(Big) Hopes and Hazards of Big Data

May 15, 2017

Technology is a tool. It can also be a weapon. During a day-long workshop organized by the School of Public Policy and the Department of Economics as part of the JustData project, activists, academics, legal scholars, and data scientists (see list of participants below) debated the impact that one particular type of technology – biometric identification – is having on civil liberties and democratic values, especially in India where the Aadhaar Act became law in 2016.

Seeking Common Ground through the Arts

May 13, 2017

It all began with a performance at the CEU Open Mic Night on March 23. “We got hooked on performing and were looking for opportunities around campus to make more music. We also wanted to do something to respond to the Lex CEU bill,” explained saxophonist Jake McGrew (MPA ’18).

The Right to Food in a Climate-Constrained World

May 9, 2017

Nearly 800 million people are chronically undernourished – despite the fact that we currently produce twice as much food as we need to feed the world’s population. The problem, according to George Soros Visiting Chair Carmen Gonzalez, is one of distribution and waste, not production. During a public lecture at the CEU School of Public Policy on April 26, Gonzalez explored “the three crises” related to food and agriculture: food security, agro-biodiversity, and climate change.

Record Number of Participants Attend GPA’s Advanced Course on Reversing the Resource Curse

May 8, 2017

Seventy participants from four continents are participating in a two-week advanced course, which examines the political economy of governance in resource-rich states, to explore how it impacts domestic policy debates and practice.

The course uses the Natural Resource Charter, a set of economic principles for governments and societies on how to best manage the opportunities created by natural resources to promote development, as its primary intellectual framework.

Economic Development will not Necessarily Lead to Democracy

May 8, 2017

There is a widespread belief that as countries develop economically, they are more likely to become – or to remain – democratic. Recent events in, for example Russia and Turkey, however, suggest that the link between economic development and democratization may not be as strong as once expected.