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March 8th, 2012

Stanford's Fukuyama launches new project to measure governance

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Measuring the quality of governance is a challenge for social scientists trying to assess a country’s ability to deliver public services to its citizens. Francis Fukuyama, the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute, recognized that many of the current ways to assess good governance are too general and do not account for the variations that occur within complex societies such as China or the United States. Fukuyama has also realized that democracy is not always a necessary ingredient for good governance and in some cases authoritarian countries govern more effectively than their democratic counterparts. Read more »

Rodney Ewing in Science magazine reviews irradiated nuclear fuel on Fukushima anniversary

CISAC in the news: Science on March 9, 2012

On anniversary of Japan's nuclear disaster, CISAC affiliate Rodney Ewing reviews in Science magazine the various nuclear fuel interactions after a meltdown.

"Where are the Women?" in the Huffington Post

CDDRL, Program on Social Entrepreneurship Op-ed

To commemorate International Women's Day on March 8, Kavita Ramdas and Robin Rogers blog in The Huffington Post about the role of women in the ongoing national debate on healthcare, contraception, and more. Read more »

Eikenberry receives George F. Kennan Award

Karl Eikenberry, the 2012 Payne Distinguished Lecturer, has received the George F. Kennan Award for Distinguished Public Service from the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP). Read more »

Helen Nissenbaum evaluates concerns about online privacy

CDDRL, Program on Liberation Technology News

New York University Professor Helen Nissenbaum outlined her approach to evaluating concerns about pervasive loss of online privacy at the March 8 Liberation Technology Seminar. +VIDEO+ Video available
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The human touch in medicine
Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch. Physician and writer Abraham Verghese describes our strange new world where patients are data points, and calls for a return to the traditional physical exam.
Mention of Abraham Verghese in WWNO on March 16, 2013

Open and Closed
Evgeny Morozov: "Openness is today a powerful cult, a religion with its own dogmas. 'Owning pipelines, people, products or even intellectual property is no longer the key to success. Openness is,' proclaims the Internet pundit Jeff Jarvis."
Mention of Evgeny Morozov in New York Times on March 16, 2013

Keep Calm and Carry On... Buying
Evgeny Morozov: "When former Wired editor Chris Anderson wrote of 'the long tail' — the idea that, thanks to the Internet, companies can look beyond blockbusters and make money on obscure products — he never warned us it would be so long and so ugly. Somehow, well-crafted niche products have surrendered to algorithmic schlock."
Mention of Evgeny Morozov in New York Times on March 9, 2013

How Facebook could get you arrested
Evgeny Morozov: "Smart technology and the sort of big data available to social networking sites are helping police target crime before it happens. But is this ethical?"
Mention of Evgeny Morozov in The Guardian on March 9, 2013

Q&A: Larry Diamond's documentary on democracy activism
The documentary, for which Diamond was a producer, won high praise from critics and leaders like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Daily spoke with Diamond about the film’s origins, its critical reception and its future.
Mention of Larry Diamond in The Stanford Daily on February 4, 2013

Law Professor Hank Greely to receive 2012 Lyman Award
Since 1991, Hank Greely, '74, has delivered talks for alumni groups, including participating in Classes Without Quizzes during Reunion Homecoming and speaking on numerous panels for various Stanford student and alumni audiences.
Mention of Henry Greely in Stanford University News on January 23, 2013

First Person: Scott Sagan, Nuclear Disarmament Expert
Scott Sagan, nuclear disarmament expert, Senior Fellow at CISAC and Stanford professor of political science, talks with Lisa Van Dusen in the fall of 2012 about his life-long career in academic research, teaching and policy devoted to disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation.
Mention of Scott Sagan in Palo Alto Online on January 20, 2013

Reduce greenhouse gas by exporting coal? Yes, says Stanford economist
Western U.S. coal companies looking to expand sales to China will likely succeed, according to Stanford University economist Frank Wolak. But, due to energy market dynamics in the United States, those coal exports are likely to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases.
Mention of Frank Wolak in Stanford University News on January 15, 2013

How Obama Abandoned Bahrain's Democratic Reformers
Larry Diamond: "With the world watching other Middle East hotspots, the country's monarchy has continued suppressing anti-authoritarian dissidents -- and the White House has let it happen."
Mention of Larry Diamond in The Atlantic on January 9, 2013

Syria is Central to Holding Together the Mideast
Condoleezza Rice: "The civil war in Syria may well be the last act in the story of the disintegration of the Middle East as we know it. The opportunity to hold the region together and to rebuild it on a firmer foundation of tolerance, freedom and, eventually, democratic stability is slipping from our grasp."
Mention of Condoleezza Rice in Washington Post on November 3, 2012

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