengthen the economic and physical resilience of people and infrastructure assets.

Trump-Era Congressional Hearings Have Succumbed to Conspiracy Politics

Trump-Era Congressional Hearings Have Succumbed to Conspiracy Politics

Trump-Era Congressional Hearings Have Succumbed to Conspiracy Politics President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen testified before the the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday. Even before they became a Trump-era norm, conspiracy-minded Congressional hearings were something of an American political tradition.

Community-based forestry in Malawi will soon bear fruit

Community-based forestry in Malawi will soon bear fruit

With a shrug of resignation, the officer explained that harvesting firewood in forest reserves and national parks was illegal and incidents like the one I had just witnessed were increasing tensions between the community and the Department of Forestry.

Alan Fuchs Tarlovsky

Alan Fuchs Tarlovsky

He also co-lead the First Social Inclusion DPL for Chile, the SCD for Uruguay and is currently co-leading a Regional Report for LAC Chief Economist Office on Shocks and Managing Risks.

The Green New Deal Shows How Grand Climate Politics Can Be

The Green New Deal Shows How Grand Climate Politics Can Be

The Green New Deal Shows How Grand Climate Politics Can Be Alex Edelman/CNP/AP If it’s hard to imagine the sweeping changes proposed in the “Green New Deal” actually happening, don’t blame the Green New Deal.

It's Not too Late for Social Media to Regulate Itself

It's Not too Late for Social Media to Regulate Itself

To protect the public interest and their own businesses, these companies should set up a robust self-regulatory organization along the lines of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), an SRO that derives its authority from the Securities and Exchange Commission. FINRA provides a valuable blueprint for how a self-regulatory organization for the search and social media industry might work.

How to diversify Bhutan’s economy?

How to diversify Bhutan’s economy?

However, Bhutan needs to do a better job at diversifying its economy by improving its physical and human capital by using resource rents from hydropower.

George Soros Attacks China's AI Push as 'Mortal Danger'

George Soros Attacks China's AI Push as 'Mortal Danger'

“I want to call attention to the mortal danger facing open societies from the instruments of control that machine learning and artificial intelligence can put in the hands of repressive regimes,” Soros said.

The US Sits out an International Cybersecurity Agreement

The US Sits out an International Cybersecurity Agreement

“The private sector is now willing to say that we can and we will do more.”"Over the past three or four years, we’ve really seen a groundswell of private leadership."Megan Stifel, Public KnowledgeIn April, Microsoft announced the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, an agreement similar to the Paris Call that was signed by more than 60 technology corporations, which it dubbed a “a Digital Geneva Convention.” In July, the company publicly advocated for the regulation of facial recognition technology and said it was developing its own set of principles for how it should be used.

Romania: good policies and institutions can limit the impact of natural disasters

Romania: good policies and institutions can limit the impact of natural disasters

Building resilience to climate change and natural disasters is a long journey that calls for good policies, effective coordination at different levels of government and across sectors, and mobilization of significant financial resources.To limit the consequences of natural disasters, countries around the world adopt policies to reduce private asset losses.

Carbon Capture Is Messy and Fraught—But Might Be Essential

Carbon Capture Is Messy and Fraught—But Might Be Essential

But Oldham says Carbon Engineering has gotten the price down to $100 per ton, in part by co-opting technologies in its facility from other industries like water treatment.The problem is it’s hard to make money while trying to pull carbon from the air and sequester it back underground where it belongs.

Trump's Disregard of Puerto Rico's Death Toll Is Putting Lives at Risk

Trump's Disregard of Puerto Rico's Death Toll Is Putting Lives at Risk

Trump's Disregard of Puerto Rico's Death Toll Is Putting Lives at RiskPoolThe President of the United States says he does not believe that Hurricane Maria and its aftermath killed 2,975 people—an estimate generated by researchers at George Washington University and accepted as the rough official death toll by the government of Puerto Rico.

Hothouse Earth: seven things you can do to stop it

Hothouse Earth: seven things you can do to stop it

Most of the political parties on a broad range of spectrum now understand and support the need for sustainable and healthy lifestyles to make our places better in social, economic and environmental terms.