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Asia Pacific Economics

The Great Firewall takes on VPNs

China’s Security Council seems bent on expanding internet restrictions nationwide. Following new legislation in June this year, the crackdown has been swift: even major firms such as Apple and Whatsapp are on the chopping block. The recent banning of VPN services has huge implications for multinationals and the foreign employees that they hire.

International Security Technology and infrastructure

Fighting ISIS on social media won’t stop them from using it

Efforts by Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube in 2017 are certainly welcomed, but removing ISIS from social media platforms is expected to be a daunting task.

North America Politics

Winners and losers of the battle against H1B visas

The Trump administration may move start implementing another electoral promise: protecting American jobs by revisiting the non-immigrant visa system.

Economics North America

New startup rule will increase immigrants’ impact on US entrepreneurship

Immigrants are 15 percent of the U.S. population, but build a quarter of the country’s businesses. A new executive order wants to help them create more.

Asia Pacific Technology and infrastructure

Baidu in China: Crisis from beyond the grave

Major Chinese firm Baidu is under scrutiny after being accused of promoting misleading medical information—how will markets and politicians respond?

Europe Technology and infrastructure

Google’s antitrust charges underscore EU’s battle on anti-competitiveness

Europe is struggling to reconcile an era of a rapid change in the tech industry, the power of giant tech firms, and ‘big data’.

Economics Technology and infrastructure

Inside the driverless car market

Policy makers and business leaders will need to act prudently in order to balance the benefits of driverless car technology with mitigating risks.

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

New Hampshire holds primary. Obama sends budget to Congress. NATO Ministers meet. Google execs appear before UK Parliament. South African President releases address. All in the Weekly Risk Outlook. New Hampshire holds nation’s first primary,

Europe Finance

EU plans to battle corporate tax avoidance unlikely to succeed

The EU crackdown on tax avoidance is a step in the right direction. But it is unlikely to prove effective and its implementation will be made difficult by the lack

International Natural resources and energy

Deforestation impacting pharmaceutical industry

Global rainforests hold unknown treasures for fighting and curing multiple diseases. But whilst the complete destruction of the world’s remaining rainforests looms on the horizon, pharmaceutical companies are only slowly