Month: December 2013

We the Gamers

“Video games matter.” I have lost track how many times I’ve said that. It is not that I am trying to justify my interests; anyone who pays attention to social trends will notice that digital games are more prolific every year… as are debates about their influences. I make that statement, because they matter in policy. Unfortunately, too many studies do a poor job translating their research into policy language and many fail to make a policy relevant conclusion at all. This leaves policymakers interested in gaming policy poorly informed. I use the term “digital” instead of “video” in...

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World Bank Report Misses Needed Substantive Analysis for Crowdfunding’s Potential in the Developing World

Recently (October, 2013), InfoDev, a program of the World Bank, commissioned a study on crowdfunding’s potential for the developing world. This is an important report because, to the best of my knowledge, it’s the first on crowdfunding as a tool for development commissioned by the World Bank or any entity of similar international authority. While this report will act as a much needed catalyst for a very important and lengthy conversation to come, I believe there is additional research and analysis warranting the World Bank’s immediate attention and resources. The report analyzes a sample of known crowdfunding portals (CFPs) from...

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Qatar 2022: A World Cup Built on Slavery

For the first time in history, an Arab country, Qatar, has won the bid to host the World Cup in 2022. Yet, allegations of borderline slave labor used to build the stadium have caused many to wonder whether Qatar deserves to host the World Cup. These allegations are based on two prominent studies independently conducted by Amnesty International and the UK newspaper, The Guardian. This shocking revelation is particularly disappointing considering that Qatar won the bid by highlighting the World Cup’s potential to bridge gaps between the Arab and Western worlds and to create unity and understanding. Sheikh Mohammed bin...

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America Needs More Extremists: Confronting the Myth of Political Polarization

The argument that America is in the stranglehold of widening, bitter political battles has become so prevalent that it is widely accepted as true. The problem, however, is that it’s not. Senate Democrats complained that President Obama’s appointments were being blocked by an “obstructionist” Republican minority- even though only 4 out of 1,560 Obama appointees have actually been denied confirmation by the Senate since the President took office. Republicans in Congress decry the passage of the Affordable Care Act, claiming that Democrats seek to expand the government’s role in healthcare- when Republicans silently did the same thing with the...

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