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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Free speech has long been a cornerstone of American democracy, but the ubiquity and intimacy of online content is now challenging our society’s once-unshakable belief in the appeal of unfettered speech. In this age of hacks, trolls, fake news, and digital hate speech, lawmakers, citizens, and the tech companies that control our access to the Internet and social media are rethinking how much we should police online content for veracity and for its potential to do harm. Does the triumph of social media platforms mean we should revisit the protections given to online speech at the turn of the Internet Age? What role should the government play in protecting consumers from... Read More

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Who’s Afraid of Online Speech?

Free speech has long been a cornerstone of American democracy, but the ubiquity and intimacy of online content is now challenging our society’s once-unshakable belief in the appeal of...

Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Your Digital Afterlife

We live online both in life and in death. Even after our lives come to an end, our digital footprint remains, in the form of pictures, friendships, videos, emails, tweets, and likes. While...

Monday, November 13, 2017
Moral Injury: Toward an International Perspective

Moral injury is defined by David Wood, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, as a violation of one’s fundamental sense of right and wrong which often affects members of the military as they...

Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Why Should We Imagine Solar Flares Taking Down International Space Stations?

More than just entertainment, science fiction informs the ways we think about how technology and science play out in real life. So what happens when a catastrophic solar flare paralyzes global...

Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Solar Powered Education: Bringing Digital Libraries to Off-Grid Students

The rise of the internet has brought about unprecedented access to digital information, with transformative implications for education.

Online education has transformed into an...

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Does Technology Need The Arts To Build A Better Future?

With space exploration no longer being monopolized by scientists and government agencies, artists are now getting in on the act. Why not launch a satellite with poetry as payload, or a...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
As the Waters Come, Will Our Politics Rise to the Challenge?

From Superstorm Sandy to the recent devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, natural disasters make it difficult to ignore the rapid changes our climate is undergoing. Sea...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The Hidden History of America’s “Code Girls”

While men may dominate computer science today, women played fascinating, overlooked roles in the field’s early days. During World War II, more than 10,000 American women were recruited to...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Leadership Voices: Pathways to Success

The Leadership Voices series, a partnership between the McCain Institute for International Leadership and New America, features today’s icons and trailblazers from across business, politics,...

Thursday, October 05, 2017
Is Big Tech An Existential Threat?

Tech companies like Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook have revolutionized our lives, connecting us in ways that were once unimaginable — to each other, to information, and to entertainment....

Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Russia: Time to Contain?

On October 3, 2017, the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University hosted the next installment in its Debate and Decision Series, “Russia: Time to Contain?”


Thursday, September 28, 2017
The Future of Mental Health Technology

Though the impact our digital habits have on mental health may be increasingly grabbing the spotlight, there’s less talk about how these same technologies may one day be used to revolutionize how...