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“We seem to have lost sight of the deeper drivers of an accelerating risk of infectious disease transmission to the world,” wrote Leah Gerber , professor of conservation science and director of the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes at Arizona State University, in a recent piece for Issues in Science and Technology, referring to the root causes of the coronavirus pandemic...
The 2020 Next Generation Leader Cohort has completed its nine-month intensive leadership training program through the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. Speaking at their virtual graduation, an institute first, Board Chair Cindy McCain recognized the cohort’s perseverance in “a moment when you can almost feel history swinging on its hinge.” Executive Director Ambassador Mark Green emphasized...
Want to know what a future with robots and artificial intelligence looks like? Let’s just say that if the "2001: A Space Odyssey" author Arthur C. Clarke were still alive, he might be stunned — or perhaps even a little frightened — by today’s challenges. “We are seeing a change in the human role relative to our machines," said Peter...
As economies begin to reopen, businesses are thinking about how to adapt and move forward. The private sector has already been collaborating with governments to respond to COVID-19 in unprecedented ways, from vaccine and ventilator production to enforcing social distancing protocols. At the same moment, businesses themselves are on life support as they try to survive the economic downturn. This...
Scott Goldner is a second-year JD student in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. And for 15 weeks last fall, he was also the public affairs officer in the U.S. Embassy in Hungary. Goldner spent the fall 2019 semester as a member of the Policy Design Studio at ASU’s McCain Institute for International Leadership in...
The proliferation of advanced technology has created many obvious benefits. But it has also raised new questions about privacy, data collection and data monitoring. Debating the trade-offs has inspired books, documentaries, movies, podcasts and TV shows, and it has made its way into political scandals and congressional hearings. As the world faces an unprecedented pandemic, how will technology help us...
Kim Jong Un has not been seen in public for several weeks, leading to widespread speculation that he is either in hiding due to COVID-19, recuperating from heart surgery, incapacitated in some way or possibly dead. Rumors of the North Korean leader’s demise began when a Seoul-based website reported that he was recovering from an April 12 heart surgery. North...
Arizona State University’s Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO), a research unit of the Institute for the Future of Innovation in Society, has for a sixth consecutive year been named one of the top 10 think tanks for science and technology policy in the University of Pennsylvania’s 2019 “Global Go-To Think Tank Index.” The Think Tanks and Civil Societies...
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused policymakers us to rethink approaches to a range of issues, such as healthcare, welfare and education. Now that millions of Americans are receiving direct cash transfers as part of recently passed coronavirus stimulus packages, the potential of a universal basic income (UBI) — in which the government would provide every American with a minimum income...

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