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Reinventing the Wheel: Uber Diplomacy

Reinventing the Wheel: Uber Diplomacy

Uber’s premise is simple: “Tap the app, get a ride.” In just a few years, Uber Technologies Inc. went from mobile app to global phenomenon— completely reimagining what urban transportation can achieve in the twenty first century. With humble beginnings, Uber was once known as UberCab— a ride-hailing mobile app launched in 2009 by entrepreneurs...
Até Logo, Dilma Rousseff: Why It’s Time to Go

Até Logo, Dilma Rousseff: Why It’s Time to Go

With the 2016 Summer Olympics headed to Rio de Janeiro in August, all eyes will be on Brazil. By then, President Dilma Rousseff may not be among the crowds. After a year of political rumblings and calls for impeachment, Brazilian congress members have delivered on their promises. In March 2016, the National Congress of Brazil reopened...
Tales from the Bottom of the Barrel: What’s Happening to Oil?

Tales from the Bottom of the Barrel: What’s Happening to Oil?

The story of global commodities cast a dark shadow over much of 2015 and this gloominess looks likely to continue in 2016. The price of crude oil has fallen from $105 per barrel in June 2014 to a meager $31 in February 2016. This represents more than a 70 per cent drop in less than...
War of the Words: Reconsidering ‘Terror’ in 2015

War of the Words: Reconsidering ‘Terror’ in 2015

Terrorism succeeds by instilling fear and mass hysteria within targeted populations. In the contemporary world, ‘terror’ is ubiquitous. Daily headlines and news feeds are dominated by fears of outsiders and terrorists seeking to disrupt normal life. Rather than tangible threats, however, it is largely the perception of terror that consumes global audiences. The first decades...
Waiting on the World Wide Web to Change: Reflections on Power in the Digital Age

Waiting on the World Wide Web to Change: Reflections on Power in the Digital Age

The development of the Internet has been characterized as the defining moment of our generation— but for whom? Despite its name, the web is far from worldwide. Half of the world’s population is ‘offline’ [1]. As of 2014, there were an estimated 4.4 billion people in the world without Internet access, and up to 2.8...
‘Don’t Kill Africa’ ? UN COP21 and the Post-Kyoto World

‘Don’t Kill Africa’ ? UN COP21 and the Post-Kyoto World

Following the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, —the official meeting of UN COP17— local demonstrators and climate change advocates around the world erupted into protest.[1] Despite initially high hopes that the conference would result in an international agreement regarding the future of the Kyoto Protocol, member parties voted to extend...