The Post-COVID-19 World: Recognizing Our Interconnectedness and Avoiding Negative Equilibria (CIGI)

The pandemic has made it clear, in a deeply visceral way, that our lives are inextricably connected. Success in this networked and globalized world depends on appreciating this interconnectedness.

Carly Kind On Contact-tracing Apps (CIGI)

Efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic have essentially shut down the economy. Now, as regions now look to reopen, the focus is shifting to minimizing further infection by monitoring the virus’s spread and notifying people who may have been exposed to it. Public health authorities around the globe have deployed or are developing contact-tracing or contact-notification mobile apps. Apple and Google have partnered to develop a Bluetooth-based, contact notification application programming interface, now available as an update for their mobile operating systems.

After COVID-19, Will We Live in a Big Brother World? (CIGI)

Technologists have been warning us for years — long before the outbreak late last December of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) — about the sophisticated surveillance technology increasingly applied to our everyday lives, as businesses watch our every move, predict our behaviour, and sell us the products and services we rely upon.

Bessma Momani

The New World Order, Shaped by Deals Rather than Rules (CIGI)

Secure your own oxygen mask before assisting others. Anyone who has flown on an airplane will recall the safety demonstration advising them to only help others after they’ve ensured their own flow of oxygen. One might say that the same principle has also applied to managing the response to COVID-19. Governments have scrambled to ensure “oxygen” — literally, in the case of stockpiling ventilators — for their citizens first. This impulse was a reasonable one, albeit hard to reconcile sometimes in the context of an interdependent world.

Hector Torres

COVID-19: The Failure of G20 (CIGI)

The world faced its last major global crisis twelve years ago. Out of it emerged the Group of Twenty (G20)—an informal forum for world leaders to address the economic challenges threatening the world economy at that time. Most observers gave the new body high marks for averting a global economic collapse and saw it as an important innovation in global governance. Leaders called it their premier forum for economic cooperation.

Thomas A. Bernes

The Data Imperative in the Post-COVID Economy (CIGI)

Early on in this century, a quiet revolution took place: businesses began putting more money and resources into developing things you can’t see. Uber doesn’t own cars. Airbnb doesn’t own properties. Rather, these two companies have grown exponentially through their data and software.

 Robert FayDan Ciuriak

Will the Coronavirus Prompt Central Bankers to Rethink Their Approach to Digital Currencies? (CIGI)

The Bank of Canada’s fight against the next Great Recession began on March 4, when Governor Stephen Poloz and his five deputies cut the benchmark interest rate by half a percentage point.

Kevin Carmichael

The Gap Between Chinese Science and Technology Ambition and Reality (CIGI)

China has actively supported the local semiconductor industry in the past decade, but it has proved that its ambition is far greater than its strength-in addition to expecting to lead the world in AI technology in 2030, as well as its blueprint for semiconductor production in its “Made in China 2025” plan.

George Leopold – EE Times