Science and Technology

European Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager

Big Talk on Big Tech—but Little Action

In both the U.S. and EU, antitrust and regulatory efforts against Facebook, Google, and Amazon are gaining traction. But no one’s about to break them up.

A portrait of Jennifer Doudna, inventor of the revolutionary gene-editing tool CRISPR.

What Is It to Be Human Anymore?

Walter Isaacson explores the future of gene editing. But that future is already here, and it’s more than a bit scary.

People line up outside a mass COVID-19 vaccine center at the Millennium Point center in Birmingham, England, on Jan. 11.

Scarcity and Ethics

The pandemic is offering a crash course to wealthy countries on dealing with problems they can’t buy their way out of.

A manned walking robot developed by robotics company Korea Future Technology in Gunpo, South Korea, on Dec. 27, 2016.

The World Must Regulate Tech Before It’s Too Late

We urgently need a global ethical consensus on how far technological advances can go.

Workers pack syringes at the Hindustan Syringes and Medical Devices factory in Faridabad, India, on Sept. 2, 2020.

To Democratize Vaccine Access, Democratize Production

U.S. and European COVID-19 shots aren’t enough. It is time to tap into Africa, Asia, and Latin America’s enormous production capacity.

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Latin American Governments Are Caught in the Middle of the U.S.-China Tech War

So far, policymakers have maintained strong ties with both nations. In 2021, they may face a point of no return.

Indian Air Force Tejas fighter jets perform at the Aero India air show at Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangaluru, on Feb. 3.

How Did India Manage to Build an Advanced Fighter Jet Like the Tejas?

When it comes to sensitive industries like defense, democracy and the rule of law do matter.

A Long March 5 rocket carrying an orbiter, lander, and rover destined for Mars lifts off from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in Hainan province, China, on July 23, 2020.

America Needs a Supercharged Space Program

It could build entire industries, create new jobs, green the economy—and unite the country behind a common purpose.

Members of the National Guard stand watch at the U.S. Capitol

Our Top Weekend Reads

Washington under siege, peace building lessons from Nigeria, and a potential crisis for China’s aviation industry.

A message is seen on the Facebook mobile app in Melbourne on Feb. 18.

Why Facebook Is Right to Pull the Plug on Australia

This isn’t about regulating Big Tech. It’s about fleecing foreigners for news that Australians no longer want to pay for.

Semiconductors and the U.S.-China Innovation Race

Semiconductors and the U.S.-China Innovation Race

The lifeblood of high-tech industries, semiconductors are at the heart of intensifying U.S.-China strategic and economic competition. Escalating trade tensions between these two superpowers and a range of protective measures have had cascading impacts that are threatening global supply chains, firms’ competitiveness, and end-users’ access to these vital materials. FP Analytics' Special Report examines the interconnectivity and fragility of global supply chains and the central role of Taiwan in global tech competition.

An airport worker walks along Daxing International Airport in Beijing on Feb. 8.

China’s Potemkin Aviation Can’t Survive Without Washington’s Help

Biden has a hard choice to make regarding Trump’s limits on airliner tech.

A woman passes the Google booth at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai on Nov. 5, 2018.

Australia Is Ground Zero in the Global Battle Against Google

A proposed law would shake the global internet—and put the Biden team’s Silicon Valley friendships to the test.

A teacher prepares a lesson with a cellphone on the first day of online classes in an empty classroom in Seoul, on April 9, 2020.

Did Big Tech Save the World From an Even Bigger Economic Meltdown?

It helped, but the countries that fared best had other factors at play.

A woman counts money outside a U.S. remittance collection agency in San Isidro, San Salvador, on June 10, 2020.

The Pandemic May Change Remittances—for the Better

Long denominated in cash, payments back to home countries are finally going digital.

People's Liberation Army soldiers take part in military training at the Pamir Mountains in Kashgar, China, on Jan. 2.

Don’t Underestimate China’s Military-Civil Fusion Efforts

Beijing’s vision is clear, even if its implementation isn’t complete.

Muslims attend a vigil at the East London Mosque for the victims of the New Zealand mosque attacks on March 15 in London, England.

Our Top Weekend Reads

British Muslims seek legal protections, Biden unveils his climate agenda, and why Saudi Arabia is getting away with murder.

 

Sex Criminals Use Bitcoin. So Do the Police.

Cryptocurrencies offer vast potential for catching sexual predators—but it remains mostly untapped.

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