Monthly Archives: November 2018

The Digital Gap: A Persisting and Evolving Challenge to Development
By admin November 14, 2018

A digital gap between the rich and the poor is deepening inequality around the world. A 2018 Pew Research survey found that about 50 percent of low-income US households do not have access to high-speed internet or traditional computers at home. Nearly one third of Americans from low-income households do not own a smartphone, while the

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Restore the Power of “Truthtelling”
By admin November 13, 2018

While Khashoggi’s death is still a myth to the general public, there is little doubt that the safety of journalists is not getting better in the tide of international development. From 2006 to 2017, UNESCO has recorded 1,010 killings of journalists. A total of 80 journalists and media workers were killed in 2018 as of

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Using Canines for Malaria Detection
By admin November 8, 2018

Dogs’ extremely sensitive sense of smell allows them to detect bombs, drugs, and other contraband that passes through airports in luggage or pockets but is it possible for them to sniff out malaria and could it be useful? At the annual meeting at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) last month, researchers

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Is Universal Basic Income an Effective Way to Eliminate Poverty?
By admin November 7, 2018

The exponential advancement of computing power and artificial intelligence has galvanized heated debates on Universal Basic Income (UBI) in recent years. People are concerned that technology will take away low-paying human jobs and leave poor people worse off. UBI is seen by the Silicon Valley as one of the proposals to cure inequality and poverty

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“Index Mania” and Stories Untold
By admin November 6, 2018

When doing research on international development, one can hardly open a newspaper or a web push without finding a reference to an international index. Being different from indexes solely used for investment and market outlook projection, these indexes are usually created by international organizations and cover key issues like corruption, human rights, education, freedom of

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The Circular Economy & Development
By admin November 2, 2018

  At the beginning of 2018, the World Economic Forum stated embracing the circular economy was “the biggest opportunity of our lifetime.” The circular economy is a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design. This framework builds economic, natural, and social capital and is based on three principles: (1) design out

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Stablecoins, are they the next buzzworthy investment?
By admin November 1, 2018

A new form of cryptocurrency is gaining traction among proponents of digital cash: stablecoins. Unlike bitcoin, whose prices have swung from a peak of $19,000 to its current level of around $6,200, this emerging cryptocurrency aims to maintain a stable price at all times. Proponents of stablecoin argue their rise is instrumental for active investors

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