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Local Journalism in the Digital Age

How can local journalism be updated for the 21st century? In the latest edition of the Weekly Wonk, researchers from The New Measures Research Project at Rutgers University explain their unique approach to identifying the health of local news ecosystems and locating areas of staggering information inequality.

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Contested Terrain: The Future of Afghan Women

EVENT May 28, 2015 12:15 PM– 01:45 PM

Thursday May 28, 2015

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With the U.S. withdrawing from Afghanistan and a new Afghan government having assumed power, where does the future of Afghan women lie? In her new book, "Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders," Sally L. Kitch explores the crisis in contemporary Afghan women's lives by focusing on the stories of Judge Marzia Basel and Ms. Jamila Afghani from 2005 through 2014, providing an oft-ignored perspective on the personal and professional lives of Afghanistan's women.

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EVENT June 04, 2015 12:15 PM– 01:45 PM

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Popular wisdom holds that technology can help the developing world make great strides, whether it’s by facilitating education, helping with access to water, or delivering much-needed medication. But Kentaro Toyama, W. K. Kellogg Associate Professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Information and co-founder of Microsoft Research India, argues in a new book that believing technology is the key to fixing these problems is wrong-headed, and can have damaging results.

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RESOLVED: TECHNOLOGY WILL TAKE ALL OUR JOBS

EVENT June 04, 2015 06:30 PM– 08:00 PM

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Policy wonks and journalists in Washington like to fret about otherwise desirable technological progress subtracting millions of manufacturing and entry-level service sector jobs from the overall economy. It hasn't been their own jobs, mind you, that they typically consider to be threatened by automation. Surely no amount of computing power can write policy papers or newspaper columns, negotiate with Iran, oversee constituent services in a congressional office or, um, convene a debate at a think tank. Or can it? Will the advent of truly nuanced, intuitive artificial intelligence render the vast majority of workers in all segments of the economy redundant? What would that mean for former think tank debate-conveners? A glorious age of leisure with bountiful productivity gains for all, or a Great Depression for all but a very few? Or are all such questions just another tiresome bout of excessive hype (and Luddite angst) around technology that will invariably prove overblown?

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in the news | May 21, 2015 | Future of War

Australian Defence Force 20 years behind US in preparing for drone-based warfare, expert says

Peter W Singer, a strategist at the New America Foundation and former senior fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington, said 80 different countries already equipped their militaries with drones, plus they were being used by non-state actors like Islamic State, paparazzi and farmers. He said the human role in controlling drones was also changing. "They can do things like take off and land on their own, fly mission waypoints on their own, ID targets on their own," he said.

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in the news | May 21, 2015 | Future of War International Security

Dr. Strange-oil

Pressure caused by cratering oil prices may make Putin act in ways that the West may not expect. Around half of the Russian government’s revenue comes from the oil and natural gas economy. The Russian 2015-2017 draft budget is based on a $100-per-barrel price for a $400 billion-per-year budget. But oil has been trading between $45 and $65 for the last several months, and some believe it could dip into the mid-$20 range. Meanwhile, the ruble lost half its value against the dollar in 2014, and inflation in Russia has ballooned to 17 percent. The economy is projected to precipitously shrink by 3 to 8 percent in 2015.