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Thursday, May 10, 2018

There’s no doubt that misinformation, disinformation, and “fake news” played a role in the 2016 election and continue to roil our politics, as well as the ever-shifting media landscape. It’s also clear that an informed citizenry is at the foundation of American democracy. But with the dawn of social media and the ubiquity of digital publishing, being an informed citizen isn’t easy—it requires sorting through streams of poorly sourced commentary and purposefully deceptive news pieces created to sow distrust and undermine our connections with our fellow citizens. Where do we go from here?

Policymakers have called for limits on speech and greater involvement by... Read More

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Fact or Fiction: What Will It Take To Combat Misinformation and Disinformation in the Digital Age?

There’s no doubt that misinformation, disinformation, and “fake news” played a role in the 2016 election and continue to roil our politics, as well as the ever-shifting media landscape. It’s...

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Pathways to Prosperity: The Future of Innovation in Higher Education

National Governors Association 2018 Winter Meeting. 

Panel discussion on Workforce & Education Pathways to Prosperity: The Future of Innovation in Education featuring Governor Jay Inslee...

Thursday, February 08, 2018
What Our Democracy Needs to Know

Forget about Silicon Valley, Big Pharma, and our nation’s fabled industrial conglomerates—the most formidable science and tech incubator in the history of the world is the U.S. government. But...

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,...