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All Backchannels Entries Tagged 'policy'

African cities in the changing global landscape

Reflections / Prince K. Guma

"Questions need to be posed as to how we ought to (dis)associate and (dis)connect from/with dominant and inextricable narratives, imaginaries and dichotomies if we must accurately subsume the African city within the increasingly precarious global present."

AI’s Prediction Problem

Reflections / Steve G. Hoffman

Is prediction in AI a fool's errand?

A Syllabus for Contextualizing Energy Policy Debates

Reflections / Brian Hamilton and Rachel Gross

Here we follow the examples of other scholars who have contributed to public conversation by creating accessible syllabi (for example, the University of Minnesota’s brand-new #ImmigrationSyllabus) that compile academic and non-academic readings to contextualize contemporary debates.

Will Populism Kill Your Jetpack?

Reflections / Scott Smith and Georgina Voss

Preachings from the pulpit of populism promise to summon up a world that existed from the end of World War II until the tech boom of the 1980s.

Obama’s legacy in science, technology and innovation

Reflections / Jonathan Coopersmith

In office Obama was fundamentally an optimist about the potential of science and technology to improve society and safely expand the economy.

4S Preview: Governing Scientific Excellence

Projects / Alex Rushforth, Laurens Hessels, Ruth Müller, Sarah de Rijcke, Thomas Franssen, Tjitske Holtrop & Wolfgang Kaltenbrunner

Despite growing interest, as an object of study ‘excellence’ discourses, policies, and instruments remain somewhat difficult to pin down. This is at least partly due to the term itself being something of an ambiguous container concept.