big data in china

Big data in China: From myth to political economy

Big data: A contested mythical narrative in a developing country Similar to in other parts of the world, big data entered China as a technical...
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China’s media in Africa: Expansion, perception, and reception

Chinese media has increased its footprint in Africa in recent years, which is widely seen as a way for China to extend its ‘soft...
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After the US-North Korea summit: Not all quiet on the nuclear front

While the agreement that Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un reached in Singapore de-escalated the situation between the two countries in the immediate term, it...
Deploying military force will not ease the tensions on the Korean peninsula. (Credit: Wacharaklin/Bigstock)

Prelude to the peace process on the Korean peninsula

On June 12, 2018, a summit took place between the leaders of the DPRK and the US – a summit that few could have...
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Making and breaking social capital: The paradox of China’s social credit system

The Chinese government is engaged in a major mass-surveillance initiative, to become fully operational by the year 2020. It has been subject to varied...
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the Forum on China-Africa cooperation in December 2015. (Credit: GovernmentZA/Flickr)

A Chinese Solution for North Korea?

In symbolic terms as well as in concrete outcome – the Korean summit, the first in 11 years, positively surprises. All the more in...

A fluid equilibrium to replace the nation state: Jacopo Maria Pepe on Eurasian geopolitics

Berlin – It was an inspiring glance into the future of the 21st century that the political scientist and Eurasia specialist, Jacopo Maria Pepe,...
#FeesMustFall demonstration in Pretoria, South Africa. (Credit: Paul Saad/Flickr)

Digitalisation of the media in Africa: Prospects for change

Global media has become increasingly digitalised in recent years. These processes have had a detrimental impact on the traditional business models of commercial journalism,...
Campaigners outside the UK treasury highlight the destructive impact of tax havens. (Credit: Enough Food IF/Flickr)

Wealth mobility: Implications for inequality

In recent decades, economic globalisation has led to an increased mobility of financial assets and wealthy individuals across national boundaries. At the same time, income...
Opening plenary session, WTO Ministerial Conference in Argentina. Buenos Aires, December 2017. (Credit: World Trade Organization/Flickr)

Is the WTO relevant for India?

Pressure on less developed countries from an increasingly belligerent US has caused the recent WTO gathering in Buenos Aires to end in an impasse. The...

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