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Was Deregulation Bad? | The Economist

August 20, 2013

Mr Drum says that it is still "an open question whether deregulation was such a boon for the flying public in the first place," and points to a 2012 article by Phillip Longman and Lina Khan. In that piece, published in the Washington Monthly (where I ...

A Reluctant Refuge for Al-Qaeda | The Economist

July 25, 2013

The New America Foundation, a think-tank in Washington, lists more than 60 such attacks in Yemen since the start of 2012, most of them south and east of Marib. Some of those drone attacks were against AQAP fighters who last year seized much of Abyan ...

City Leaders Are Increasingly Adopting Business Methods and Promoting Business | The Economist

July 11, 2013

Parag Khanna of the New America Foundation, a think-tank, calculates that 40 city-regions produce two-thirds of the world's economic output and an even higher share of its innovations. Gerald Carlino of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia notes ...

Battle Of The Internet Giants | The Economist

November 29, 2012

Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School and consultant to the FTC, has even argued that in the interests of promoting competition, big “information monopolies” such as Apple and Google should be forced to choose between being providers of digital ...


Internet Freedom | The Economist

October 4, 2012

Rebecca MacKinnon, an expert on internet freedom, says web firms act as “legislature, police, judge, jury and executioner” in enforcing moderation policies and should offer their members more opportunity to appeal. Marietje Schaake, a Dutch politician ...


Paying the Price For Women | The Economist

September 7, 2012

An article in the Spectator by Liza Mundy predicts that in a generation’s time, British women will be the richer sex.

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Monitoring the Monitors | The Economist

July 10, 2012

Rebecca MacKinnon, the author of “Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom”, agrees. “The goal has never been total control. The goal is to keep the Chinese Communist Party in power,” she says. “Total, stifling, straitjacket control is not possible unless they want China to be North Korea, which they don’t.”

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Plus ça change | The Economist

September 8, 2012

Rebecca MacKinnon, an expert on internet freedom, notes that Microsoft and Google, keen to avoid Yahoo!’s fate, never introduced Chinese-based versions of Hotmail and Gmail. To keep its nose clean in Vietnam, Yahoo! maintains its Vietnamese-language servers in Singapore. (Facebook and Twitter, used by some Chinese activists, are blocked in China and accessible only using special tools.)

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The Hunt For Osama Bin Laden | The Economist

May 3, 2012

By Peter Bergen. Crown; 384 pages; $26. Bodley Head; £20. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk A COMPELLING account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden requires two things: captivating detail about how the mission was carried out and answers to difficult ...

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