Monthly Archives: December 2014


Millennials, Nostalgia and Urban Preservation: Why we Clamor for a Past we Never Had

For a generation that grew up with unparalleled accessibility to the past, memory has never been more appealing. We immerse ourselves in the appropriated memories of previous generations, fixating on symbols like Mason Jars and cobblestones, resisting any visible break with the sepia-toned days of yore. We romanticize the architecture and styles of centuries past,…


Can Europe no Longer Afford “La Dolce Vita?”

The European Union gave three of its financial miscreants (Belgium, France, and Italy) Christmas presents early—three extra months to bring their budgets in line with legal requirements. All three governments will exceed the EU’s requirement for budget deficits to not exceed three percent of GDP. The problem, however, is far more serious than a three…


Botswana: The Corruption Exception

Once annually, Transparency International, a non-governmental organization that monitors corporate and political corruption in international development, releases a study referred to as the Corruption Perception Index (CPI). The CPI, which was first launched in 1995, ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. The information gathered to create…


Big Data and the Government: Friend not foe

The British Government recently launched ‘verify,’ a scheme that allows citizens to prove their identity online. The public reaction was less than enthusiastic. The Times, a reputable British newspaper, exclaimed in its headline ‘Virtual ID for everyone – Privacy fears over vast expansion of online services.’ In the post-Snowden environment it is privacy campaigners not…

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