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  • After years of growing suspicion toward the latest wave of digital technologies and the companies and governments that control them, Beyond the Techlash brings together economists, technologists, policymakers, and business leaders to consider how the lost promise of twenty-first-century innovation can be reclaimed. They do not all agree on the best path forward, but each recognizes that the next stage of the revolution must bring new forms of freedom, not new reasons to live in fear.

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      Empowering Africa’s Digital Entrepreneurs

      Perseus Mlambo & Lydia Chiseche Ngoma identify what governments must do to seize the opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
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      How Europe Rules the Digital Economy

      Anu Bradford shows how the European Union has become the de facto global leader in tech and data governance.
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      A Splinternet Prevention Plan

      Dambisa Moyo explains why only a global governance framework for the digital economy can prevent its fragmentation.
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      The New Digital-Payments Race

      Huw van Steenis urges central banks to respond to the rise of new payment technologies with extreme caution.
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      Alice in Libraland

      Barry Eichengreen explains how Facebook's questionable foray into the currency domain has launched a flurry of responses.
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      Why Libra Matters

      Dante Alighieri Disparte explains how Facebook's digital currency will kick-start innovation and boost financial inclusion.
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      Latin America’s Coming Techlash

      Robert Muggah says the region is facing a reckoning with the downside of embracing the digital economy.
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      Resurrect Antitrust

      Robert B. Reich argues that breaking up the Big Tech companies is needed to reduce their market leverage and political clout.
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      The Game Changer Beyond AI

      Geoff Mulgan shows why technologies that capitalize on human capabilities are better than those that replace them.
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      How the Other Half Automates

      Daron Acemoglu worries that technologies being created in advanced economies will be of little use to the developing world.
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      The False Promise of “Ethical AI”

      Maciej Kuziemski rejects the fashionable notion that technology firms can and will regulate themselves voluntarily.
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      Preventing Data Authoritarianism

      Katharina Pistor calls for a ban on nearly all collection and storage of personal information.

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