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A view of high-voltage transmission towers in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 21, 2021.
A view of high-voltage transmission towers in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 21, 2021.

Yes, We Need to Talk About Cutting Energy Demand

By focusing only on energy supply, the world is ignoring some of the cheapest and quickest ways to fight the crisis.

A man views congestion in Kathmandu, Nepal
A man views congestion in Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal’s Big EV Bet

Is it a genuine push toward a cleaner—and safer—nation?

U.S. President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
U.S. President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The United States and India Need a Digital Handshake

Mistrust and disagreements over privacy have impeded a partnership that could transform the global digital economy.

First Lady Jill Biden, Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso, and Ecuadorian First Lady María de Lourdes Alcívar de Lasso wave to reporters at the Carondelet Palace in Quito, Ecuador, on May 19.
First Lady Jill Biden, Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso, and Ecuadorian First Lady María de Lourdes Alcívar de Lasso wave to reporters at the Carondelet Palace in Quito, Ecuador, on May 19.

Will Washington Invest in Its Neighborhood?

The June Summit of the Americas is an opportunity to unveil a more ambitious regional economic strategy.

Earth as seen from outer space, surrounded by darkness and distant stars
Earth as seen from outer space, surrounded by darkness and distant stars
Demonstrators wave Western Sahara flags during a protest against the Spanish government support for Morocco's autonomy plan for Western Sahara, in Madrid, on March 26.
Demonstrators wave Western Sahara flags during a protest against the Spanish government support for Morocco's autonomy plan for Western Sahara, in Madrid, on March 26.

Why Is Madrid Pandering to Morocco?

Spain has traded five decades of neutrality on Western Sahara while getting nothing but a spyware scandal in return.

A woman walks past a banner in support of Ukraine at the MIPIM international real estate convention in Cannes, France on March 15.
A woman walks past a banner in support of Ukraine at the MIPIM international real estate convention in Cannes, France on March 15.

Western Companies Can Help Ukraine by Sending Work

Ukraine’s tech outsourcing sector, one of Europe’s largest, has adapted nimbly to the war.

A silver robot with the words "CAMPAIGN TO STOP KILLER ROBOTS" on its chest is seen in front of protestors holding up a banner that read "STOP KILLER ROBOTS!"
A silver robot with the words "CAMPAIGN TO STOP KILLER ROBOTS" on its chest is seen in front of protestors holding up a banner that read "STOP KILLER ROBOTS!"

Killer Robots Are Here—and We Need to Regulate Them

Once lethal autonomous weapons systems begin to spread, they will be difficult to control.

An illustration of disruptive tech pixels over a videogame controller.
An illustration of disruptive tech pixels over a videogame controller.

NFTs in Video Games Bring Laundered Money and Angry Players

Rushing to further monetize gaming adds to global social and environmental risk.

A Ukrainian soldier speaks on his smartphone outside a building in Kyiv hit by a Russian missile, on Feb. 25.
A Ukrainian soldier speaks on his smartphone outside a building in Kyiv hit by a Russian missile, on Feb. 25.

How Elon Musk’s Starlink Got Battle-Tested in Ukraine

Fast-expanding satellite broadband services are proving decisive during war and other emergencies.

A journalist films screens.
A journalist films screens.

The U.S. and China Need Ground Rules for AI Dangers

Autonomous weapon systems pose a serious escalatory risk.

A man in a blue jacket walks away holding a gun on a city street. A Guy Fawkes mask is on the back of his head.
A man in a blue jacket walks away holding a gun on a city street. A Guy Fawkes mask is on the back of his head.

Don’t Underestimate Ukraine’s Volunteer Hackers

Kyiv’s “IT army” could undermine Russia’s war narratives.

A demonstrator poses with an installation depicting Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg during a protest in London on Oct. 25, 2021.
A demonstrator poses with an installation depicting Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg during a protest in London on Oct. 25, 2021.

4 Reasons Why Putin’s War Has Changed Big Tech Forever

The conflict has permanently upended how the major platforms do business.

A worker in a dust-proof suit controls an LED epitaxy chip production line at a semiconductor workshop in Nanchang, in China's Jiangxi Province on Jan. 26.
A worker in a dust-proof suit controls an LED epitaxy chip production line at a semiconductor workshop in Nanchang, in China's Jiangxi Province on Jan. 26.

How Will New Export Controls Impact the Global Semiconductor Shortage?

The U.S. mirrors tactics used against China on Russia as war in Ukraine escalates.

Tea pickers remove weeds at an organic tea plantation.
Tea pickers remove weeds at an organic tea plantation.

In Sri Lanka, Organic Farming Went Catastrophically Wrong

A nationwide experiment is abandoned after producing only misery.

A new closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera installed on the roof of a private Palestinian home in Hebron’s Tel Rumeida neighborhood is seen in the occupied West Bank on Dec. 4, 2021.
A new closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera installed on the roof of a private Palestinian home in Hebron’s Tel Rumeida neighborhood is seen in the occupied West Bank on Dec. 4, 2021.

How the Occupation Fuels Tel Aviv’s Booming AI Sector

Israel hones invasive surveillance technology on Palestinians before it is exported abroad.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell Announces Fed Decision On Interest Rates
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell Announces Fed Decision On Interest Rates
Chip factory in Germany
Chip factory in Germany

Don’t Use Chips to Play Poker With Putin

Semiconductor blockades are powerful sanctions—but may not prove effective with Russia.

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How to Fix Big Tech’s Diversity Problem

Tech companies around the world could easily recruit more women and minorities if only they knew where to look.

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