On Elizabeth Warren, antitrust law and alternatives ways to regulate Big Tech

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Image by Simon Steinberger from Pixabay

In 2019, the call to reign in the world’s largest tech companies has never been stronger. Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft: the Big 5 of the tech industry, which didn’t exist just a few decades ago, are today worth more than the U.K.’s entire economy. Their sheer size has allowed these companies to wield unprecedented power. Only recently have we begun to question the nature of Big Tech’s encroaching influence in our lives, particularly with regard to ethical concerns over data collection and privacy.

Silicon Valley is now surrounded by critics, but none so vocal as the leading 2020 presidential…


By Samantha Bansil, Matthieu Kovel-Lazzarini, Gloriana Lang-Clachar, Alexandra Not and Aizhan Shorman

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Photo by Steve Buissinne via Pixabay

Algorithms are everywhere. They influence many of our choices, from where we eat to who we date and what we binge on Netflix. Only recently have we begun to explore the use of algorithms to improve the decision-making process in a variety of sectors. This can have an enormous impact in the realm of education, where algorithms can help both teachers and policymakers better serve the needs of their students. In this post, we will explore how school systems around the world have started to implement algorithms. …


The quest of six Sciences Po students to harness France’s open crime data for the greater good.

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After two days of fierce struggle to acquire basic competence in R, we students of the Master Digital and New Technology in Sciences Po participated in a Datathon aiming at experimenting the research and computation of Open datasets from the French Public services. Six of us decided to work on the question of the cost of civil servants.

The challenges of finding the right data

Our public policy question initially focused on the cost of civil servants in France. In order to successfully answer our research question, we attempted to find accurate and reliable data on the Internet, however, we quickly realised that a lot of datasets…


Tech scholar Calestous Juma on what disruption really means.

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Photo courtesy of PIRO4d via Pixabay

Nowadays, the world appears to be swept up in the throes of newness. Every month a new app enters the marketplace, promising to upend everything — from how you order takeout to the way you find love. Investors and Average Joes alike inject billions of hard-earned cash into fledgling IPOs, all for fear of missing out on the Next Big Thing.

Newness is so now ubiquitous that we forget it wasn’t always this way. Historically, emerging technologies have been met with distrust and resistance across all sectors of society. …


We’re living through the best of times — and the worst.

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Amazon Spheres. Photo Courtesy of SonderBruce.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.

Charles Dickens penned these fabled words in 1859. In the light of Amazon’s HQ2 announcement and the current state of American affairs, these words have more relevance for today’s world than ever before.

A Tale of Two Cities takes place…


Meet the venture capital investors that make a16z look like a rainy day fund.

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It began in Palo Alto, in the summer of 1995. Two computer scientists crossed paths for the first time. They quickly realized that they have nothing in common — expect, of course, Stanford University and an affinity for code.

A year later, they would channel their bickering into binary. Their goal was anything but simple: organize all of the information in the world.

The computer scientists were named Larry Page and Sergey Brin. They spent night after night chugging away in their dorm rooms before coming…


Why I’m Done with Holy Bullsh*t

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At last night’s midnight mass, mere seconds after the homily, my family burst from our local church in dumbfounded rage.

We had entered the church in good cheer. It was the same church we had frequented when we were kids. Sunday after Sunday — until one Sunday years ago, when we discovered the Archbishop of Newark’s condemnation of same-sex marriage and all its supporters.

This was when my mother, who was always the one who had to drag us out of bed for 10:00 AM mass, put her foot down. …


A letter to Trump supporters on what these words really mean

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From CNN.com

“Not my President!”

On November 9th, just one night after the 2016 presidential election, these words filled the streets in cities all across the country. On cardboard signs and angry lips, these words echoed throughout the crowds. Protestors young and old, male and female, straight and gay, black and white, and every color in between — these words became their battle cry.

I was among them. Me: a woman of the campus left, a child of immigrants, raised and educated in the comforts of the Northeastern elite. I’m everything the alt-right (read: white supremacists) are supposed to hate.

That is why Donald Trump is #NotMyPresident.

Let’s get one thing straight…

Samantha Bansil

Recovering clickbait writer | Expat | Tech policy graduate @SciencesPo

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