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Friday
Nov152013

China and Sovereignty of Information

In this third essay in a series, Kit Dawnay discusses sovereign control of information in China and the changes wrought by social and technological change.

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Tuesday
Nov122013

The Sovereign’s Data: Ritual, Archival, Digital

In this second essay in a series, Joseph Ansorge discusses the sovereign's appetite for data and the tools used to "identify and sort" human populations.

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Monday
Nov112013

Sovereign Data in International Relations

In the wake of Edward Snowden's leak of NSA secrets, surveillance, privacy and the nature of information have dominated headlines. Thesigers has been toying with the notion of "sovereign data" for a while...

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Wednesday
Jul312013

Ethnic Futurism in the Gulf 

Given the parlous state of global affairs in recent years, there has been a renewed focus on futurism. It questions the grandiose projections of future-obsessed Western thinkers and artists of the past, and

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Monday
Jul292013

Somali Piracy: Risk, Benefit, Reward

Given the decline in attacks and speculation as to their causes, various factors underpinning Somali piracy are worth considering. On-shore conditions have not changed significantly, making it difficult to

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Monday
Jul292013

Cyber attacks in the Middle East

The 2009 ‘Stuxnet’ attack on Iran’s nuclear programme set off a virtual campaign of computer-based attacks in the Middle East, revealing increased cyber capabilities among

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Saturday
Jul202013

Elections in Japan

The polls on 21 July for the House of Councillors will clarify whether the administration of Shinzo Abe, which took office in December 2012, has popular support.  Abe needs 72 seats to secure a Liberal

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