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From governments modernizing their use of technology to creating innovative policies to manage our lives—this page covers the trends and news that will influence the future of governance.

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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47790128
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BBC
Africa may save France's language from the decline it is experiencing elsewhere in the world.
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https://www.governing.com/columns/smart-mgmt/col-government-predictive-power-natural-language-processing.html
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GOVERNING
From preventing terrorism to spotting restaurant heath violations, a form of artificial intelligence called natural language processing can help connect the dots.
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https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-48552907
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BBC
How one BBC correspondent was locked out of China's top messaging app after posting photos.
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https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/1/20749517/social-network-legislation-hawley-privacy-research
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The Verge
Republicans and Democrats have ideas for regulating big tech platforms — and their bills are now moving through Congress. So far, though, there’s little agreement on a path forward
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https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-minded-to-appoint-ofcom-as-online-harms-regulator
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GOV.UK
Telecoms and broadcasting regulator to get role ensuring platforms protect users
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/19/twitter-supposed-to-spread-democracy-not-trumps-ravings
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The Guardian
Techno-utopians like me believed the internet would end authoritarianism. The president proves how wrong we were
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https://www.wired.com/story/germany-facebook-antitrust-ruling/
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Wired
The country’s antitrust regulator told Facebook it couldn't demand so much data from users simply to have an account. Experts say it’s a big deal.
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https://democracyjournal.org/arguments/infinite-discretion/
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Democracy
As data on people becomes more available, those with access to it are able to shape government, end careers, and maintain control.
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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/02/opinion/sunday/political-polarization.html
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The New York Times
The problem in America today is not incivility or intolerance. It’s something far worse.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/eric-zorn/ct-column-cancel-culture-nba-charlie-kirk-zorn-20200731-nbohyowc3rbkzpvxsqgv3nljpu-story.html
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Chicago Tribune
“Cancel culture” — a social environment in which those on one side of an issue attempt to silence, ostracize, shame, de-platform and, in some cases, have fired the people and companies aligned with the other side of an issue — is bipartisan.
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https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-net/2019/crisis-social-media
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Freedom House
What was once a liberating technology has become a conduit for surveillance and electoral manipulation.
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https://gen.medium.com/everyones-missing-the-obvious-when-it-comes-to-the-declining-u-s-birth-rate-679abebb854b
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Medium
The Center for Disease Control recently reported that the U.S. birth rate is at a record low. In an economy where babies cost a lot and paid leave is scarce, this should be no surprise.
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https://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2014/03/07/millennials-in-adulthood/
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Pew Research Center
Racially diverse, economically stressed and politically liberal, Millennials are building their own networks through social media – rather than through political parties, organized religion or marriage. Half now call themselves political independents, the highest share of any generation.
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https://reason.com/2014/03/07/millennials-very-politically-independent/
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Reason
Elizabeth Nolan Brown Millennials are poised to be the most politically independent generation yet, according to a new survey from
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https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/democracy/reports/2009/05/13/6021/the-political-ideology-of-the-millennial-generation/
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Center for American Progress
Study from John Halpin and Karl Agne shows progressive political values and beliefs among young adults.
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https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2007/01/09/a-portrait-of-generation-next/
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Pew Research Center
Summary of Findings This is part of a Pew Research Center series of reports exploring the behaviors, values and opinions of the teens and
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https://www.pewresearch.org/2008/04/28/gen-dems-the-partys-advantage-among-young-voters-widens/
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Pew Research Center
Trends in the opinions of America's youngest voters are often a barometer of shifting political winds. And that appears to be the case in 2008. Use the interactive tool to track generational differences in party affiliation over time.
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https://www.bloomberg.com/view/interactives/2015-millennials/
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Bloomberg
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https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/xgqymn/exclusive-poll-80-of-young-voters-think-global-warming-is-a-major-threat-to-life-as-we-know-it
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Vice
And 19% of voters 18-29 vape.
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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/19/business/economy/coronavirus-young-old.html
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The New York Times
Those entering the job market in a downturn may never catch up in pay, opportunities or confidence.
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https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-10/puww-wdf102814.php
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EurekAlert
In the era of big data, transparency has become a popular policy tool for addressing potential problems. But new research from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs shows that publicly disclosing personal information -- such as government officials' income -- may result in unintended consequences, such as pay cuts and turnover.